Is your Migraine caused by a neck problem?

What is a Migraine?

Migraines are debilitating headaches that can last for days. For some there is are signs that a Migraine are coming on. Some signs could be visual disturbances, nausea and neck stiffness. While having a Migraine many experience a strong sensitivity to light and sound. Some signs and symptoms are severe and some are mild.

There are many ways to treat a Migraine but not all treatments really help get rid of the Migraine headaches. Not all really bad headaches are Migraine headaches. There are many other things that can cause the severe pain and sensitivities of a Migraine headache. Here are a couple of non-traditional treatments that may help relieve or eliminate your headaches.

There can be many causes to Migraine headaches. Here are a couple common neck problems that cause Migraine Headaches.

Decrease in curve in neck

The curve in your neck can have a lot to do with most type of headaches. As the curve in your neck decreases or in some cases reverses this puts a huge strain on all physiology in the neck.  This can cause a lot more than just Migraine headaches. For some people these neck problems can mimic what many people think are Migraine headaches.

Here are some problems that come with a decrease in the curve in the neck:

  • decrease in blood flow to the brain
  • tightness in neck muscles
  • joint irritation and referral pain
  • Arthritis and disc problems
  • Change in brain activation
  • Lymphatic congestion in neck

Stuck Skull

Believe it or not your skull actually moves. Now it only moves very little but it does move. The movement is to circulate the cerebro spinal fluid around the brain. Think of this as the nourishment to the brain and nerves. So, when the skull does not move appropriately this fluid stagnates and creates many signs and symptoms. This is not checked by many providers because it is a specialized area. Some Chiropractors know how to check this. Another resource for this is a technique called cranio sacral technique.

The most common way of restricting the skull movement is trauma. Common trauma to the head that can cause this:

  • Falling and hitting your head and not wearing the appropriate helmet
  • Birth trauma
  • Sitting down on a couch and hitting your head on the wall or shelf that is too close to the chair
  • TMJ problems

Myofascial trigger points

Myofascial trigger points are areas of tightness in muscles that won’t let go. These areas are usually tight because of postural problems. Many of these trigger points don’t have pain in the muscle but they refer pain to other parts of the body. Most often this referral area is in and around the head. I have seen many different types of headaches actually caused from trigger points in the neck.

This is the easiest to check for and usually has great results. The most common muscles for trigger points are the SCM, Scalenes, Traps, Suboccipital muscles and your cervical paraspinals. A good massage therapist should be able to help if any of these trigger points are causing any or part of your headaches.

Look for a new answer

I have worked with may headache clients and always found that there are many answers to headaches. If you are not happy with your current treatment method or don’t know where to turn, give us a call at DuChene Natural Health to see if our method can help you.