Cluster headaches are described as the worst pain that a human can endure. They come on suddenly, with no warning whatsoever, and often leave in the same manner causing the sufferer to be extremely exhausted. Symptoms that accompany cluster headaches are:
- Excruciating pain on one side of the head, usually around the eye, but may radiate to the face, neck, head, or shoulders
- A red, teary eye on the affected side
Cluster headaches affect about 1 in every 1,000 people worldwide. Cluster periods are episodic, lasting a week to a year followed by a year of reprieve. The headaches themselves last from 15 minutes to 3 hours.
Testing has been conducted in Norway using botulinum toxin, also called Botox, to treat cluster headaches. Botox injections were given through the nasal cavity to people that participated in the trial. The hoped for result was to dull the nerve cells behind the eye that transmit pain signals. While some positive results were seen in the initial trials, it is important to realize that this type of treatment comes with harmful side-effects.
Can a Natural Treatment Really Work?
There is hope! An area of treatment that has reported positive results is that of upper cervical chiropractic care. We try to find the underlying cause of cluster headaches in our patients. Often, it is due to a misalignment in the upper neck vertebrae. The topmost bone, called the C1 or atlas bone, is prone to get misaligned due to its location and its flexibility. If this bone misaligns, it exerts undue pressure on the brainstem. The brainstem is responsible for relaying signals to and from the brain and body about the various systems of the body. A misalignment distorts these signals. Also, cerebral spinal fluid, blood flow, nerve flow, and oxygen are all hindered from reaching and leaving the brain in the proper amounts. This leads to, not only cluster headaches but other headache types and many other health problems. Once corrected, the body can begin to function properly, and natural healing ability can begin to work.
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Johnson Spinal Care and Associates are Apple Valley Upper Cervical Chiropractors trained by the National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association (NUCCA). Our NUCCA Clinic has helped many people find natural relief from post-concussion syndrome in Apple Valley, Minnesota. We 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. More information can be found on our website at http://www.johnsonspinalcare.com