Migraine Management with Chiropractic Care
Everyone experiences headaches now and then, usually brought on by dehydration, lack of sleep or stressful situations. Ordinarily, taking an aspirin can alleviate a headache for a short while, however, there is a class of headaches that cannot be dealt with so easily. Migraines are an unfortunate affliction for many people who experience debilitating pain, often finding that traditional treatments are not effective. Thankfully, chiropractic care can help where other approaches fail. Before we go over the benefits of seeing a chiropractor, it’s important to know more about what exactly migraines are and what causes them.
What are migraines?
A migraine is a type of headache that has very specific symptoms, which are usually more intense (and chronic) than “regular” headaches. The pain from migraines, which is usually on one side of the head (behind or above the eye) but can spread to both sides, is described as throbbing, pulsing and stabbing. Migraines are divided into two categories: “common” (which accounts for 80-85% of attacks and usually allows people to go about their daily lives despite the pain) and “classic” (which 10-15% of migraine patients experience, and which debilitates them through symptoms such as intense nausea and sensitivity to light and/or sound). Classic migraine patients experience visual symptoms such as flashing lights (scintillation) or the presence of a blind spot (scotoma).
How common are they?
About 15% of women and 6% of men experience migraines, which overall afflict over 16 million Americans every year.
What are some root causes of migraines?
The causes of migraines are still not fully understood, but researchers believe that changes in (and obstructions of) blood flow may be responsible, as well as the presence of certain chemicals in the body and/or poor posture. However, certain stimuli can be “triggers” for migraines, including stress, eating certain foods, hormonal changes, sleep habits, and tension in the neck.
How can chiropractic care help?
As mentioned previously, one of the potential causes of migraines is muscle tension in the upper portion of the neck, but also in the upper back and shoulders. A chiropractor can adjust any postural inconsistencies that may contribute to migraines (such as poor posture) and help release built-up tension in those problem areas. In addition, regular chiropractic visits have been known to minimize the consistency of future migraines and significantly lessen the symptoms when one occurs.
Can acupuncture be effective in relieving migraines?
Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese technique that consists of inserting small, fine needles into specific pressure points on the skin and stimulating the needles either manually or electronically. This method of treatment stimulates nerves in muscles and other tissues and promotes increased blood flow, providing relief from pain. Acupuncture can be effective in treating the symptoms of migraines, however, results can vary so be sure to consult with your chiropractor to see if it is a viable option for you.
Don’t go another season without relief from the constant headache that ails you. If you suffer from migraines and have failed to find an adequate treatment method, call the professionals from Access to Health at (860) 889-1475 to see how chiropractic care can help you lead a happier, pain-free life! You can also learn more about the various health conditions that have been proven to benefit from chiropractic care by clicking here.