Four Causes of Migraines that You Don’t Know

Four Causes of Migraines that You Don’t KnowWhen the painful force of a migraine hits you, it can be impossible to describe. Like being hit in the head with a rock for some people and like being needled by a thousand tiny stingers for others, migraines occur in over 38 million Americans.

It is often said that until you’ve experienced a migraine, you can’t understand it. Caused by any number of things, migraines result in misery across the board. With one in four American households containing a member who experiences migraines, there’s no doubt about how widespread they are.

But what you probably don’t know is just how strange some of the causes of migraines can be.

  1. Bodily injury that causes the spinal cord to be misaligned with the brain, otherwise known as subluxation of the atlas, is a common cause of migraines. The Atlas Orthogonal approach to dealing with migraines is repositioning the head atop the body in its original position, allowing for a steady flow of blood and bodily fluid between the brain and the spinal cord. Car accidents are frequent catalysts to this type of delicate imbalance, as the body is hurled at an unnatural speed that the sensitive tissues of the neck and head are not meant to withstand.
  2. A chronic migraine is one that never really goes away. Some people who simply happen to have brain cells that are extra excitable can suffer from chronic migraines ‘just because’, says Frederick Freitag, the Director of the Baylor University Medical Center. What could be a more frustrating cause of a headache?
  3. It’s a chicken-or-the-egg situation when it comes to flashing or bright lights and migraines. Although many migraine sufferers do believe that their headaches can be triggered by irritating light, an overwhelming 85{115649cd14c12cd94f0d147e1e5923e5cfd090a3a81f6b6da2d6b334a1994be8} found that bright or flickering lights did worsen their pre-existing headache. Still other research found that individuals are more likely to have migraines when there is lightning active in the air, owing perhaps to a shift in the atmosphere’s electrical signals.
  4. A woman’s monthly cycle comes complete with a wild fluctuation of hormones that can cause a migraine in those who are very sensitive to this activity. One study found that nearly half of the women who experience migraines get them during their monthly periods. The rollercoaster of estrogen and progesterone that takes place just prior to menstruation can lead to what’s known as a menstrual migraine. When coupled with the relatively normal side effects of PMS (pre-menstrual syndrome), menstrual migraines can be the last straw of pain and discomfort.


Regardless of whether your migraine has sprung from a lightning storm, your monthly cycle, or a minor or major car accident, we are here to help. With you, we will co-create a treatment plan that may include Atlas Orthogonal adjustment and upper cervical care that gets to the root of migraine causes. Read what our patients have had to say about our migraine treatment.

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