With migraines, the normal dilation and non-dilation of blood vessels loses homeostasis (balance) due to failure of BRAIN STEM mechanisms What does that mean? When the brain stem loses equilibrium, the brain releases chemicals which inflame the brain tissue and cause aberrant expansion and contraction of the blood vessels in the brain and the body. This is thought to be the cause of the headache. There are two root causes of migraines: (1) increased sympathetic nervous system tone which means that the freeze, fight, or flight mechanisms are dominant and the body’s active mechanisms are ramped up causing high blood pressure, sweating, vasodilation, increased temperature, etc. OR (2) decreased parasympathetic nervous system tone which would normally allow sleep, digestion, and relaxation.

The brain stem receives output from the neocortex (the part of the brain which allows us to reason). This advanced part of the brain signals the brain stem to have a proper balance of sympathetic and parasympathetic activity. When there is a disturbance to the neocortex or the brain stem, the result can be abnormal blood vessel dilation and non-dilation, which causes migraines. Until the brain stem activity is normalized, most drug or physiological therapy will temporarily reduce symptoms at best.

In Chiropractic Neurology, we evaluate brain/spine connections to determine if there is an over-active sympathetic system and if one hemisphere of the brain is diminished in function (hemisphericity). Only by creating a calmer sympathetic system can a long term solution to migraines be achieved.

At Brown Chiropractic Neurology, we can help. We are at 300 Union Blvd. Ste # 370, Lakewood, CO 80228 (PH: 303-986-7600). Scott Brown DC, DABCN, FACFN is one of less that 1,000 Board Certified Chiropractic Neurologist worldwide

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