Headaches and Upper Cervical Chiropractic Care

Can you see a headache on an x-ray? Well, no. Buy what you can see is an imbalance between the head and neck that might be showing up as headache-like symptoms.

Before correction on left. After first correction on right.

A woman came for NUCCA care after hearing that Upper Cervical Chiropractic is effective as a headache treatment. While I told her that people with headaches often respond wonderfully to NUCCA care, Upper Cervical Care is not a treatment for headache.

It’s a treatment for a head to neck imbalance that may be limiting the body’s ability to heal its own headaches. I can correct her imbalance. But I’m not going to cure her headaches.

Only the body cures.

After suffering with headaches for years, often on strong, multiple doses of over the counter pain killers, she was ready to see what her body could do under NUCCA care. And so was I.

So, can you see a headache on an x-ray?

Above are her x-rays. Notice how her head is leaning quite a bit to her right in the x-ray on the left. I had her stand in front of a mirror so she could see it as well. And she did. Not surprisingly this head tilt showed up in her x-ray. And I could see that her head and her neck were creating a kink on her right side. This was placing pressure on muscles and ligaments for sure. But also potentially placing pressure on blood vessels and nerves going into her head.

I made a gentle correction based on what I measured from the x-ray. Then I measured again after the adjustment. That’s the x-ray on the right. Can you see the improvement. Her head is only leaning half as much.

But, I wasn’t happy yet. With this new information, I lowered my approach and we made another correction. You didn’t need an x-ray to see that change. She noticed that when she looked in the mirror, her head was on straight. She couldn’t believe that she had lived with head tilt all her life.

And the best part: her headaches went away after the first visit. Even the bad ones she would have with her cycle. And months later, they’ve stayed away.

Written by Dr. Ward

Father. Foodie. And dedicated upper cervical chiropractor. Find me practicing gentle upper cervical care in Oakland County, Michigan. Have a question or comment? I'm at your service. Reach me at my Auburn Hills chiropractic practice: (248) 598-4002. Or on Google +, Facebook, or Twitter.

3 Responses to Headaches and Upper Cervical Chiropractic Care
  1. Dr. Adam Tanase
    August 11, 2009 | 10:31 am

    Doc, I always enjoy reading your blog posts. Such catchy titles!

  2. Cory Schiller
    September 22, 2009 | 11:16 pm

    Dr. Ward thanks for your website. My mother had migraines every month for as long as I could remember and she saw a NUCCA chiropractor in Chicago about four years ago. After 3 months of getting in adjustment her migraines were gone. She has probably had one or two in the last four years now. It’s good to know there is someone in the area who is doing this work now. Too bad you weren’t here 4 years ago. We wouldn’t have had to drive to Chicago! Anyway, thanks again.

  3. Brandon Harshe, DC
    October 6, 2009 | 6:43 am

    Awesome, Dr. Ward! The people of Ames, Iowa are blessed to have you there to help them.