A new way of diagnosing migraines may give new insight into better diagnosis and treatment. Researchers are looking at the relationship of a fat molecule found in the bloodstream known as Ceramide. This molecule is made from Sphingomyelin, specifically those involved in the membrane of cells, nerves endings, and brain tissue. Patients with a high level of Ceramide had lower occurrences of migraines, and patients with high levels of Sphingomyelin had more headaches. This is an important tool to be able to diagnose headaches, but the cause is still not understood.
Upper Cervical chiropractors have been investigating this phenomenon for many years and helping people get natural relief from their migraine headaches. The founder of Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), Dr. Scott Damadian, found that patients with previous neck injuries had abnormal oxygen flow to the brain. This affects the brain’s ability to metabolize nutrients and great rid of waste products.1
In Laguna Hills, California, Dr. Scott Hansen specializes in helping people suffering from migraines get natural relief. As an Upper Cervical Chiropractor, Dr. Hansen uses advanced methods and tests to determine the primary cause of migraine issues. When the Atlas Vertebra (C1) is not in its normal position, it affects the arteries and veins that supply proper oxygen and nutrition to the brain. By correcting the Atlas misalignment, many studies have shown great relief to migraine and headache conditions in as little as one adjustment.2
If you are suffering from migraines or headaches, it is important to have the Upper Cervical area of the spine examined for proper alignment and integrity.
- Damadian RV, Chu D. The possible role of cranio-cervical trauma and abnormal CSF hydrodynamics in the genesis of multiple Sclerosis. Physiol Chem Phys. 2011;41:1-17
- Elster EL. Upper cervical chiropractic care for a patient with chronic migraine headaches with an appendix summarizing an additional 100 headache cases. J Vert Sublux Res 2003;AUG(3):1-10