What Connection Does Inflammation Have with Migraines?

Inflammation, Migraines, chiropractic atlas adjustment

Besides causing extreme discomfort, migraines can also impact your day-to-day activities. In the USA alone, the economy loses around $13 billion due to migraine-related work disruption. Migraineurs often have a hard time working on their tasks due to the severe throbbing in their head plus other symptoms, including vomiting, nausea, vertigo, and visual aura.

Thankfully, nowadays, more and more remedy options are available to ease the symptoms caused by a migraine attack. One of the most popular remedies today is getting chiropractic atlas adjustment. Essentially, it’s a relief option that aims to address migraines and inflammation.

Now, you must be wondering, what’s the connection between these two health problems? Are they related at all? Also, what role that upper cervical play in resolving the two issues? Let’s take a closer look at all these topics in the following sections. 


Understanding Inflammation

The human body has a lot of fascinating adaptations. One example is inflammation, an immune response that occurs when the body tries to protect itself from pathogens and other foreign substances. Your white blood cells, your body’s protection against diseases and infection, attacks foreign bodies once they enter your system. As the white blood cells combat the source of danger, your body triggers an inflammatory response. Normally, this process only occurs when a threat is present.

However, there are some instances when the body’s immune system is out of whack. Instead of attacking foreign cells, your white blood cells attack healthy cells inside the body. When this happens, you suffer from unnecessary inflammation. This often occurs in people with autoimmune conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis. 

Besides the soreness on the affected areas of the body, inflammation can trigger other symptoms, including: 

  • Skin redness
  • Joint pain, tenderness, and stiffness
  • Difficulty moving the affected joints

So how does migraine relate to all of these symptoms? Is there a connection between inflammation and migraines? If yes, what does this mean for patients seeking relief?


The Strong Link Between Migraines and Inflammation

Have you ever noticed how inflammation and pain often come hand in hand? When you have a sore part in your body, chances are it also feels tender to the touch. Also, once the inflammation goes away, the pain seems to subside with it. 

With this simple analogy, you can immediately see that migraines and inflammation might be linked to each other after all. Studies confirm that migraineurs who suffer from chronic attacks have abnormally dilated blood vessels inside their skull. 

Also, Dr. Hans Selye explains the role of stress in inducing the body’s inflammatory response in his theory on General Adaptation Syndrome (GAS). According to Dr. Selye, stress triggers various physiological responses like the secretion of hormones. Some sources of stress that you might be familiar with includes the following:

  • Viral or bacterial infection
  • Injury or trauma resulting from an accident
  • Death of a family member
  • Financial troubles
  • Sudden unemployment

Inflammation, Migraines, chiropractic atlas adjustment

Whatever is causing the stress, the body reacts the same way. It releases hormones in charge of activating the fight or flight mode. Consequently, this response tends to reduce the cortisol levels in your body. Cortisol is a type of steroid that prevents excessive inflammatory response. 

If you get exposed to stressor for a prolonged time, your cortisol reaches dangerously low levels, causing your body to release adrenaline. In effect, you experience an increased heart rate and metabolism of blood sugar.

Interestingly, this chain of events can also cause other unwanted side effects similar to aging such as: 

  • Skin and muscle atrophy
  • Diabetes
  • Bone loss
  • Wrinkles


A More In-depth Look Into Inflammation and Migraines 

Besides the General Adaptation Syndrome theory, studies also point to the trigeminal nerve as the common connection between migraines and inflammation. 

Essentially, the trigeminal nerve is a nerve bundle that supplies sensation to your entire face. Research shows that migraineurs have a faulty trigeminal nerve, which causes abnormal transmission of signals to the brain and triggers terrible headaches. These wrong or mixed-up signals trigger most of the migraine symptoms we know, such as seeing flashing lights and experiencing sensitivity to scents, lights, and sounds. 

Thankfully, you can fix this problem through chiropractic atlas adjustment. The process aims to correct faulty spinal alignment, which may be the reason behind your trigeminal nerve’s malfunction. By releasing the stress on your trigeminal nerve, you get to ease inflammation or irritation and restore its normal function. This allows you to eliminate or reduce the migraine symptoms you experience. 


Addressing Migraine with Chiropractic Atlas Adjustment 

It’s definitely challenging to cope with migraine attacks, especially when the episodes frequently occur. But, now that you have a deeper understanding of its possible causes and its connection to inflammation and stress, you can seek a better option for relief. Chiropractic atlas adjustment is an all-natural option that specifically targets your C1 and C2 bones. It’s a non-invasive procedure that many patients choose to manage their migraines.

If you had an accident before that resulted in neck trauma, it might be possible that you also have misaligned neck bones. By having your neck bones assessed, you can potentially save yourself from the horrors of dealing with chronic migraine attacks. It’s a very gentle procedure that encourages your neck bones to return to their natural or neutral position gradually. After each session, you’ll notice significant changes in your symptoms. This can enable you to enjoy activities that you couldn’t do before because of your migraine episodes.  

Want to find out more about this all-natural migraine relief option? Get in touch with an upper cervical chiropractor today for a chiropractic atlas adjustment. Find a doctor near you to book your consultation schedule.

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