Everything you need to know about migraines

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Hey, everyone! Dr. Shaw here with the Upper Cervical SpineCenter, and today, I want to talk to you about migraines. I am sureeveryone knows what a migraine is, but maybe you don't know all thesymptoms that could go with a migraine. Everyone knows thatmigraine is a severe headache, but a lot of times these peopleexperience things called auras, which are visual disturbances.Sometimes, people experience light sensitivity, sound sensitivity,so bright lights, and loud noises really bother them. People havevertigo attacks. People get nauseous and throw up. It is a really,really debilitating condition. The worst part about it is that mostpeople who suffer from migraines suffer from them on a day-to-daybasis.

Unfortunately, the health community doesn't really know how totreat these migraines. A lot of times painkillers are involved, andeven anti-anxiety and anti-depressants are prescribed to try tobetter deal with vertigo attacks.

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What can we do with upper cervical care to help these peoplewith migraines? We see migraines every single day. People who dealwith migraines in our office come to find out they get reliefquickly.

Let's talk about what happens between the brain and the heartand why migraines occur.

In a normal human being, the brain needs oxygen constantly.However, when the brain is not getting enough oxygen, it tells theheart, "Hey, I need more oxygen, so you need to pump more blood upto me." 

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It is important to note that the brain controls every bloodvessel in our body. It tells our arteries when to dilate and whento constrict, or open and close. Normally, when the heart ispumping more blood up to the brain, so the brain can get thisoxygen, the brain tells the blood vessels to dilate - the bloodgets up to the brain and everything is good. However, when peoplesuffer from migraines, the brain is not communicating to the bodyas it should, and that includes the blood vessels, like thearteries.

When the heart is pumping blood up to the brain and the brain isnot controlling the dilation of the arteries, those arteries stayconstricted. Now, you have all this blood pumping up against thearteries, which causes inflammation and irritation of thosearteries. On top of that, the brain is still not getting enoughoxygen, which attributes to the auras, light sensitivity, soundsensitivity, nausea; all because the brain is not getting enoughoxygen.

That is how migraines work. That is why with upper cervicalcare, we see unbelievable results with migraine relief because wecan take the pressure off of the brainstem and allow the brain tocommunicate with the heart as it should. This allows those bloodvessels to dilate to get the blood back up to the brain, andeverything works just like it should without any neurologicalissues and without any pain.

If you or someone you love are suffering from the debilitatingcondition of migraines, please give our office a call at (704)588-5560. We are right here in the Charlotte area. If you are notin the Charlotte area, give our office a call anyway and I promisewe will find someone as close to you as we can. I hope you have anamazing day.

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