How Chiropractic Works to Eliminate Headaches | Upper Cervical Chiropractor in Mount Dora, FL
Hey everybody, in this video we want to talk about how Chiropractic care works to eliminate headaches. So I’m going to keep it simple just using a couple of posters behind me to help illustrate the key things. One of the things we’re known for in this office and what we specialize in, is paying particular attention to this area, which is known as the cranial cervical junction. That’s technical speak for where your head and neck come together, but there is a very rich bed of neurological and vascular activity here that are often correlated not only with headaches, but a lot of other health problems.
Small Misalignments Causing Headaches
So what can happen is you’ve got a 10 pound head, sitting on a two ounce bone, and your head is sitting on these two little peanut shaped joint surfaces. So we’re kind of like these bobbleheads. Bicycles, skateboards, sports injuries, car accidents, and everything from when you’re born up until this day, could ultimately shift and misalign this part of the spine. The challenge is actually assessing this properly, to do very specific evaluations and very precise types of imaging, just to properly see the misalignment. In order to fix it, you have to be able to see it. So that’s what we do here. Now in terms of how that can help headaches, when you have a misalignment here, it can create a whole cascade of things. Mostly these are things that you’re not aware of, but obviously if you’re having headaches or migraines, maybe neurological symptoms, you’re gonna know that these things are being affected.
How Spinal Cord Tension Causes Headaches
So number one is spinal cord tension. You have little ligaments set that suspend into the spinal cord and inside your spine, which can put tension on the spinal cord itself. Venous drainage and arterial supply are symptoms, so now we’re affecting blood flow into and out of the brain. If you look on this model spine here, this would be the neck and this is the base of the skull, and you can see the blood vessels you’ve got that run through the vertebrae along the side of the neck, and then up to the base of the skull.So misalignments in the spine here can actually affect blood flow into the brain, and venous drainage out of the brain, which can certainly create headaches and other neurological type issues. Then there’s also cerebral spinal fluid flow, which is flowing into and out, and that’s what’s nourishing your brain and pulling toxins out. You can affect your balance, create stress, obviously pain and altered function. So again, we’re kind of focusing on headaches here, but it can create a whole host of other neurological issues, dizziness, balance, vertigo, those types of things. Okay.
So the other thing we’re going to notice when there’s a misalignment here is the nerves that control your postural muscles all the way down in your ankle, are emanating from this area of the spine. So interference of those signals can distort your posture mounts, which is one of the reasons we check that during an evaluation. As you can imagine, this is going to pull on your knee and hip. So this can create hip pain, back pain, neck, shoulder pain. So if you have shoulder and neck pain, headaches are at the top of the list here. This is what an upper cervical misalignment will do to someone. It’s not that we’re ignoring the rest of the spine, but when it pertains specifically to headaches, we want to work really closely here. So once we correct this misalignment, this will all balance out. So your nerves will actually balance how your muscles are firing, which is then going to balance your spine. And once we take that tension off the spine, it’s going to reduce tension off your discs, off your supportive ligaments and other connective tissue.
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