Migraines, Headaches and NUCCA Chiropractic


Migraine headaches can be debilitating and cause long term brain damage if left untreated. Fortunately, migraines and headaches are the #1 problem we help people with at Elite Upper Cervical. 

When the top bone in the neck misaligns, the atlas vertebrae, several bad things happen. The main thing is blood flow to the brain decreases. When blood flow decreases, will your brain be happy? No! 

So what will it do to respond? Your brain will increase blood pressure to get the blood into the brain. This is why you feel pressure buildup inside your head, which can cause severe pain and other symptoms. 

Not only will blood flow decrease, but there will be a backup of cerebrospinal fluid, or CSF fluid. When this backup occurs, this can compound the pressure buildup, making the migraine even worse. 

If blood flow and CSF flow are being choked off because of a misalignment, will the brain be able to function properly? No! 

The brain will try and wake you up by sending you pain signals, or symptoms, we label as “migraine”.

Unfortunately, most doctors want to hit the snooze button and throw out the bodies internal fire alarm by prescribing medication, which is not a long term solution. 

Why? Because it’s not possible to fix a structural problem, with a chemical solution. It’s important to get to the root of what’s causing the migraine, securing a structural solution! And that is where we specialize. 

As a NUCCA upper cervical chiropractic clinic, the first thing we do is take specific x-rays of the atlas vertebrae to see if it’s misaligned. 

We have advanced software that allows Dr. Burt to measure the atlas down to 1/100th of a degree, which is critical when it’s time to realign it. The upper cervical x-rays are the most important thing we can do for you as a NUCCA doctor. 

When doctors work on the upper neck without taking x-rays, they risk making someone worse.

After the exact position of the atlas has been measured, then Dr. Burt will be able to correct it. 

The realignment is so gentle that anyone would feel comfortable with the amount of pressure we use. Gentle, slow pressure is all you feel, right below the ear lobe, which is where the atlas is located. 

There is no twisting, popping or cracking of the neck with the NUCCA realignment. 

Afterward, we will have to retrain the neck muscles for a few months, realigning the atlas as needed.

If you are curious to see if your atlas is misaligned, causing your migraines, make sure to schedule your NUCCA assessment below, as soon as possible, to see if you’re a good fit for treatment.