If You Suffer from Chronic Migraines, Chiropractic Care Could Be the Answer

About 40 million people in the United States suffer from migraines, according to data from the Migraine Research Foundation, dealing with issues such as pain, nausea, hypersensitivity to sound and light, and visual disturbances, all of which can interfere with work, school and other daily activities. Migraines are very common — in fact, globally, they’re the third most common illness and the sixth most debilitating medical condition. Migraines can affect anyone at any age, but they tend to be about three times as common among women as among men, and about 10% of children suffer from migraine headaches as well.

Why medicines don’t work

There’s no one-dose cure for migraines. Instead, many migraine sufferers are prescribed pain medication to help relieve their symptoms temporarily. The problem is, these medications can have some serious side effects, such as nausea, heart palpitations, and drowsiness. In fact, the side effects can be so unpleasant, many patients don’t take their medication as prescribed, which means they’ll still have headaches — and they’ll still have side effects when they do take their medicines. Long-term use of some types of pain medicines can also lead to addiction, along with all the issues associated with overuse of these drugs.

One of the problems with treating migraines is that these headaches aren’t caused by one factor. Most researchers agree migraines involve vascular and nerve-related causes, and to enjoy real, long-lasting relief, you need a more comprehensive treatment plan that optimizes your nerve pathways and your circulation.

Chiropractic care for migraine relief

Fortunately, chiropractic care addresses both these issues, and for that reason, it’s proven to be very effective in relieving migraine pain and other symptoms. And the key seems to lie in having regular spinal adjustments.

The bones of your spine form a long, hollow tunnel from the base of your spine to your lower back. This tunnel carries all the nerves as they travel from your brain to every other part of your body. At specific points along the spine, these nerves exit the spine and extend to your arms, your legs, and the rest of your body. Each of these nerves is connected to your brain at one end, and nerve signals are sent along the pathways formed by the nerves. 

As the nerves exit the spine, they pass between the spine bones (or vertebrae). If these bones aren’t lined up properly, it can cause irritation and swelling, compressing nerves and interrupting normal nerve signaling. Spinal adjustments help reposition these bones, relieving pressure and irritation on the nerves, so signaling is normalized. 

Massage and more

If you have migraines, having regular spinal adjustments could significantly reduce the severity of your migraine symptoms and even reduce the number of headaches you wind up experiencing. But as effective as they can be in treating migraine headaches, spinal adjustments are just one treatment option chiropractors use. At City Chiropractic and Wellness, we also use therapeutic massage to help relieve tension and muscle stress associated with poor spinal alignment. Therapeutic massage at a chiropractor is a lot different from the massage you can get at a spa. At our practice, we use special techniques to focus on problem areas, restoring healthy circulation while helping your body eliminate toxins that can also lead to headaches and other problems. Therapeutic massage is a great add-on treatment used alongside spinal adjustments, and it can also be used on its own in some treatment plans.

Plus, our team can recommend lifestyle changes that can help optimize your health and wellness in other ways. For instance, identifying dietary deficiencies can help ensure your body gets the nutrients it needs to function the way it’s supposed to. Keeping a food diary can help identify those deficiencies as well as identifying foods that might actually be triggering your headaches to begin with. We can also help you learn simple relaxation techniques to reduce and manage stress, a major contributor to headaches and lots of other ailments, too.

Let us help you get rid of migraine pain

One of the best things about chiropractic care for migraines (aside from the fact that it works) is that every treatment can be customized based on your unique needs. And as your needs change, your therapy can change, too, so you can always feel sure you’re getting the appropriate care to optimize your health and wellness. To learn more about how City Chiropractic and Wellness can help relieve your migraine pain, book an appointment online today.

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