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.
Everyone is familiar with the sensations of pain in their necks, upper back and shoulders to one degree of another.
For some, this can be a minor nuisance and for others it can be a debilitating event with major implications in their quality of life. For many people, neck pain can accompany headaches, dizziness and vision distortion.
Most people associate this pain as a local phenomenon involving muscles, fascia, blood flow and nerves. When the wisdom of East Asian medicine and acupuncture are applied to this cluster of symptoms, a deeper and broader perspective emerges.All the meridians (energy pathways) associated with the yang organs pass through the neck area.
These include the large intestine, small intestine, urinary bladder, gallbladder, stomach and the triple warmer (San Jiao).
When these energy pathways are taken into account, the existence of either acute or chronic neck pain take on a profound significance.
The tightness of the muscles of the neck limits and distorts the smooth and even flow of energy throughout these vital energy pathways.
Overtime, this energy impingement can lead to problems of the internal organs themselves. Therefore, it is essential to find ways to significantly reduce or even eliminate persistent neck pain in order to protect the health of the internal organs. It is also vital to not to become dependent on pharmaceutical drugs to relieve symptoms. Although the medications can provide symptomatic relief, they do not alter the muscle tightness and restriction of blood and energy flow through the neck area.
Everyday, it is important to have a period of deep neck and upper back relaxation.
The Doctor Riter’s Real-Ease is the perfect tool to help achieve this deep relaxation.
Dr. Richard Gold, MSTOM, L.Ac is a licensed acupuncturist and holds a Doctorate in Psychology. He graduated from Oberlin College in 1972 with a degree in World Religions and a minor in pre-medicine. He graduated from the New England School of Acupuncture in 1978 and since then has devoted his professional career to the study, practice, researching, teaching and publishing in the field of East Asian Medicine. http://www.mettamindfulnessmusic.com/about.html