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Migraines are the third most prevalent illness in the world, with an estimated 15% of the population suffering from migraines. Migraines are more prevalent than diabetes, epilepsy and asthma combined.


Only those who have suffered from migraines know how debilitating they can be. Besides the intense pain they cause, migraines will interfere with every aspect of your life. Greater than 90% of people who suffer from migraines are unable to work or function normally during their migraines which, on average, last between 4-72 hours at a time.

Migraines are a neurological disorder with incapacitating neurological symptoms that can include visual disturbances, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, extreme sensitivity to sound, light, and touch among other things. Along with these neurological symptoms, 75% of patient’s report the migraine attack radiating from their neck to their head. 

The importance of the Cranial-Cervical Junction (upper neck) and Migraines

The Cranial-Cervical Junction (CCJ) is one of the most complex, intricate and delicate joints in the entire human body. This joint is formed when the Cranium meets the first vertebrae in your spine, Atlas (C1), and is a critical area for blood and nerve flow to and from the brain. Recently, there have been several studies conducted by both the field of medicine as well as the field of chiropractic regarding the correlation between Migraines and dysfunction of the CCJ. Dr. Scott Rosa, an Upper Cervical Chiropractor, has been conducting research with Dr. Raymond Damadian, a Medical Doctor and inventor of the MRI, and what they have discovered could give those who suffer from migraines the answer that they have been searching for. By using upright MRI’s, Blood Flow and CSF studies, they believe they have found one of the major causes of migraine headaches.

Dr. Rosa and Dr. Damadian have provided studies with images to show how the upper neck misalignment is affecting the flow of spinal fluid as well as blood flow. What is more impressive is that Dr. Rosa has also provided images after adjusting the upper neck that shows a complete reversal of the condition. Dr. Damadian has even stated publicly that adjusting the Atlas (C1) is a missing link in health care. While chiropractors, who specialize in the correction of the CCJ, have always had great success with migraine sufferers, this new research can pinpoint the exact reason why.


What are your options?

The current treatments have been limited to pain medication, anti- depressants, and now botox injections. While these methods may reduce the suffering of the patient, they are only temporary and do not get to the root cause of the migraines. There has not been much help or relief at getting to the true cause of this condition, until now.

How Our Chiropractors Can Help

With the newfound research and ability to correct Upper Cervical misalignments, we are giving new hope to individuals suffering from this debilitating condition.

Pierce Chiropractic Center uses a revolutionary healthcare procedure that focuses on the Upper Cervical Spine. This procedure identifies subtle misalignments of the top vertebrae in the neck and corrects them using a light-force instrument adjustment. These corrections have led to the restoration of fluid flow and relief from Migraine.

From One of Our Patients

I was experiencing terrible migraines and missing lots of work before a friend referred me to Pierce Chiropractic Center. After seeing neurologists and having MRIs done with no root cause, Dr. Culig was able to identify and fix my problems. I’ve been migraine free and medication free for months now thanks to the excellent care I’ve received at Pierce Chiropractic!


  • Rachel C.