Link Between Migraine Headaches and Back Pain

Posted in Lumbosacral and Pelvic on Sep 7, 2021

Anyone who has to cope with the pain of migraine headachesrealizes the importance of finding out what the cause may be.Interestingly, migraines are not actually categorized as headaches.They are actually a neurological disorder, with headaches beingonly one of the symptoms. Some things that may trigger a migraineare certain types of food, allergic reactions, or inherited genes.One area that is often overlooked, however, is that of back pain.Yes, back pain can cause migraines. This may be due to one of thefollowing:

  • Disorders of the vascular system: Thebrain may not be getting the proper amount of blood flow. This maylead to meningitis, intracerebral hemorrhaging, brain abscesses,encephalitis, and other similar complications.
  • Central nervous system disorder: Since the brain andspinal cord are part of the central nervous system, such things asan injury to this area, degenerative spinal problems, an infection,stress on the nerves of the spinal cord, tumors, structuraldefects, stroke, or autoimmune disorders can be the cause of backpain and migraines.
  • Abnormal chemical properties: There areneurotransmitters called dopamine and serotonin that send certainmessages to the brain. If these are not at the proper level, theycause unusual activity of the blood vessels in the brain. Somereasons for this are certain foods, birth control medication, orskipping meals.


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Upper Cervical Chiropractic Care May Be Able to Help

Upper cervical chiropractors have found much success in helpingpatients gain back control of their lives by relieving back painand migraines. We examine the upper two vertebrae of the neck tosee if a misalignment has occurred. A misalignment of only ¼ of amillimeter is all it takes to cause pain. 

This misalignment places undue pressure on the brainstem anddamages the body's communication system. Once this misalignment iscorrected, the body and the brain can once again begin to send andreceive proper messages. This allows healing to take place in thecentral nervous system, and the end results just maybe a decreasein the duration and severity of migraines. In some cases, migrainesand back pain have gone away entirely..

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