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Innovative Migraine Relief Now Available

May 01, 2016 10:01AM

Those currently living with migraine headaches know the classic symptoms of pain, sensitivity to light or sound, nausea and vomiting. Some migraine sufferers also experience visual disturbances, numbness, tingling, clumsiness or have difficulty communicating. Typical medical treatments include both over-the-counter and prescription drugs. However, all of the common migraine drugs are potentially dangerous and can cause serious side effects.

Migraines can be triggered by a number of factors, including stress, excessive light or sound, fatigue, hunger, diet, hormonal changes, weather changes, caffeine, cigarette smoke, head trauma, neck movements and even the use of a low pillow. However, it is important to understand that these trigger factors do not cause migraine headaches. Dr. Seymour Diamond, executive director of the National Headache Foundation, has announced that new imaging techniques now allow scientists to identify what they believe to be a cause of migraines: a malfunctioning brain stem. When the brain stem, located near the top of the neck malfunctions, it increases the swelling of blood vessels surrounding the brain, setting up a chain reaction that results in a migraine headache.

A misalignment in the upper cervical spine (neck) can irritate and put pressure on the brain stem causing it to malfunction. This, in turn, will cause migraine headaches. Car accidents, sports injuries, work-related injuries, physical or emotional stress, falls or even birth trauma can cause upper cervical misalignments. Those that suffer from migraines need proper care that treats the cause of the problem and not just the symptoms.

Kyle Collins, DC, is the owner of Begin Within Family Wellness, located at 7120 E. Indian School Rd., in Scottsdale. For appointments, call 480-699-3086. For more information, visit

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