migraines

Trigger VS Cause

I’ve spent the last what feels like almost a decade in different mommy groups, personal growth groups, and business groups on Facebook and I noticed something that really stuck with me recently.

The words we choose to use are SO important, and there were people literally choosing the words I saw and needed right before my very eyes.

You see, when you’re a holistic practitioner, you already see the body and how it works differently. The key to sharing what you see with others is being able to use their words to help them see what you see in a way that makes sense.

The two words I wanted to share with you today are TRIGGER and CAUSE. They are extremely important because they affect how we choose to take care of ourselves on a daily basis.

TRIGGERS are often what I hear people talking about, but they also usually think about taking care of them as though they are somehow going to take care of the problem or CAUSE by removing them. Removing TRIGGERS only reduces the chances of experiencing the concern that you have.

Some examples of triggers - certain foods that trigger headaches/migraines, hot flashes, lack of sleep, temperature, lack of exercise.

Many times we try to help take control of our health issues by removing these triggers - we stop eating the specific food, we start exercising, create a better schedule for sleep or drink more water. AND many times getting rid of the trigger can help lessen the symptoms or reduce the frequency. When we slip up and eat that gluten or do get the rest we need- the issues come back again.

But here’s the thing, there are still people who don’t eat gluten, or who already have an awesome exercise regimen that are still experiencing these issues. What I’ve found when working with all of them - is they have some underlying injury that happening in their past that is preventing their body from functioning the way it was designed.

This improper function may show up as migraines, or it may show up as a neck pain or TMJ issues (for a larger list, look at the image below). The health concerns we experience end up being the symptoms of the underlying CAUSE which has to be taken care of before we truly start to experience proper function.

The CAUSE is the alteration of proper structure which eventually over time affects our function. Realistically speaking, there is unfortunately no way for you to check this yourself. Most people end up trying to remove their TRIGGER and if it doesn’t work then they look for a deeper CAUSE. By the time these people get to me, they’ve been suffering a long time.

To find out if an injury from your past is the CAUSE of your body expressing its health issues, its pretty simple! All you have to do is schedule some time for an examination with me. We’ll go over your history, use x-ray to take a look at your spine and see how its affecting your function, and take thermal scans to see if your body is functioning and adapting the way it should, or if it’s stuck in survival mode.

All you have to do is give me a call at 805-255-6769 or click the button below to let me know you’re ready to rule out one of the biggest underlying CAUSES I’ve found in the last 11 years.

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Agoura Hills, California Residents Finding Natural Migraine Help

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Migraines can sap a person’s energy and leave one feeling exhausted and unable to complete a normal daily routine. Not only do migraines affect work performance but also recreation and family time. Things such as get-togethers, going to ball games, going on family vacations, and attending work events often have to be put on the back burner, so to speak, until a person is feeling better and recovered. This can take anywhere from a couple of days to an entire week. 
Research reports that as many as 9 out of every 10 migraine patients cannot complete their daily tasks while suffering from a migraine. This is further shown by the 113 million days of work missed due to migraines, costing US business approximately $13 billion a year.

Migraines are not just headaches but are neurological in origin. A headache is just one common symptom of a migraine. But not everyone has a headache as a migraine symptom. Also, some people experience chronic migraines, meaning they have 15 or more migraine days per month.

Seeking Care for Migraines

Most of the time, when one seeks care through his family physician or even a specialist, a prescription drug is offered to help alleviate the pain. Some medications try to stop a migraine before it gets severe, while others help block pain signals to help the person cope. Neither option has had a 100% success rate, and medications come along with unwanted side effects like:

  • Nausea
  • Weight gain
  • Hair loss
  • Headaches

This leaves people looking for natural, safe care. However, many do not know where to turn for reliable homeopathic relief. 

A Different Approach to Migraines

We offer a natural alternative to help migraine pain that does not involve medication. We understand that migraines are often linked to a misalignment of a person’s atlas or axis bone – the top bones of the spine. If a misalignment has occurred, pressure is placed on the blood vessels responsible for bringing oxygen-rich blood to the brain. 
Using a gentle method, we can correct this problem, thereby helping patients experience improved health. Many have seen fewer migraines after care. Some see them go away completely.

Finding Natural Migraine Relief Has to Start with the Brain Stem

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Most people who suffer from migraines have their first one in their teens or early 20s. 9 out of 10 experience the first attack before age 40. In some cases, women who experience migraines may see a connection between this condition and their menstruation cycle. About half of female migraine patients find this to be true. Therefore, one may conclude that hormones can be connected to the onset of migraines in some patients.

How Changing Hormone Levels Increase Migraines

Interestingly, nearly half of female responders who have migraines stated that their condition worsened when they went through menopause and afterward. Once again, there may be a link to a change in hormone levels. Women report that both severity and frequency of attacks increased during this time. 

