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Many patients visit our migraine chiropractic center in Norton Shores, Michigan, for help with their headaches. They have several symptoms indicating that they are dealing with migraines, but they aren’t quite sure if it’s migraines or headaches. If you often complain of severe head pain but aren’t sure if you’re dealing with a common headache or a migraine, we’re here to help. 

A headache differs from a migraine in multiple ways. To be able to distinguish one from the other, a good place to start is by learning about migraine symptoms. We’ve listed below eight of the most common symptoms of migraines. At the end of the article is a natural type of care that can help manage or even eliminate migraine symptoms altogether.

1. Throbbing or Pulsing Headache

A headache is the hallmark symptom of migraines, and about 85% of migraine episodes involve throbbing or pulsing head pain. This is a defining difference between a common headache and a migraine.  However, not all migraines include a headache. It may be the most common symptom, but it doesn’t mean it is always present in migraines. Migraines are a neurological condition. 

2. One-Sided Pain

About 3 in 5 migraine patients experience pain on one side of the head. However, it is a common misconception that a migraine only brings one-sided head pain. About 2 in 5 migraineurs experience pain on both sides of the head. A headache felt on both sides of the head could still be a migraine as long as it occurs with other symptoms of the neurological disorder. 

3. Sensitivity to Light

Sensory sensitivities are also common in migraine patients, especially light sensitivity. Sound and smell sensitivities are also prevalent among people with migraines. Bright lights, strong smells, and loud sounds can trigger an episode. These sensitivities combined with other symptoms of migraines can make life miserable. For this reason, many migraineurs choose to stay in a dark, quiet room whenever a migraine episode sets in.

4. Vision Changes 

Double vision, blurred vision, and even temporary loss of vision can occur during migraines. Almost half of migraineurs experience these vision changes, and they may come even without a headache. If you have an ocular migraine, you may only experience vision changes in one eye. Vision loss lasts for about 30 to 60 minutes. Doctors often recommend patients undergo an eye exam to rule out any possible physical problem with the eye. 

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5. Neck Pain 

Some people find neck pain to be a surprising symptom. Even doctors do not commonly ask about neck pain when patients complain of a migraine. For this reason, neck pain is an often overlooked sign of a migraine, even if it preludes or occurs during a migraine attack. Neck pain and migraines have some connection, and we will explain more about that in the last part of this post. Neck pain relief may also bring on migraine relief. 

6. Nausea 

This is another common symptom of migraines. Nausea is common in vestibular migraines. It can be due to the pain itself or the combination of migraines and vertigo. 

7. Vomiting 

About 20-30% of patients vomit during a migraine episode. Vomiting during a migraine does not always happen, but it’s always a good idea to keep a container nearby during a migraine attack in case you feel like throwing up.

8. Aura 

Between 20-30% of migraineurs experience sensory disturbances called an aura. Those who experience migraines with aura are at higher risk for related conditions such as general anxiety disorders and clinical depression. An aura is often a series of visual symptoms that last for 20 to 30 minutes  and occur before a migraine. Patients may see flashes of light, spots, or wavy lines. 

Natural Care for Migraines in Norton Shores

We know for sure that people with chronic migraines want to find a permanent solution to their condition. Many migraineurs opt for a natural remedy that does not involve medications and the unpleasant side effects that may come with them. Fortunately, many migraine patients have found relief through upper cervical chiropractic care.  

Daily exercise, avoidance of triggers, and sleeping enough at night help alleviate migraine episodes. But sometimes these lifestyle adjustments are not enough. When these steps don’t seem to help much, note that there are other options available to care for migraines in Norton Shores. 

One of them is upper cervical chiropractic care. It is a unique type of chiropractic care that focuses in the two top bones of the spine (C1 and C2 vertebrae). Upper cervical chiropractors use diagnostic imaging and various exams to determine if a misalignment exists and to get precise measurements of the angle of misalignment in the upper cervical spine. If a misalignment exists, they employ a gentle adjustment that is customized to the needs of each patient. These adjustments are long-lasting and allow the body more time to heal from the damage caused by the misalignment.

