The Benefits of Upper Cervical for Headache Sufferers

Headache, Migraine, Upper Cervical

Overwhelming Healing from Headaches

The research is in! Upper cervical chiropractic benefits 92% of all people suffering from headaches. And the best part is it does that without any drugs or surgery. By focusing on aligning the top two vertebrae in the upper neck spine where the brain and the spinal cord come together.

Since this specific type of chiropractic is much gentler than general chiropractic manipulation, let’s explain a little more about it. This approach to correcting a person’s spinal misalignments focuses on the top two vertebra, also known as the Atlas and the Axis vertebra.

Relieving Pressure on the Brain

When those two vertebrae are out of alignment by only ¼ of a millimeter, it can irritate the brainstem, which is the main venue through which the brain communicates with the body. Cutting off that communication channel leads to negative changes with the flow of blood and cerebrospinal fluid, nerve problems, and more.

So, relieving that pressure on the brainstem using upper cervical chiropractic, which is more gentle and precise approach frequently normalizes the flow of blood and cerebrospinal fluid. This has resulted in improvements of 9 out of 10 patients who seek this type of spinal correction, and it comes without the side effects of pharmaceuticals.

Since the 1950’s, even the medical industry has considered the neck a possible source of headaches.

The Journal of American Medical Association said.

“Headaches are not headaches at all but really a pain in the neck.”

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A Mind-Numbing Solution

All too often, people rely on prescription and over-the-counter medication in order to find relief from headaches. The problem with that is that all those drugs do is cover the symptoms by numbing the pain. They also come with side effects, of which the following are among some of the more severe ones:

  • Abnormal Sensations (tingling, burning)
  • Dizziness (Vertigo)
  • Weakness
  • Neck, Jaw, and Throat Pain
  • Nausea
  • Abdominal Pain

Pharmaceuticals vs. Upper Cervical

The pharmaceutical companies aren’t concerned with your improved health. They only want to make sure they remain profitable, so they can stay in business. They do this by marketing their highest profiting drugs on television commercials. Then, they tell you to ask your doctor about whatever drug they’re marketing.

Of course, upper cervical chiropractic is less known than those drugs you see advertised on during prime time. This type of chiropractic has helped thousands of patients by reducing and eliminating the frequency and intensity of their headaches.

While the pharmaceutical companies continue to sell the American public lies by advertising to them on television, upper cervical chiropractor focuses on the underlying cause of your headaches. They will do this by examining patients’ upper neck vertebrae for any misalignments that may be the underlying cause of their headaches.



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Dr. Craig Lapenski and Dr. Martha Schenk of Advanced Spinal Care, in Graham, Washington are your Graham NUCCA Specialists trained by the National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association (NUCCA). Their upper cervical clinic also serves Puyallup, Tacoma, Olympia, and Sumner. They are uniquely trained to correct problems in the upper cervical spine (upper neck). This vital area is intimately connected to the central nervous system and problems in this area have been shown to be an underlying cause of a variety of different health problems, including migraines and other headaches, fibromyalgia, vertigo, neck and back pain, and more. More information can be found on our website at