Got Questions about Migraine Headaches? — Have you been looking for help with the pain?
You’ve come to the right place — We can help you!
A client came into our office literally rejoicing about living for the last 7 months free of pain!!+++ She was here for a routine checkup and wanted me to share her story…
+++UPDATE: On November 30th, 2012 this client came back to see me with the first migraine she’d had since her first upper cervical adjustment in May of 2011. She needed another adjustment (C1 & C2 vertebrae were misaligned) after falling off the back of a moving truck a few weeks prior. She had landed very hard on her rear end and the concussion of forces from the impact traveled up her spine and jammed the little bones in her upper neck against the skull putting pressure on the brain stem.
She was scanned, adjusted, rested, rechecked, and then sent home. We checked up with her again a few days later, and she was free of subluxation! And she’s celebrating being FREE of pain again!! Over the last year she told me, “I haven’t felt this good in 20 years!” and “I’m able to concentrate less on pain and more on life.”
During the last 20 months she has only had an occasional stress headache, but was thrilled to report 82 weeks straight WITHOUT a MIGRAINE!!!! (until the moving truck accident).
…now, back to her story in 2011:
For the previous 16 years (since a 1995 head/neck whiplash injury) she had suffered from debilitating “extreme migraine headache” symptoms. The doctors told her that the Scoliosis AND Migraines were caused by trauma to her spine. The pain had a negative impact on her family and friends. There were many times she would miss work due to the pain. These migraine episodes could last several days at a time…the most recent migraine (back in April 2011) lasted 10 and 1/2 days.
Her symptoms included intense pressure and stabbing in the head and sinuses, aura, nausea, visual disturbances, dizziness and vertigo. She also dealt with some sciatica over the last year or so, presumably related to spinal dysfunction from past head and neck trauma and subsequent scoliosis.
She told me, “Pain impacts my ability to work and function on a daily basis. Pain can range from tolerable to completely incapacitating.”
Over the course of time she had spent countless thousands of dollars trying to find a cure for her migraines…She sought help from multiple doctors over the years including: general practitioner M.D.s, D.O.s, D.C.s, as well as neurologists, pain specialists, physical and massage therapists, chiropractors, among others in the “healthcare” field.
She tried lots of drug therapy over the years:
prescription medication, injections into the base of her skull, steroids, and narcotics;
OTC drugs such as Advil, Aleve, Excedrin migraine, alcohol, tobacco, caffeine; and a variety of other
Rx meds including: topomax, imitrex, amitryptylene, nortiptylene, toradol, phenergan, meclizine, etc.
Nothing fixed the cause.
Nothing gave her more than temporary relief.
She wanted a cure…
The Rx drug therapies, various treatments, and self-medication with a hazardous cocktail of chemicals never solved her problem. WebMD, and most of the modern medicine, is missing the boat, out in left field, totally off the reservation on this one…migraines and nausea cannot be fixed by drug therapy.
Finally, her M.D. in Centerton, AR referred her into our office for upper cervical specific chiropractic care. He wanted the very best for her and also respected what I do enough to suggest she try this unique approach (and clearly their current plan of treating symptoms was ineffective so they “had nothing to lose” by going to see another Chiropractor).
The Blair Upper Cervical Specific chiropractic care is a largely unknown, but highly effective approach in healthcare. Through a detailed analysis of the function and alignment of the upper spine, we can determine the exact misalignment factors causing pressure in the central nerve system. Head & neck imbalance distorts the delicate nerve fibers in the upper neck reducing the flow of information between the brain & body. This subluxation process (improper tension in the spine and spinal cord from a misaligned & dysfunctional vertebral column) was the cause of her problems. Restoring a clear brain-to-body neurological connection allows the body to function better.
And that is exactly what happened.
She was *adjusted and her body started healing and functioning properly. I did not “cure her migraines” anymore than I fixed her scoliosis or stopped a 14 year old kid from wetting his bed.
Her body fixed itself (this is called vitalism or the principle of restoration).
This process of balancing the spine is accomplished with a precise adjustment of the Atlas and Axis bones in the upper neck (1st and 2nd cervical vertebrae).
Is there any lasting relief from migraines? YES!
Can the body cure headaches? YES!
Our specific care worked wonderfully for this lady. She has become a huge fan of chiropractic (at least our version of vitalistic Blair upper cervical specific) because it has given her hope, healing, better function, complete relief of migraine symptoms, and a normal life.
Do you really want to get rid of your migraine headache symptoms?
Drugs are NOT the answer.
You weren’t designed to need a drug.
Headaches are NOT caused by a medication deficiency.
Here is what you are missing: BRAIN to BODY communication so your body can function properly…and it all starts at the brain stem and spinal cord in the upper neck…it is as simple as that!
Give Dr. Blackketter a call 479.696.8000
Set up your free consultation at GENESIS Chiropractic – Bentonville, NW Arkansas
* We never do any popping, cracking, twisting, jerking, or traction on the head or neck.
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