Hi, I'm Dr. Drury with The Upper Cervical Spine Center. Today I want to talk to you about something that we see in our office daily, and that's headaches and migraine headaches. If you have headaches, you have migraines, I'm sure it's preventing you from being able to be the person that you want to be. It's probably interfering with your work schedule, with your home life, with being a good husband or wife, or even a good mother or father.
What we have found so many times with these people that have migraines, it's maybe once a month, maybe it's once a week, sometimes it's once a day that's interfering with their life, is that there's a problem going on on the inside. If you take a medication, what does medication do? Do you think those headaches come from a Tylenol deficiency or a lack of Imitrex? No. Those drugs are only going to temporarily mask the problem for them to continue and start to come back.
What we have found is the problem starts on the inside. It's something going on specifically at the top of the neck, the upper cervical spine, and what we found is if one of these bones up here at the very top of the neck get interfered with then it does two things. It can put pressure on the brain stem. The brain stem comes out of the head down to the top two bones then the spinal cord the rest of the way down. If it puts pressure on the brain stem that can interfere with the normal communication from the brain to the body and can create stress in the upper part of the neck, which can ultimately create neck pain or not and ultimately lead to tension headaches.
Now at the same time when that bone misaligns, it can actually interfere with blood flow to the brain, which can result in the symptoms that go along with migraines, the lack of blood flow to the brain creates the aura, the blood vessels get inflamed, get irritated. What I would suggest you do is have someone check to see if you have a problem at the top of your neck that could be creating your headaches or your migraines, and at the Upper Cervical Spine Center that's our specialty.
We focus all our attention on this part of the body because it's so vital to everything else that when that bone gets misaligned, and it causes the interference, it can create havoc on the whole body, so if you have headaches, if you have migraines, give our office a call. Let's find out where those migraines are coming from and see what we can do to help you. Hope you have a great day.