Relieve Your Migraines Through Upper Cervical Chiropractic 

A misalignment of either the C1 or C2 vertebra can result in a disruption in brainstem function and the flow of blood and cerebreal spinal fluid to and from the brain. These factors can contribute to the development of migraines. Upper cervical chiropractic does more than manage migraine symptoms. It resolves the underlying cause of migraines in some people, epescially those who have experienced head or neck trauma in the past. 
If you are experiencing any of the migraine symptoms we’ve mentioned above, especially if you have a history of neck or head trauma, we strongly urge you to try upper cervical chiropractic care as a possible solution. Schedule a consultation here at Zehr Chiropractic, a migraine chiropractic center in Norton Shores, Michigan.

To schedule a complimentary Atlas Orthogonal consultation, call 231-780-9900 or just click the button below.

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Migraines are becoming more and more common. It is reported that about 39 million people in the United States suffer from the neurological illness. It affects everyone – men, women and even children. Although a common condition, very few funds are set aside for studies to explore the disorder and help people restore health. In 2013, the reported budget allotted for migraine research was only 50 cents per migraine patient!

Children are not exempt from migraines. The truth is that they suffer from migraines as much as adults. However, migraines often go undiagnosed in children.

The Realities of Migraines in Children

Migraines materialize a little differently in adults, but they are just as debilitating for children. Before you take the first steps to finding relief for your child, here are some facts you must know about migraines and their impact on the lives of kids.

To learn more about the connection between head and neck injuries and migraines download our complimentary e-book Natural and Drug-Free Ways to End Your Migraines by clicking the image below.
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Symptoms of Migraines

While the headache is the well-known symptom for adults, children living with migraines get more non-headache and neurological symptoms such as the following:

Migraine symptoms vary depending on the age of the child. Here’s how migraines present for every age range.

Overall, children have fewer and shorter migraines than adults, but their experience can be just as challenging and can have a huge impact on a child’s quality of life. Migraines can cause kids to acquire anticipatory anxiety, the constant worry about when the next migraine will strike and interrupt their life. Children suffering from migraines often miss school and are unable to join in social activities.

Some children and teens experience chronic migraines. This means they have more than 15 migraine episodes per month, with each one lasting for at least 4 hours. To be diagnosed, this should occur for 3 months consecutively or more. There are teens who report daily head pain, cognitive issues, dizziness, sleep troubles, depression, anxiety, and fatigue. These symptoms are difficult to cope with and can be an obstruction on one’s life and day-to-day activities.

What Parents Can Do for Their Children with Migraines

When your child is living with migraines, make sure they are having enough rest, avoiding migraine triggers, and not exposing themselves to stressful situations. Zehr Chiropractic in Norton Shores, Michigan shares these tips to educate families about migraines in children:

Some more tips to help take care of your child’s migraines when they occur:

A Natural Cure for Child Migraines

Instead of relying on medications that only temporarily treat migraines, parents should address the underlying problem of their child’s migraines. It has been revealed that migraines can be linked to a misalignment in the upper cervical spine, specifically the C1 and C2 vertebrae. A misalignment is very likely in this area of the body as the mobility of the upper cervical spine makes the moving of the head in many directions possible. Due to its mobility, it’s also susceptible to misaligning.

The C1 and C2 vertebrae also protect the brainstem. If these bones misalign, the brainstem can be under pressure, leading to a malfunction in the nervous system, particularly the blood flow and sending of signals to and from the brain.

Here at Zehr Chiropractic, we do upper cervical chiropractic care that uses a natural and gentle method to help your kid’s bones to move back into place. We know that a child’s bones are more vulnerable and sensitive than adults. We do not pop or crack the spine. Instead we perform painless adjustments of the bones. Our patients, both adults and kids, report restoration of blood flow and nervous system function after one or two adjustments, leading to fewer migraines. Some see their migraines vanish completely and not return. Schedule a no-obligation consultation with us to learn more about how your children can regain their health and enjoy life to the fullest.

To schedule a complimentary Atlas Orthogonal consultation, call 231-780-9900 or just click the button below.

