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Glass of water, overflowing from headache into migraine
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Q:  Control of my triggers is the most common advice that I have heard, other than medications for my headaches and migraines. How do my triggers tie in with your evaluation and treatment system?

A:  Picture a glass 4/5 full of water. Imagine that that’s your neck problem.  Then, add more water to the top, to overflowing. Imagine that those are your triggers that you just poured on the top.  We focus on emptying the water (fixing your neck problem) from the glass with our system.  Then, you can pour triggers into the glass, but they rarely, if ever overflow into headaches and migraines.


Joints in your neck can produce headaches from barometric pressure changes
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Q: Why do my Symptoms flare up when the weather changes?

A: Nearly all of the patients that we see with headache/migraine issues have sore, inflamed joints in their neck. One of the
telltale signs is that symptoms are better in the morning, progressively facets, no backgroundworsening around 2:00 in the afternoon. Common sense says that your 8-pound head steadily overloads inflamed joints and nerves in your neck. That overload gets so bad by the early afternoon- it gets your attention!

Each joint in your neck (fourteen of them, total) are liquid-filled, surrounded by a joint capsule that contains that liquid. Storms are associated with low barometric pressure. Research suggests that low barometric pressure causes expansion of fluid in joints throughout your body. It’s much like swollen feet after a plane flight. The low pressure in the cabin allows body fluids to pool in your feet, which are the furthest location from your heart and “downhill.” This makes it hard for your pumping heart to keep that fluid from building up. Consider that a storm front allows pressure to build up inside each of the fourteen liquid-filled joints in your neck, causing expansion. Since your joint capsules (which contain that fluid) are inflamed, that extra pressure creates pain. In turn, the pain cascades right up into the nerves that go into your head and face.


Menstrual migraines
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Q: What exactly is happening with hormones around my cycle that cause me to get menstrual migraines?

A: Estrogen is an “excitatory” hormone, which means that it makes brain cells give off more of an electrical discharge. Progesterone, on the other hand, is an “inhibitory” hormone, which means that it calms those cells down. When the body is making more estrogen than progesterone, it can make the nervous system, well, “excitable.” Think PMS, and you get the idea.

We have observed that this nervous system excitability causes increased muscle tightness throughout your neck. This muscle tightness jams the neck joints together, overloading them. Those joints, in turn, cascade symptoms up into your head and face. We target those joints with our system. It’s routine that monthly cycles rapidly become less of a trigger, usually taking anywhere from 3 to 4 months with severe cases before there’s no reaction at all to menstrual cycles.


Common reason migraines run in families
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Q: I’ve noticed that my child gets headaches and migraines, just like I do. What’s the connection?
 
A: They most likely inherited your neck anatomy. A simple way to help discern the source of your child’s symptoms is to mom-and-daugherlook for a mechanical pattern that points to their neck. This pattern is that they’ll report consistent worsening of headaches either in the morning (from sleeping in a wonky position- especially on their stomach)- or, in the afternoon around 2:00 PM, from the overload of their 8-pound head on their neck structures. Those neck structures in turn cascade pain signals up into their head and face.

Both of these patterns (worse in the morning, or progressively worse as the day goes on- especially in the early afternoon) imply a neck source to their headaches. Why? It’s unlikely that brain tumors, blood vessel or blood pressure problems (or other scary things!) have a pattern like that. If there’s no pattern, or if there’s any other concern, of course consult your doctor.

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Your head overloads sensitive neck structures that cascade pain up into nerves in your head and face.
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Q: Why do symptoms worsen as the day goes on, especially around 2:00 PM?

A: The weight of your 8-pound head pushes down on the nerves and joints in your neck and overloads them. They become progressively more irritated, then worsen to the point that they get your attention by early afternoon! This System uses extensive, time-tested strategies to resolve this problem in your neck. Note that other approaches, such as Chiropractic manipulation, Airrosti, massage, and acupuncture will not have a lasting impact on this core problem. We target the lower neck disc problem(s) that create this tightness- so, we go after the SOURCE of the nerve and joint problems.


Chiropractic vs. Massage Therapy vs. the real deal: disc correction wtih our approach. It’s all we do, and it’s highly refined and rapidly effective to fix multiple problems at once.
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Q: What’s the difference between what you do and Chiropractic manipulation?

A: Spinal manipulation (popping) of joints in your neck and upper back commonly provides temporary, though not lasting relief for chronic headaches and migraines. In contrast, we empower you with powerful self-treatment strategies so that real healing can occur, versus temporary relief. Chiropractors are amazing at rapid symptom relief. But if it’s a long-term solution that you’re looking for with an impossible, chronic pain problem like headaches and migraines, short-term relief isn’t where it’s at. Being dependent on a professional to manipulate your spinal joints when your symptoms flare up leaves you vulnerable day after day. We target the source of the problem in your neck that causes the joint inflammation.