Neck Pain and Migraines

Migraines can occur in an instant and can have a wide range of symptoms. Symptoms of a migraine can include nausea as well as light and sound sensitivity.

Neck pain may be the most common migraine symptom despite that fact that it is frequently overlooked.

In order to better understand the relationship between migraines and neck pain we must look at the neck’s main role. Understanding the neck’s structure and functions will give us a better understanding of how neck issues can lead to migraines.

There are three primary functions of the cervical spine.

1) It protects the spinal cord and the brainstem.
The upper cervical bones act as protection against damage to the spinal cord and brainstem. The first two vertebrae (C1 and C2) play an important role as the brainstem and spinal cord are considered the communication highway of the body, any misalignment can cause issues.

2) Supports the movement of the head.
The human head weighs on average between 10-14 pounds. If the first few cervical vertebrae are out of alignment, the weight of the head is not properly distributed. This can lead to excess pressure, pain and tingling down the neck shoulders and back.

3) Blood flow to the brain.
The neck vertebrae hose the vertebral arteries which supply oxygen and blood to the brain. Proper alignment of the is key in order for the brain to get the right amount of blood and oxygen

Neck Pain & Migraines
As you can see, migraines are related to neck pain due to the upper neck misalignment. Keep your neck muscles strong, posture straight and make sure to use pillows and cushions that are the right height and softness while you sleep.

If neck pain and migraines persist, a gentle neck traction device may be needed to help correct alignment and release tension in the upper cervical spine.

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