Distinguishing A Headache From a Migraine

Migraines, Headaches, Migraine, Headache, Children, Natural ReliefHeadaches can range from annoying to terrible, but how do you know when that headache is actually a migraine?

  • Migraines are pulsating and are usually confined to one side of the head/face.
  • Some migraines are preceded by an aura, visual disturbances that appear as spots, flickering lights, or lines.  Auras typically last less between 5 and 60 minutes and subside for about an hour before the headache pain sets in.
  • Some migraine sufferers experience sinus problems along with an episode, including a stuffy or runny nose and tearing of the eyes.
  • The pain of migraines can present right behind the eye, which may lead some people to visit their eye doctor.
  • Migraines can be accompanied by neck pain, either as a warning sign that an attack is on the way or after the episode subsides.

No matter what type of a headache you’re experiencing, if it’s more than the rare event, chances are it’s negatively impacted your life in one realm or another.  People with chronic headaches take more time off of work, aren’t able to enjoy quality time with their families, and don’t socialize as often.  While medications may help bring you through an attack, they provide temporary relief at best.  Many people are looking for an alternative to the usual treatment routes and have found their way to HP Spine Center.

The upper cervical approach we take is unique because we are able to locate and correct the root cause of many people’s headache conditions.  When the topmost vertebra in the neck, the atlas, misaligns, it prevents normal blood and spinal fluid flow.  It also obstructs normal nervous system function.  Orthospinology is an extremely gentle and precise way of correcting atlas misalignments and restoring function to the systems of the body.  In this manner, people are able to achieve lasting relief from chronic headache conditions.

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Types of Vertigo

Vertigo, Meniere's Disease, Hydrops, Vertigo, Tinnitus, Ringing Ears, Dizzy, DizzinessImagine that you are feeling as though you are spinning or falling, but you are sitting still. Every time you move, you feel disoriented. This is the daily life of someone who is living with vertigo. There are two classification types of vertigo, central and peripheral.


  • Most common type of vertigo
  • Vertigo cause originates outside of the central nervous system (outside of brain and spinal cord)
  • Possible nausea or vomiting
  • Hearing loss and/or ringing in the ear may occur
  • Vertigo episode comes on suddenly


  • Vertigo cause originates inside of the central nervous system (in brain and/or spinal cord)
  • Gradual onset of vertigo episode
  • Attacks are of lesser intensity than peripheral vertigo

Treatment traditionally involves vestibular rehabilitation and/or prescription medication to lessen symptoms. While these may be effective in reducing the frequency or severity of attacks, it does not address a potential root cause of vertigo.
How is my neck related to my vertigo?
Your spine is responsible for protecting your spinal cord. Your spinal cord is essential for transmitting signals to and from your brain. When the top bone in your neck (atlas) is misaligned, this can create pressure within your spinal cord at the base of your neck. This can affect signals going to and from your brain stem, potentially leading to vertigo symptoms.

We at HP Spine Center are trained in Orthospinology, a gentle chiropractic procedure that detects and corrects atlas misalignments. Orthospinology is a very precise technique. Through specific realignment of the atlas, pressure within the spinal cord is reduced. The brain stem is able to send and receive messages without distortion. This may lead to a reduction in vertigo symptoms.

Mayheu et al. described a case of a 23-year-old female patient who presented with vertigo symptoms 5 months following a concussion. After receiving a specific atlas adjustment, she noticed her vertigo disappeared. After two months of care, she stated that she had complete resolution of her vertigo since her first atlas correction.

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