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If you are outside of the local area, you can find an Upper Cervical Doctor near you at www.uppercervicalawareness.com.


what-relief-is-there-for-neck-headachesThe medical term for a neck headaches is a cervicogenic headache, a type of secondary headache caused by issues in the neck instead of the head. Twenty-four percent of all headache cases brought to doctors’ attention are secondary type headaches, according to researchers. Thankfully these headaches can be resolved by correcting the problem that is causing them.

What Causes Them?

Neck headaches can originate from various parts of neurovascular or musculoskeletal structures in your upper neck – within the upper three vertebrae (the C1, C2, and C3), neck muscles, and spinal cord coverings. When there is a problem in this area, it sends pain signals through the trigeminocervical nucleus in the brainstem. These messages are received by your brain via your brainstem and from there they are interpreted as a headache.

When neck joints are too stiff, move too frequently, or are stuck in an abnormal position, it can lead to a neck headache, or even in some cases, facial pain.

The Role of the Neck Muscles

Pain can sometimes begin in the neck when your neck muscles or shoulder blades are overworked, spasming, or knotted. The reason these muscles may become overworked is from protecting injured neck joints. In other cases, certain muscles in the neck can become weak from lack of use, putting a higher demand on the other muscles and causing fatigue-related symptoms. In order for the neck muscles to function optimally, they should have normal resting tension.

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Occipital and Cervical Nerves

Bony growths from arthritis, disc bulges, or swelling can lead to pinched or irritated neck nerves. The pain messages get sent along the nerve pathways and can cause headaches. One way to think about it is as if your neck is the switch and your nerves are the electrical wires. When the wires light up is when the headache happens.

What Symptoms Are Associated with Neck Headaches?

These kinds of headaches can get confused with migraines since the symptoms are very similar. However, neck headaches symptoms are not nearly as severe as a migraine’s. Here is a list of secondary neck headaches symptoms:

Correcting Your Posture

One simple way to help with neck headaches is to be intentional about improving your posture. Here are a few tips to get you started. First, examine your current posture by asking someone to take a picture of you from three different angles: front, back, and side. Look for the obvious signs of proper posture; your head and neck should be positioned over your body. Basically, you don’t want your forehead to be ahead of your chest, or your rear end to be sticking out behind you. See if you notice whether your hands hang evenly and if your hips are at the same level. You can use a free app like Posturezone to help you determine if your posture is correct. Always check in with your doctor or chiropractor before starting an exercise program.

Getting the Help You Need for Your Neck Headaches

If you choose the help of an upper cervical chiropractor, you may find exactly what you are looking for to relieve your neck headaches. We are a unique niche of chiropractors who focus on the top bones of the spine. Misalignments in this area can lead to issues such as neck headaches and other headache types.

The gentle method we use never requires popping or twisting the spine to get results. Instead, we encourage the bones to return to their proper position, and by doing so we provide a longer-lasting adjustment. Most of our patients and those in case studies come back with reports of significant improvements in their neck headaches issues after only one or two adjustments.

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debunking-9-migraine-mythsMigraines are one of the most common issues that affect people in the US with nearly 39 million sufferers. That accounts for about 18% of women, 6% of men, and 10% of children. So why are there still so many myths circulating about migraines?

Common doesn’t always mean well-understood in the medical field. With that in mind, we’re going to debunk 9 of the biggest migraine myths and provide you with hope that natural relief might just be within your reach.

Myth 1 – Migraines and Headaches Are the Same Thing

If you get migraines, then you’ve heard this one over and over, and it probably just about drives you mad. Here’s is the difference between a headache and a migraine. A headache is one symptom of a migraine (and is only actually present in about 85% of migraines). A migraine is a neurological condition with multiple symptoms. That’s right, migraines are in the same category of disease as multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s disease.

Myth 2 – Migraines Are All Just About Caffeine Consumption

Caffeine is a drug, and if your body becomes dependent, quitting cold turkey can cause headaches, but that doesn’t mean switching to decaf or getting off coffee altogether is the answer to migraines. Occasionally, a cup of coffee can help with a migraine. Why? Because it increases blood flow and migraines are often due to reduced blood flow to certain parts of the brain (more on that later).

