Migraine treatments: Upper Cervical Care

Ian Bulow made an interesting comment on my previous post on curing migraines. He suggested I look into upper cervical care. Not something I had heard about so it’s an interesting topic. Exactly the kind of response I was hoping for.

He linked to an interview he has upload to youtube explaining what he means by upper cervical care so of course I checked it out. The video has certainly piqued my interest in the area so I will be following it up.

What I liked was the clear explanation of what upper cervical care is, the problems that it addresses and why it can help. I also like it because it fits exactly with things I have experienced. Ian explains that if the cervical spine somehow impinges the blood vessels flowing up to the brain then this can lead to headaches by limiting the nutrients available to the brain.

I have experienced headaches for the same reason but in a different place. Wearing certain trousers and sitting in a certain way I have found I impinge the femoral artery. This restricts blood flow and I get a headache. It seems strange but all I know is that if I change the way I sit to stop the impingement and let the blood flow then the headache goes within 10 – 20 seconds. There could be another explanation but it used to be a continual problem and this same situation was always the problem and fix.

So you can imagine I’m interested in the idea that blood flow to the brain could set up a likelihood of getting a migraine. Ian recommends therapy. That sounds useful. I would also recommend complementing this with a physical activity to improve the body’s ability to supply blood and also the brains ability to extra the nutrients it needs. This is actually what exercise teaches our body. How to survive when there is competition for resources or resources are limited.

I need to learn more but this is my first impresson. Thanks Ian for sharing.

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