Can the Weather Trigger a Migraine in Chattanooga? 

 January 30, 2016

By  Dr. Todd Osborne

brain_headacheDisorders Associated with Whiplash

Did you know there are disorders associated with whiplash? They’re called Whiplash Associated Disorders, and any person who’s ever experienced Whiplash is in danger of one of these disorders manifesting themselves.

Each of these injuries is also known as a  Coup Contrecoup Injury, and each one affects your Cerebrum. Just in case you don’t know what part of your brain that is, that’s the part just below your skull that people commonly see when they look at a skeleton in a biology classroom or a doctor’s office. 

While it is only one part of the brain, it is part of the brain that plays a critical role in the control of the Central Nervous System (CNS). It consists of several components, which we listed below.

The Inside of your Cerebrum

  • Limbic System – This consists of a set of structures and supports various functions including adrenaline, emotion, behavior, motivation, long-term memory, and olfaction
  • Hippocampus – Part of the Limbic System and plays a key role in a person’s short and long-term memory and spatial navigation
  • Olfactory Bulb – This is the part of the brain that transmits outside smell information from the nose to the brain. In humans, it is on the bottom side of the brain.
  • Basal Ganglia (Basal Nuclei) – The basic functions of this are learning and various functions of a person’s memory
  • Cerebral Cortex – Plays a key role in memory, attention, perception, thought, language, and consciousness 


To learn more about the connection between head and neck injuries and migraines download our complimentary e-book by clicking the image below.


It has been reported that approximately 46% of adults around the world will suffer from migraines or another type of headache disorder.1  Migraines have been known to be triggered by various things, such as chocolate, red wine, hormonal imbalance, odors, and sleep deprivation to name a few.  But, can changes in the weather be a contributing factor?

According to the Mayo Clinic, people who are prone to having migraine attacks may in fact be more sensitive to changes in the weather.  Shifts in the weather may contribute to imbalances in brain chemistry, including serotonin, which can bring on a migraine attack.2   Changes in weather can include:

  •  Glare from the sun
  •  High humidity levels
  •  Changes in barometric pressure
  •  High humidity levels
  •  Dry air
  •  Extremely bright sunshine

How Upper Cervical Chiropractic Can Help

When there is a misalignment (subluxation) of one of the top two bones in the neck, the nervous system is unable to function as it was designed to.  The brainstem is protected by the upper cervical spine, making it extremely vulnerable when the bones of the upper neck are not in proper alignment.  In Chattanooga, migraine suffers are finding drug-free relief with the help of upper cervical chiropractors Drs. Christi and Todd Osborne.  Sensitivities to things such as changes in weather can indicate that the body is not adapting properly, which can be a direct result of a misalignment at the level of the brainstem.  

While you don’t have any control over the weather, you do have the ability to have our spine checked by an upper cervical chiropractor to see if an upper cervical subluxation could be the cause of your migraines.  A simple, yet specific adjustment has the potential to provide relief in as little as one visit.3

Relief of Headaches in Chattanooga, Tennessee

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  1. Stovner LJ, Hagen K, Jensen R, Katsarva Z, Lipton R, Scher A, Steiner T, Zwart JA. The global burden of headache: a documentation of headache prevalence and disability worldwide. Cephalgia 2007; 27(3):193-210.
  2. Swanson JW. Migraines: are they triggered by weather changes? [homepage on the Internet]. 2015 [cited 2015 Mar 23]. Available from: http://goo.gl/HHA2BF
  3. Elster EL. Upper cervical chiropractic care for a patient with chronic migraine headaches with an appendix summarizing an additional 100 headache cases. J Vert Sublux Res 2003;AUG(3):1-10.


Dr. Todd Osborne

Dr. Todd Osborne has completed extensive post-graduate education in Activator Methods, and has hundreds of hours in continuing education in Upper Cervical Chiropractic, Neurology, and is a Board Certified Atlas Orthogonist, certified by the Atlas Orthogonal Board and Sherman College of Chiropractic.

Dr. Todd Osborne

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