Myth 3 – Migraines Are Genetic

About 90% of people who get migraines are related to someone who also gets them. Doesn’t that mean migraines are inherited? Nope. It just means that the genetic predisposition to migraines is passed on from parent to child. That explains why a child of a migraineur has a 50% chance of getting migraines, and if both parents get migraines those odds increase to 75%.

Myth 4 – You Can Just Take Supplements

Many who focus on natural health methods believe supplements are the answer to everything. Sometimes supplements are a great solution. However, you need to be sure that you are consulting with a physician to make sure the supplement you choose won’t interact with medications. You should also be on guard against allergens, the potential for overdose, and side effects. If your body has a deficiency that is causing the migraines, a blood test should show the problem. Then you will know which supplements to take.

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Myth 5 – Migraines Are All About Diet

If you have food sensitivities, there may be certain things you have to avoid in order to keep from triggering migraines. But foods are rarely migraine triggers. It is far more common for triggers to include environmental factors, weather, and lifestyle choice. Eating healthy is certainly good for you. Just don’t expect it to cure your migraines.

Myth 6 – Medication Is the Best Migraine Treatment

We’re not knocking medication. There are times you just don’t want to be in pain and need to take something for it. But there is a danger in calling pain medication a migraine treatment. Pain medication doesn’t actually fix the underlying issue. In fact, many medications used for migraine pain can actually cause headaches and perpetuate a cycle of medication overuse. So don’t throw away all of your migraine medication, especially if you have found something that works for you. Just be sure that you are using the medication as directed and are aware of the potential side effects.

Myth 7 – Trauma Doesn’t Cause Migraines

Some of the top causes of migraines are car accidents, sports injuries, assault, and slip and fall accidents. But that doesn’t mean you have to start experiencing migraines from the day of the accident or injury for it to be related. If the initial trauma causes an upper cervical misalignment, it could be weeks, months, or even years before symptoms arise. So don’t write off that old injury as being unrelated to your migraines.

Myth 8 – Your Neck Pain Is Not a Migraine Symptom

Neck pain is one of the most common migraine symptoms. In fact, about 75% of patients have neck pain either prior to or during the headache phase of a migraine. That means that neck pain is almost as common of a migraine symptom as a throbbing headache. So don’t write off the neck pain as being unrelated. In fact, it may be your most important symptom.

Myth 9 – You Can’t Get Natural Relief from Migraines

If you are suffering from migraines, especially if you get neck pain on occasion or you have a history of physical trauma, there may be a very simple and natural solution – upper cervical chiropractic care. If the neck pain is due to an upper cervical misalignment or if a head or neck trauma caused such a misalignment, this can be creating the circumstances under which migraines occur. These circumstances include:

As a result, it just makes sense to have the top two bones in your neck examined by an upper cervical chiropractor. We specialize in the alignment of the C1 and C2. So if you are experiencing migraines, come and see us at Zehr Chiropractic or call us at (231) 780-9900 for more information. Many patients have seen a dramatic reduction in the frequency and severity of migraines after having an upper cervical misalignment corrected. A consultation may even be your first step on the path to becoming migraine-free!

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migraines-finding-effective-and-safe-care-for-childrenVery few people realize that children suffer from migraines as well as adults. Here are some enlightening facts:

Parents often agree that when it comes to caring for migraines, the medication used is not something they are thrilled about giving to their child. The side effects can be dangerous. The FDA actually has not approved the majority of migraine medication for children anyway. This causes parents and caregivers to wonder if there is a safe, more natural way to care for migraines. Thankfully, the answer is yes! However, before discussing that, let’s take a look at a few things you can do with your child to help them avoid migraines.

How Parents Can Help

There are some things parents can do to help their children avoid migraines. The following practices are recommended by migraine experts:

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It is important to consult your primary care doctor if you notice your child’s migraines getting worse, changing from their normal routine, or you notice new and different symptoms.

Finding the Root Cause of Migraines

Medication for migraines usually address the symptoms but not the cause. However, for permanent relief the underlying cause has to be addressed. Medication falls into one of two categories:

As mentioned, neither of these address the root cause.

