When a person hears the word inflammation, it is generally viewed as a negative thing. The fact is, however, inflammation is usually a good thing. It is the body’s natural defense system kicking in. When we get hurt, the body reacts by sending white blood cells and other agents to the injured area to keep us safe from bacteria and viruses. This results in the warm, red, and swollen feeling we get. It causes the body to heal. It also reminds us to be careful not to damage the area once again, making sure it can be healed properly and quickly.
The problem comes in when the body overreacts. This is called chronic inflammation. It means the defense system is always running in the background causing healthy tissue to be attacked. In essence, it is like using a water hose to put out a house fire. If there is a fire, using water is a good thing. However, using a water hose on a house that is not on fire or when the fire is already out merely causes damage to the house. One result of chronic inflammation is migraine headaches.
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Migraines are a neurological disorder that has such symptoms as headache, vertigo (dizziness), nausea, and sensitivity to sound and light. Why does inflammation cause migraines? This is possibly due to a misalignment in the upper neck vertebrae.
The top two bones of the neck, the atlas and axis, are particularly susceptible to having misalignments. If there is a problem here, the brainstem is affected. The brainstem is the body’s communication highway. If pressure is put on it due to a misalignment of the neck, signals to and from the brain and body become distorted. One of the results of this is that the body produces too many anti-inflammatory responses and does not function properly, leading to migraines.
At 1st Place Chiropractic, we appreciate the need for the spine to be healthy. We have been specifically trained to use the NUCCA technique to find these misalignments and correct them. Our patients have reported overwhelming success at seeing their migraines decrease in intensity and even go away entirely after receiving only a few adjustments from us.
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