Case Study #114
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Migraine Headaches and Whiplash
What could be worse than having a migraine headache. Having a migraine headache every day for the past two years. There are many causes for migraine headaches: food allergies, chemical toxicity, yeast infection, tumors, stress, heavy metal toxicity, toxins from a root canal tooth, TMJ Dysfunction, and about 150 other reasons. There is one cause that most healthcare practitioners are unaware of, that is, disturbance of a patient's basic cranial motion caused by whiplash and or concussions.
This was the case of Monica T. who gave a past medical history of being involved in a motor vehicle accident. As a result of the trauma incurred, Monica experienced migraine headaches every day for the past two years and right hip pain. Chiropractic adjustments would alleviate her pain temporarily but they did not resolve her symptoms. When a patient has recurring symptoms and mechanical adjustments do not hold, then there is another problem which is the real underlying cause. Unless the treating chiropractor has specialty training in cranial manipulation, s/he will never factor in the cranial distortion as a possible underlying cause for migraines and hip pain.
When Monica was evaluated, she exhibited tenderness of her diaphragm, which is a frequent finding in post-whiplash cases. Since a whiplash injury involves the cervical vertebrae, cervical nerves C-3, C-4, and C-5 are adversely affected. These three nerves make up the phrenic nerve which innervates the diaphragm. Spasm of the diaphragm causes the fascia (fibrous covering of muscles and other tissues) to be pulled down from the head and up from the pelvis. Also Monica had a subluxation (misalignment) of her pubic symphysis (area where the two pelvic bones join in the front).
In addition, Monica’s cranial motion was out of synchronization with her breathing causing the membranes within her skull to be tight. There are three branches of the trigeminal nerve each branch gives off a sensory branch to the dural membrane system in the cranium. When the membrane get twisted or tight, half the head is in flexion (migraine side) and the other half is in extension (non-pain side). By correcting the cranial imbalance, the tension is released from the membranes and the pain disappears. This is exactly what happened following the comprehensive cranial adjustment that was performed on Monica. Her video testimonial says it all.
Dr. Gerald Smith