I’ve seen a lot through my years as a Huxley chiropractor for migraines. Many of my patients suffered from this disorder due to various reasons, but the most common reason is accidents.
Migraines can develop after accidents involving whiplash and concussions. As a matter of fact, 1 out of 7 chronic migraine episodes is because of such incidents. They usually occur among those who play contact sports like rugby, hockey, football, and basketball.
If you’ve been involved in an accident resulting in a head or neck injury, this article is especially for you. My main goal is to provide you with ample information you can use to have a better understanding of this condition.
In turn, I’m hoping these details serve you or a loved one well. Towards the end, I will also suggest a form of natural relief that’s proven safe and effective.
Migraines and Concussions
Blows to the head cause concussions. They can leave you with a dazed, drunk-like feeling. In some cases, like prizefights, people who get knocked out develop more severe concussions.
Concussion cases are staggering. In the United States alone, 3.8 million of those cases are due to recreational activities like sports. The worst part of these statistics is that 50 percent of them go unreported.
Apart from the sporting events previously mentioned, people develop concussions from vehicular accidents and bad falls.
Recovering from a concussion requires a significant amount of cognitive and physical rest. Recover requires a considerable reduction in workload and may require extended rest time. That includes avoiding watching too much television, as it can be over-stimulating, especially for young people.
Severe headaches and migraines are the most common symptoms experienced after an injury. In fact, 86 percent of athletes report having headaches or migraines. They also experience tension and cluster headaches.
Other concussion indicators include nausea and vomiting, dizziness, and problems with balance. People also go through visual issues, extreme exhaustion, and sensitivity to light and noise.
Tingling and numbness and the feeling of being dazed and stunned accompany concussions. People also lose consciousness, feel mentally foggy, and experience concentration and memory problems. They also feel confused about recent events and have feelings of sadness and irritability.
When you encounter a concussed person, they will likely repeat or answer slowly when asked a question. They may tend to sleep more than usual or have problems falling asleep at night.
Whiplash and Migraines
Whiplash occurs during the sudden distortion of the neck due to a sudden change in momentum. For nonfatal car accidents, it is one of the most common injuries. It is an injury that can occur while the vehicle is running as slow as 5 mph, when the head suddenly jolts forward upon collision. This most commonly happens when a car is rear-ended.
Whiplash is also staggeringly high in the United States. Statistics show that around one million people per year experience these injuries during vehicular accidents in the US.
There are several indicators of a whiplash injury, such as the pins and needles sensation in the arms and legs. Pain and aching may also occur in the back and neck. And of course, migraines and headaches occur.
Whiplash symptoms may occur right after the accident, but concussions may appear sometime later. Specifically, it may take several days or weeks.
But a new disorder called Cranio-Cervical Syndrome can occur following an accident or sports collision. This shows the fragility of the human neck and how damage may lead to the restriction of blood and cerebrospinal fluid flow.
And while this syndrome has only started appearing in medical conventions, it is nothing new to upper cervical chiropractors. They are used to seeing and caring for patients dealing with atlas subluxation complex syndrome.
But thanks to advancements in research and technology, the medical community is beginning to be more aware of these conditions.
Migraines and Cranio-Cervical Syndrome
We briefly touched on Cranio-Cervical Syndrome, which has a connection to migraines and headaches. Among the symptoms of this disorder are pressure headaches, which happen upon the change in head position. Neck pain at the base of the skull also occurs.
People with this condition can experience a stabbing pain or numbness, ringing in the ears, and vertigo. They also experience problems with motor skills and numbness in the arms or legs.
Because of the vertigo symptoms that go with the Cranio-Cervical Syndrome, some people also lose balance and experience drop attacks.
Finding Natural Relief for Whiplash and Concussion Migraines
Whiplash and concussions are sometimes unavoidable. If these do occur, we have a solution: upper cervical chiropractic care.
As previously mentioned in the article, many of our fellow upper cervical chiropractors are already familiar with these disorders. We’ve seen and encountered most of them as patients come to us for help. As a result, we’ve found the root of the problem.
Based on our findings, concussions and whiplash injuries that cause migraines are a result of misalignments in the neck. These misalignments happen to the top two bones in the neck, known as the C1 and C2 vertebrae.
Even the slightest misalignments can lead to the development of other health conditions, including migraines. But with the methods I utilize here at Haan Family Chiropractic, we gently encourage these bones back into position.
I pride myself on being a capable Huxley chiropractor for migraines. And if you would like to see how upper cervical chiropractic care can bring you relief, feel free to contact my clinic or call me at (515) 597-4600. I offer free consultations for new patients.