Migraines and Mint? 

 January 29, 2016

By  Dr. Todd Osborne

headache-woman1or people who suffer from migraines or other types of severe headaches, they know just how debilitating they can be. According to a 2012 government survey, approximately 14% of Americans reported that they had experienced either a migraine or other type of severe headache within the previous three months.  These episodes can certainly take their toll – not just on the person experiencing them – friends and family members’ lives are also impacted. 

A recent article in the Wall Street Journal talks about a recent study that sought to discover if peppermint oil applied to the forehead or temples could help ease these severe headache episodes.  Preliminarily, the oil seemed to help ease some of the pain.  Headache sufferers also reported fewer rebound headaches – or headaches that occur as a result of frequent aspirin or acetaminophen use.  A few issues recognized at the beginning of the study were that sometimes scents can actually trigger an attack, or that migraine patients become highly sensitive to smells during the attack, making the scent of mint difficult to bear. 

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While it seems that using peppermint oils to ease the pain may be a natural way to feel some relief, the fact remains that the actual cause of these severe headache remains unaddressed.  This is where the expertise of Drs. Todd and Christi Osborne comes into play.  As upper cervical chiropractors, the Osbornes look to the top two vertebrae in the neck for what is frequently found to be the root cause of many headaches cases.  When these two vertebrae shift out of alignment, it interrupts the body’s ability to function normally.  Pressure is placed on the brain stem, and on blood vessels and other surrounding tissues.  Through a specific analysis and gentle upper cervical adjustments, the doctors are able to create lasting relief for their migraine and headache patients. 


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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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