Can An Upper Cervical Chiropractor Really Solve Your Headache Problems?

Dr. Brett Berner
6 min readFeb 11, 2024

Do you often have headaches that make it hard to do your daily tasks? Does the pain interfere with your ability to enjoy things? If this sounds like you, there’s good news. You don’t have to endure constant headaches or migraines. Whether your head hurts because of a neck injury, high blood pressure, a concussion, or something else, upper cervical chiropractic care might help you find relief.

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Chiropractors are healthcare professionals who can help with different injuries and health issues, such as headaches and migraines. Using specific methods, they focus on the root cause of your headache pain and can often provide fast relief. Chiropractic care is a natural and holistic way of taking care of your health, which may also contribute to your overall well-being.

In upper cervical chiropractic care, the main focus is on adjusting the top two bones in your neck — the C1 and C2 vertebrae, also known as the atlas and axis. These two bones are crucial because they balance your head and have a unique role compared to the other neck bones.

A slight misalignment in the atlas and axis can cause changes throughout your spine. Since they are part of the cervical spine, made up of 7 neck bones, they also help in ensuring proper blood flow to your brain through tiny bone loops called vertebral foramen.

The atlas, in particular, is super important as it surrounds and protects the brainstem at the point where it connects to the spinal cord. Even a tiny misalignment in the atlas can impact the central nervous system by putting pressure on the brainstem and reducing blood flow.

Illustration of the cervical vertebrae by VectorMine |Adobe stock

Having frequent headaches can be really frustrating. They not only hurt, but they can also affect your daily life and make you not feel like doing anything. When people wake up with a headache, they often take painkillers for temporary relief. However, it’s better to figure out the root cause of chronic migraines.

There are different reasons for headaches, like eye issues or sickness, but your body might also be a factor. Neck pain can cause certain types…



Dr. Brett Berner

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