Headaches and Migraines encompass a whole host of conditions and can present in numerous ways. Varying in intensity, pattern and frequency and sometimes accompanied with other symptoms, they can be debilitating for many patients.
Some headache and migraine symptoms are the result of an already diagnosed condition and in other cases the symptoms may be the result of a past trauma or injury, however for many there is no obvious reason.
Chiropractic Neurology is quite simply a chiropractor with a special interest in the intricacies of the neurological system and the treatment of headaches and migraines. The role of a Chiropractic Neurologist is to explore these patterns to pinpoint what is causing the headache symptoms and more importantly, why.
The Technical Part
The primary goal of your brain is movement. Your brain uses your eyes, your ears and the feedback from your muscles and joints to create a 3D map of your body and your environment. All movement is based on these sensory maps. If you’re suffering from pain, headaches or migraines this may be due to a physical lesion or it may be that your brain is having trouble creating these sensory maps and healthy movement patterns.
Your brain and nerves are highly adaptive throughout your lifetime. As a child this allows you to learn to walk, talk and play. As an adult it allows you to learn new skills. It also allows us to heal remarkably well from injury. However, sometimes this adaptive response is incomplete and occasionally it can work against us, pain nerves may become increasingly painful after an injury, resulting in a more chronic condition and causing anxiety and stress. This is where we may be able to help.
Correct diagnosis is paramount when treating these conditions, there is no ‘one size fits all’ treatment plan. This is why we allow longer for our Chiropractic Neurology appointments, the extra time enables us to understand your history, how your symptoms started and are progressing and to perform specific tests to locate the cause of them. It also ensures we are able to support patients throughout their recovery and the rehabilitation process.