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Migraines

Who says migraines are incurable?

In the medical and scientific literature, migraine is described as an incurable neurological disease. Treatment, which is often unsuccessful, consists in attempting to influence the patient’s neuro-chemical balance through drugs.

If you too are a migraine sufferer, by now it will certainly be clear to you that your headache is not due to the fact that you have not yet found the right medicine to take.

A possible solution is presented to you below, one which does not use medicine and hence has no side effects, in contrast to received medical wisdom, according to which no cure exists for migraine.

We shall start with some facts about migraines:

Migraine is a paroxysmal unilateral headache (paroxysmal = phase of maximum intensity) which may be accompanied by other symptoms such as nausea, vomiting and hypersensitivity to light, sound and smells. Around 10% of the population suffer from migraine.

Conventional medicine divides migraine into two main categories: migraine with aura and migraine without aura.

Migraine without aura (common migraine)
accounts for about 85% of cases of migraine. It is characterised by nausea with or without vomiting. The migraine attack may be violent and pulsating or dull and continuous like “a weight of several kilos on the head”. The pain is exacerbated by movement, coughing, sneezing, effort and exposure to light. The person affected usually prefers to remain lying down, in the dark and far away from noises. The episodes may last from a few hours to as long as three days; they generally come on without warning signs and begin on one side of the head before spreading rapidly to the rest of the head.

Migraine with aura (classical migraine)
accounts or about 14% of cases of migraine. It differs from migraine without aura in that a number of warning symptoms are present, such as hypersensitivity to light and/or sound, darkening of vision, perception of shining lines or flying insects. Attacks last from between 4 to 24 hours.

What does the atlas vertebra have to do with migraine?

As previously mentioned, according to orthodox medicine, migraine is a neurological complaint. Until now it was not understood that a misaligned atlas vertebra compresses the surrounding arteries and veins, resulting in a circulatory disturbance of the brain, which in combination with other factors can trigger headaches and migraine attacks, as well as the cause of a large number of health problems.

The theory that migraine is only a neurological disorder melts away like snow in the sun following correction of the atlas vertebra.

Migraine from the medical perspective

Generally patients affected by cephalalgia or migraine go to their doctor expecting to be CURED. They soon discover, to their regret, that the concept of being cured as understood by the doctor is different from that of the patient.

The doctor has been taught that treating an illness, for example migraine, consists in attempting to eradicate the symptom or the pain and not in seeking the cause and subsequently the cure, thus preventing the problem from reappearing in the future.

The doctor examines the patient, assesses his or her history and then diagnoses a specific kind of migraine of headache, in order to prescribe the “best” medicine.

A permanent cure is not even considered. Conventional medicine assumes that migraine is impossible to cure.

The pharmaceutical industry has no interest in solving migraine permanently: a patient “for life” is much more lucrative than a patient who is cured permanently!

If you don’t believe it, ask yourself the following question: when was the last time the pharmaceutical industry announced that it had found a treatment that cures a disease?

Those who realise this stop listening to medicine in order to try to solve their chronic illnesses such as migraine or headache and seek alternative solutions.

Unfortunately, before gaining awareness of all of this and seeking alternative paths, it is often necessary to experience beating one’s head against a wall at first hand, after curing gastritis brought on by medicines or a headache that becomes more and more intolerable.

Medicines can certainly help in cases of emergency. However, they are not the solution to recurrent headaches!

How a misalignment of the atlas vertebra can cause a migraine

The lateral apophyses of a misaligned atlas vertebra exert pressure on the internal carotid artery and the internal jugular vein, as well as traction on the vertebral artery (cervical artery) which passes through the lateral apophyses themselves. The vertebral artery is responsible for supplying blood to the cerebellum, while the main function of the carotid artery is vascularisation of the brain.

Vertebralarterie Migräne

Compression may cause a reduction in the flow of blood to the brain, depending on whether it affects the artery or the vein. This explains the sensation of pressure in the head, paleness or the pulsating sensation.

Alteration of the blood flow reduces oxygenation of the brain and causes a temporary malfunction of the nerve cells, the so-called neurological deficit, which can last anything from a few hours to whole days. The situation worsens whenever new factors that impair it come into play, and once a critical threshold has been exceeded, the migraine attack is triggered.

In some people, misalignment of the atlas produces an alteration in the circulation of the cerebrospinal liquid, causing an increase in intracranial pressure, also termed endocranial idiopathic hypertension.

Stress, overwork, anxiety and nerves contribute to the onset of headache as well as the muscular tension at the nape of the neck which further exacerbate the pains.

It is interesting to observe that the same misalignment of the atlas can cause migraine in one patient and not in another, due to individual anatomical differences, such as the size of the atlas vertebra, available space between the various anatomical elements and sensitivity to triggering factors, the degree of muscular tension and intoxication of the body, liver and intestine, as well as emotional state – an extremely important factor.

Below you can see an animation highlighting how a misaligned atlas can compress the internal jugular vein, the internal carotid artery and the vagus nerve.

Yellow: vagus nerve (nervus vagus)
Blue: internal jugular vein (vena jugularis interna)
Red: internal carotid artery (arteria carotis interna)

It is also worth noting that migraine is typically unilateral. This can be explained by the type of misalignment of the atlas itself: an atlas misaligned to one side or the other does not compromise all blood vessels equally. Indeed, blood circulation is more usually more severely impaired on one side, and this is what leads to the typically unilateral migraine.

Some factors that can trigger migraine attacks

  1. misalignment of the atlas vertebra
  2. vertebral subluxation
  3. stress
  4. illness
  5. hormonal changes
  6. sleep deprivation
  7. stale air or air conditioning
  8. food allergies (food intolerances)
  9. abnormal dental occlusion (malocclusion)
  10. alcohol, chocolate, cheese, aspartame, monosodium glutamate (E621)
  11. rapid changes in weather (atmospheric pressure, temperature, humidity)

The accumulation of these or other factors beyond a limit threshold brings on a migraine attack. The various triggering factors are not constant: on the contrary, they can change in order of importance over the sufferer’s lifetime. An example of this is hormonal changes owing to the menopause or pregnancy, which is some cases reduces the frequency of attacks, causes them to stop, or may even trigger them.

The factors listed above are usually less important than misalignment of the atlas vertebra. Indeed, experience has shown that if the position of the first vertebra is corrected, very often the other factors are no longer sufficient to trigger a headache attack on their own.

As the problem of the atlas vertebra is purely mechanical in nature, when it is solved, the migraine or headache may clear up immediately. Sometimes, however, the body needs a phase of regeneration which requires a little patience.

People who see their headaches disappear overnight, after years of suffering, are often totally incredulous and nonplussed and, as if – absurdly – they have become fond of them, feel a sense of emptiness. They are unable to take in the fact that their unwelcome “companion” has abandoned them for good.

For an Atlas Orthogonist it is always extremely gratifying to hear the tale told by people who have been relieved of headaches or other pains from which they had suffered for years in a lasting manner.