The Chain Reaction of a Neck Injury

Neck Injuries and Migraines

The truth is it doesn’t take much of a neck injury to cause a chain reaction throughout the body that can result in migraines. And those debilitating migraine headaches aren’t just any normal headache. They can cause such a severe pain that it renders the suffer incapable of performing normal, everyday activities. The worst part is that often times the source of a person’s migraine headaches is unknown, which means treatments don’t do that much to relieve the pain.

That’s because the purpose of medication is to cover symptoms, and the same medication that’s used for  migraine headaches is used in other illnesses, such as seizures. The problem with that is that a migraine and a seizure are different, and while they have similarities they need to be cared for differently.

Upper Cervical vs. Pharmaceutical

Luckily, an upper cervical chiropractor knows just how to care for a migraine sufferer, so the sufferer doesn’t have to continue to suffer or resort to costly medication that will only worsen the problem in the long run.

They do this by aligning the top two vertebrae in the upper neck, which are located right at the brainstem. It only takes a misalignment of ¼ of an inch to those top two vertebrae in the neck to place enough pressure on the brainstem to hinder the brain’s ability to communicate with the body.

Where the Medical Industry Falls Short

So, while medical experts continue to try to find the cause of migraines, upper cervical chiropractors know that often times a migraine is the result of an upper neck injury. It doesn’t take any more than tripping over a cord that causes your body to jolt forward or even straining your neck by holding it between your ear and your shoulder to cause that neck injury.

If you suffer from migraine headaches, maybe you can trace it back to a specific neck injury due to a sports related injury or car accident. But that’s not always the case. Sometimes, it could be due to a minor accident, such as tripping and falling, or perhaps it was due to smaller accidents over time. Either way, it’s important to make an appointment with upper cervical chiropractor, so you don’t have to continue to suffer from the results of that neck injury.

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Dr. Jeff Leach of Living Well Chiropractic, in Plymouth, Minnesota is a Plymouth Chiropractor and Upper Cervical Specialist trained by the National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association (NUCCA). His upper cervical clinic also serves Minnetonka, Maple Grove, Wayzata, and St. Louis Park. He is uniquely trained to correct problems in the upper cervical spine (upper neck). This vital area is intimately connected to the central nervous system and problems in this area have been shown to be an underlying cause of a variety of different health problems, including migraines and other headaches, sciatica, neck and back pain, and torticollis. More information can be found on our website at