Explaining how a migraine feels to someone who has never had one is difficult. Between the throbbing pain and sensitivity to light and sound, even a moderate migraine can make it difficult to work or perform other tasks. Many people who experience migraines use medicine to reduce the onset of their pain or to reduce its severity; however, studies are beginning to show that chiropractic care is also an effective—and all-natural—treatment option for this all-too-common condition.
Migraines are attributed to a number of factors, including chemical imbalances, hormones, and even food sensitivities. What’s known for sure is that the trigger can cause the brain’s blood vessels to dilate, thus becoming inflamed and irritating the nerve fibers. This, in turn, sends messages to the pain center of the brain, causing a vicious cycle.
One of the potential sources of migraine pain is misalignment of the spine. Also known as subluxation, a spine that is out of alignment can irritate the nerves that travel through the spine to the brain, potentially triggering a migraine. A chiropractor can use gentle manipulation to realign your spine, thus relieving pressure on the nerves. In addition, a chiropractor can provide practical advice on improving your posture and sleeping better to help you avoid future subluxations.
Several clinical studies have been conducted to evaluate the effectiveness of chiropractic care on migraines. One study showed that 22% of migraine sufferers who underwent spinal manipulation experienced a 90% reduction of migraine occurrences. In addition, 49% of the group found that the intensity of their migraines were significantly reduced.
Our chiropractors are dedicated to improving your overall health—and this includes providing treatment to help your migraine pain.