Something else to consider, however, is that the brain stem has been seen to play a part in migraines. This is important because the brain stem has the important job of controlling breathing, digestion, and regulating hormones, among other things. Therefore, if the brain stem has stopped working at its optimum, migraines may be the end result. What causes a problem with the brain stem?

Finding Help for Migraines

A study compiled the results for 101 headache and migraine patients who received upper cervical chiropractic care. They reported seeing improvement in as little as one or two adjustments. Yes, all of them saw a decrease in the amount and severity of headaches or migraines. Some even saw the problem completely resolved. 

The issue here has to do with the C1 and C2 vertebrae. If they are misaligned, they can be putting undue pressure on the brain stem, causing it no longer to work properly. Communication between the brain and body breaks down, culminating in migraines and other health problems. 

Using a gentle technique to help the bones of the neck to move back into place naturally, allows the body to take over and repair any damage. Once normal function of the brain stem is restored, many have found that migraines are greatly helped. 

5 Facts About Migraines in Agoura Hills, CA

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For those who have not experienced the terrible pain of a migraine episode, you may think that it just feels like a really bad headache.  There is definitely more than meets the eye when it comes to migraines, and there are many myths circulating out there.  The truth is that migraines are an extremely common neurological condition – over 1 billion people worldwide are affected.

  1. 1 out of 4 migraine sufferers experience aura – visual disturbances that will accompany an attack.  An aura can cause a person to see spots, wavy lines, or flashes of light.
  2. Migraines tend to run in families – about 90% of those affected have a family history of migraine.
  3. Children are impacted by migraines too – half of all migraine sufferers experienced their first attack before the age of 12.
  4. $36 billion a year is spent on healthcare costs associated with migraines across the United States.
  5. Migraines disproportionately affect women – 3 times more women than men deal with migraines at some point in life.

Dealing with Migraines the Natural Way

In order to address migraines on any ongoing basis, the root cause must be identified and addressed.  Otherwise, you get stuck in a symptom-chasing game that leaves you scrambling for solutions when you're feeling bad.  Migraines can often be linked to a small misalignment of the vertebra that sits at the very top of the neck just beneath the skull.  When the atlas is not aligned properly, it can contribute to migraines in at least three ways – pressure on the brainstem hindering normal brain-body signals, disruption of normal blood flow to and from the head, and an interruption of normal cerebrospinal fluid flow.


As an upper cervical chiropractor, I am specifically trained to analyze for and correct misalignments of the atlas.  The atlas can move in more complex ways than any other vertebra in the spine, and this requires a different level of expertise to address thoroughly.  Our atlas corrections are gentle, specific, and designed to hold.  This restores your body's ability to heal and function normally, which can ultimately give you the lasting migraine relief you've been looking for.

Fibromyalgia – What Are the Symptoms and How Common Is It?

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Fibromyalgia is a painful condition that affects the entire body. It is now recognized that, rather than being a musculoskeletal condition, fibromyalgia is connected to the function of the central nervous system as well as some vascular factors. What are the symptoms of fibromyalgia? How prevalent is the occurrence of this condition in the US? Read on to learn more.

What Are the Symptoms of Fibromyalgia?

If you were to ask a person what he or she thought the symptoms of fibromyalgia are, most people could only come up with pain. However, fibromyalgia is so much more than just a chronic pain condition. Consider the following list of other symptoms:

  • Insomnia
  • Fatigue
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Cognitive difficulties (i.e. concentration and memory)
  • Headaches or migraines
  • IBS
  • Stiffness in the morning
  • Numbness or tingling in the feet and hands

While some fibromyalgia patients may only experience some of the symptoms note above along with their pain, any or all of these symptoms may be experienced at some time.

How Many People Have Fibromyalgia?

According to the CDC website, fibromyalgia affects about 5 million people in the US. However, that information is admittedly outdated as being from 2005. According to the National Fibromyalgia Association, 10 million people are estimated to be dealing with fibromyalgia in the US. Both sites note that the number of women with fibromyalgia outnumbers men by about 7 to 1. However, it has been suggested by researchers that men may just be less likely to be willing to go through the many doctor’s visits and tests to a get a diagnosis that requires eliminating the possibility of many other conditions first. As a result, many men may simply be diagnosed with several symptomatic conditions like IBS and depression. 

Natural Relief from the Symptoms of Fibromyalgia

n many cases, the onset of fibromyalgia follows head or neck trauma. This makes sense because such a trauma can cause an upper cervical misalignment. This, in turn, can affect the way the body processes pain. How? Pressure placed on the brainstem may disrupt the proper sending and receiving of pain signals between the brain and body. Additionally, inhibited vertebral blood flow can result in certain parts of the brain getting too much or too little blood (both are factors noted in fibromyalgia patients by researchers). 


To learn more, schedule an appointment for a consultation today. A gentle adjustment to correct an upper cervical misalignment may be the first step on the road to less fibromyalgia pain.