Migraines are a neurological condition that presents with head pain, nausea, visual disturbances, and a seemingly endless number of other symptoms, which can range from irritating to debilitating. If you're one of the over 39 million Americans who suffer from migraines, you know exactly how much impact they can have on your life.
Not sure whether you get migraines? Check out this list of common symptoms:
- Moderate to severe head pain
- Generally on one side of the head
- Generally throbbing or pulsing pain
- Pain is worse with movement or light
- Pain is accompanied or preceded by nausea or vomiting
- Pain lasts 4-72 hours
How Dr. Katie Gross Can Help With Migraines
Dr. Katie Gross can help you get your migraines under control. Many migraine sufferers are desperate for relief. They've tried everything and don't know what else to do. Chiropractic care from an expert who works with migraine sufferers can be a lifesaver. The right kind of chiropractic care can lessen both the severity and the frequency of migraines. It can also help reduce a lot of the side effects that come with migraine, including other neurological symptoms. Correct alignment of the spine, especially the cervical spine or neck, has a major impact on the nervous system and on neurological conditions like migraine. Dr. Katie Gross uses a safe, painless technique called the Atlas Orthogonal Technique to achieve this proper alignment.
Benefits of Using the Atlas Orthogonal Technique
There are many benefits to the Atlas Orthogonal Technique. Basically, by adjusting the first bone in the spine--a bone known as the atlas vertebra or C1--the rest of the spine is gently encouraged to move into proper alignment. Just like with a chain, when the first vertebra is misaligned, the entire spine is prone to improper alignment and movement. Since there are so many nerves in the spine, this very easily impacts the entire body. For the Atlas Orthogonal Technique, Dr. Katie Gross will get images of your atlas vertebra from as many angles as necessary. Then, using a specialized device, she will gently realign the atlas vertebra, thereby greatly improving the alignment of your entire spine.
Here are a few of the best benefits to this technique:
SAFE:This technique is much safer than the more common high-velocity neck adjustments, which aim to accomplish the same thing. High-velocity adjustments can result in severe complications, especially in those who are hyper-mobile. The Atlas Orthogonal Technique is gentle and effective.
QUICK RELIEF: Because this adjustment immediately relieves some pressure on the nerves in the cervical spine, some patients get a nearly immediate sense of relief. It does take continued visits to train the body to stay in the proper position, but the immediate benefits are important, too!
MINIMAL INTERFERENCE, MAXIMUM RESULTS: Atlas Orthogonal Technique barely touches the skin, but it can improve the alignment and health of your entire spine and nervous system./p>
Seeing a Chiropractor for Migraines
When seeing a chiropractor for migraines, you should make sure that your chiropractor is used to working with patients with migraine. Look for a chiropractor who is an expert on gentle techniques like the Atlas Orthogonal Technique; methods that put too much stress on the neck can backfire, especially in patients who are prone to migraines. If you're actively suffering from a migraine at the time of your visit, please be sure to let your chiropractor know, especially if you suffer increased sensitivity to touch during your attacks.