It has been seen repeatedly that migraines are often caused by a misalignment of the bones of the upper cervical spine in the neck. The C1 and C2 vertebrae often become misaligned due to a minor blow to the head or over extending the neck muscles. This leads to an obstruction of blood flow to and from the brain, along with the brainstem being put under stress or pressure. These bones lie at the very spot where the brainstem is located.

You may wonder how your child may have endured this type of injury, especially if they are very young. Because of the shape and mobility of these bones, they are more susceptible to misaligning than other bones of the spine. Repeated falls when your child is learning to walk, the birth process and the strain put on the neck as the baby exits the birth canal, sporting or playground injuries, being in a car that was rear-ended, or a number of other things can cause the bones of the neck to misalign. It only takes a quarter millimeter of a misalignment to cause problems throughout the entire body. By correcting this, many people have seen their migraines improve.

Finding Relief for Migraines in Children

Children, as well as adults, have been seen to benefit from having the bones of the upper neck properly aligned. Here at Louisville Spinal Care in Louisville, Kentucky, we use a method that is both gentle and effective. It does not involve popping or cracking the spine or neck. Therefore, no additional stress is put on your child’s body. The technique used encourages the bones of the neck to move back into place more naturally. This allows the body to begin healing from the damage done, and it restores the flow of proper fluids to and from the brain. This is often all that is needed to see an improvement in or an elimination of migraines. But is this proven to be effective?

A study was done observing 101 migraine patients. It was observed that each of these recalled some type of trauma to their head or neck before the onset of migraines. They were all examined, and it was discovered each one had a misalignment in their C1 or C2 vertebrae. Adjustments by an upper cervical chiropractor were given according to the individual’s needs. The outcome was amazing! As many as 85 reported that their migraines went away completely, some in only a few visits. All patients under the age of 18 had their headaches resolved within only two months of care. The remaining ones reported seeing a great reduction in the severity and frequency of their migraines.

To schedule a complimentary Atlas Orthogonal consultation, call 231-780-9900 or just click the button below.

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Migraine, Migraines, Headache, Headaches, Head Pain, Migraine Headaches, Migraine Relief, Headache Relief, Tension Headache, Tension Headaches, Migraine Headaches, Migraine Headaches ReliefMigraines are a neurological condition that often leaves their sufferers with little hope of finding help. Around the world, a billion people suffer from this condition, causing them to miss out on social, family, and work activities. This can lead to depression and anxiety. How do these people cope with the pain of migraines?

It seems like the fastest and easiest route to care for a migraine is to grab the nearest bottle of over-the-counter pills, such as ibuprofen, aspirin, or Tylenol. Others may opt for special migraine medications that are sold over-the-counter and consist of aspirin, Tylenol, and caffeine. It is important to be aware, however, that each of these medications comes with serious side effects, and long term use can lead to further problems. Some issues due to long term use are ulcers, rebound headaches, or gastrointestinal bleeding.

Prescription medications include drugs in the triptan class. This includes Imitrex, taken in the form of injection, tablet, or nasal spray. It works by constricting the blood vessels and, in turn, blocking pathways in the brain. Some side effects include nausea, dizziness, and muscle weakness.

Many patients are beginning to seek out natural ways to care for their migraines and other health conditions. One area seeing great success in caring for migraines is upper cervical chiropractic care.

To learn more about the connection between head and neck injuries and migraines download our complimentary e-book Natural and Drug-Free Ways to End Your Migraines by clicking the image below.
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How Migraines are Helped by Upper Cervical Care

Migraines have been connected to a misalignment in the bones of the upper cervical spine, specifically the C1 and C2 vertebrae. If a problem exists here, the brainstem takes on a lot of the stress. This leads to a number of things, mainly a miscommunication between the brain and body. Blood and cerebrospinal fluid flow can also be interrupted by misaligned vertebrae.

Here, at Zehr Chiropractic in Norton Shores, Michigan, we use a gentle method to help the bones to realign naturally. This is often all that is needed to restore communication, regulate blood flow, and bring relief from migraines – often in only one or two visits.

To schedule a complimentary Atlas Orthogonal consultation, call 231-780-9900 or just click the button below.

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If you are outside of the local area, you can find an Upper Cervical Doctor near you at www.uppercervicalawareness.com.

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