Chiropractic Treatment For Migraines

Chiropractic for Migraines in KennesawWhile there is no known cure for migraine headaches, chiropractic treatment aims to reduce the frequency, intensity and duration of the headaches when they occur. Treatment by a chiropractor is often a very effective treatment option for migraines sufferers.

Understanding Migraines

Over 37 million Americans suffer from migraines and over 80% of those that experience migraines have a family history of this type of headache. They can occur spontaneously or be activated by specific triggers. Headache pain is the most prominent feature of migraine. This pain is often severe and can lead to missed work, school and general interruption of normal activities.

Chiropractic Evaluation of Migraines

An initial chiropractic evaluation will begin with the taking of a history. The course of onset, frequency, quality, location, duration and severity of the headaches will be covered, along with what other symptoms the patient may be suffering. Family history will be reviewed plus a review of other health problems, including current medication use. The chiropractic evaluation will focus primarily on the musculoskeletal system. Posture and muscular asymmetries may be contributing factors. Special attention will be paid to the muscles and joints of the neck. The neck muscles will be examined for tension or spasm. Reduced motion in the neck, if found, could be a primary focus of the chiropractor’s treatment.

Chiropractic Manipulation for Migraines

Spinal manipulation is the primary treatment used by chiropractors for migraines. In a large studies, the subjects who received chiropractic treatment experienced significant improvements in migraine frequency, duration, disability and lower use of medications compared to the control group.

Migraine Triggers

Certain foods, alcohol, caffeine, fatigue, sleep changes, eye strain, light conditions, exposure to certain odors or use of certain medications may individually or collectively act as migraine episode triggers. Working with a chiropractor can help in identifying likely triggers and developing strategies for their avoidance.

Lifestyle Causes of Migraines

Chiropractors take a holistic approach to all health problems. Lifestyle considerations are a big part of that approach, and in the case of migraines, lifestyle factors appear to play a prominent role. The American Headache Society makes specific lifestyle recommendations for those suffering with migraines. These include getting adequate sleep, eating and exercising regularly, staying hydrated, limiting consumption of caffeine and alcohol, and reducing stress.

If you suffer from migraines, contact Dr. Todd Supnick for a full assessment at his chiropractic office in Kennesaw, conveniently located at 3531 Cherokee St. To schedule an appointment call 770-262-1909 or use the Contact Us form on our website.

 

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