The hidden cause of Migraines

Migraines are something that nearly every American will deal with at one point in their lives.  Something that seems to be such a common problem can have such a devastating effect on someones life.  I personally have dealt with this and it’s actually what has lead me to become the doctor that I am today. 

Currently more than 37 million people suffer from migraines or headaches.  These can become such a problem that even 11 million people each year blame migraines for causing moderate to severe disability!  At this point I think it is safe to say that these are becoming more and more common. However, why don’t we hear more about how bad migraines are.  I mean a couple kids get the flu and it’s a nation wide up roar but, 37 million people deal with debilitating pain from a migraine and nothing is said.  I’ve seen some patients and even close friends deal with migraines regularly and I know that its not something you would wish upon your worst enemy. 

At Active Medical Center we see patients with all sorts of different aches and pains.  So, what about migraines? How can we help migraine suffers get some relief?  Let’s look at some of the triggers for migraines: Caffeine withdrawal, Gluten sensitivity, Reactive Hypoglycemia, Aspartame, and even emotional stress.  This of course is not even mentioning how structural changes of the neck can be involved.  Let’s break this down...Caffeine withdrawal, Gluten sensitivity, reactive hypoglycemia, and aspartame all deal with nutritional concerns.  When it comes to caffeine we all know we should be weary of getting addicted to it.  Meaning an occasional cup of coffee is ok but when it becomes a forced habit, then we need to reanalyze our morning habits.  Gluten sensitivity and reactive hypoglycemia both have to do with staying away from those simply carbohydrates such as the white breads and even the processed sugars that unfortunately seem to be popping up in everything.  Remember if you are to be eating any grains at all then they should be the whole/ancient grains that are stone ground.  Items such as eziekel bread are not perfect but ok for a substitute.  As far as aspartame, just don’t do it.  To many studies have been shown to link aspartame with a whole host of problems.  Remember you want to stick with the all natural sweeteners such as Stevia or Xylitol. 

What about the structure of your neck, where does it fit in with migraines.  One of the biggest culprits of migraines can be the Trigeminal nerve which has three branches covering most of the face.  Typically, when we see patients dealing with migraines there is severe subluxation or misalignment at their occiput and atlas.  Meaning their skull and the first bone in their neck are severally pressed together putting and incredible amount of pressure on their brain steam and spinal cord.  As you can imagine the Trigeminal nerve starts in the brainstem!  This is why the structure of your neck and spine is so important.  We are constantly looking at a problem such as migraines and thinking about what outside factors could be triggering migraines when we may just need to be looking at what is going on structurally on the inside.

This is why at Active Medical Center we look at the body as a whole to find out exactly what the cause of your problems are.  Whether it is migraines, neck pain, back pain, or even knee pain.  There is always a cause and it’s up to us to find it.

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