82% Success with Chronic Migraine Pain

The Head & Neck Can Influence Multiple Types of Headaches

What are Migraines?

Migraines can cause severe throbbing pain or a pulsing sensation, usually just on one side of the head. It's often accompanied by nausea, vomiting, and extreme sensitivity to light and sound.

Additional Symptoms of Chronic Migraine Pain:

  • Moderate to severe pain, usually confined to one side of the head, but can occur on either side of the head.

  • a severe, throbbing, pulsing pain

  • Increased pain during physical activity or when straining

  • Inability to perform regular activities due to pain.

  • Feeling sick and physically vomiting.

  • Increased sensitivity to light and sound, often relieved by lying quietly in a darkened room.

  • Less commonly: sweating, temperature changes, stomach ache, and diarrhea

Other Types of Headaches

Tension headaches cause tightness or pressure around your forehead or on the back of your head and neck and most commonly affect adults. Tension headaches are the most common type of headache and can last anywhere from 30 minutes to a few days.

Cervicogenic headaches are caused by referred pain from the bones, muscles, and joints in the head (occiput) and neck. These headaches are usually accompanied by neck and shoulder pain, and can be felt on one side of the head and face, and can often refer to the forehead and over one eye.

Post-concussion headaches are caused by changes in the head and neck after a trauma. Such headaches are usually accompanied by additional post-concussion symptoms including dizziness, brain fog, light sensitivity or fatigue. These can often self-resolve, though can often last beyond one month following a concussion.

 

What Kind of Headaches do You Have?

My Headaches are ONLY on one side of my head
My Headaches START at the back of my head and neck
I can feel DIZZY, NAUSEOUS, and FATIGUED with my Headaches
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A Brain-Based Approach from a Headache Specialist

The Head & Neck

The basic background of the head and neck junction is essential to understand. The lower 2/3 of your neck is fairly stable, but the upper 1/3 of your neck is far more mobile and complex. This region has major influence on brain communication, functioning similarly to a relay station and therefore incredibly important.

Old Injuries

When you have any type of injury, even if it’s a minor fall or accident from years ago, it can cause damage to the ligaments, the “glue” that support your neck alignment. If this occurs, your head and neck can become slightly misaligned as shown in the picture above. This causes 3 main problems: 

  1. When the top two bones in the spine misalign, the fluid that flows between your brain and body doesn’t flow smoothly (both the blood, and cerebrospinal fluid). The twisted pathway is similar to a river frothing around a curve, and causes inflammation. This can lead to headache and brain fog, among many other symptoms.

  2. The muscles become imbalanced, affecting signals from the muscles back to the brain. The suboccipital muscles (right where your head meets your neck) supporting your neck become most imbalanced, causing chronic pain or tension at the base of your skull.

  3. The imbalance causes further neck stiffness and pain. Inflammation and irritation near the brain stem can interfere with the information signaling between your brain and body, so the body remains imbalanced until a specific correction is obtained.

Headache Exam

A specific exam from a NUCCA headache specialist can tell you whether this type of misalignment is contributing to headaches. Treatment of the misalignment will:

  • Improve blood flow between the brain and body

  • Improve brain-body balance and communication to decrease pain

  • Balance muscle tone

Testimonials

My oldest son and I have been seeing Dr. Licata for about 1 1/2 years now. I only wish we had found him sooner. My oldest has suffered from migranes since he was about 4 1/2 years old. Since we started seeing Dr. Licata, my oldest has has maybe one migrane and very few headaches at all. My oldest is 13 1/2 now.

I went in having multiple physical issues I had no idea were related; among them were lower back pain, right knee and ankle pain/swelling, almost daily headaches for three months in a row. Since starting treatment with Dr. Licata I have been virtually pain free.

I’ve told countless people that he is worth every penny. I thought at first the total for our treatments was a bit much. I would pay twice that to not feel the way I did 1 1/2 years ago. The office has payment options which helped when we needed to bring in my middle son who was having some neck and joint pain. Now my middle son is feeling so much better and doesn’t seem to act out as much. That I attribute to him not being super good ay verbalizing his pain. The next step is working on getting my husband and youngest son in for a consult.
— Tania T.