Managing Migraines with Chiropractic Care

painMigraines affect around 37 million people in the US, according to the National Headache Foundation. These debilitating headaches can cause throbbing pain, nausea, dizziness, blurred vision and extreme sensitivity to light or noise. Even after the migraine is gone, sleepiness, neck pain and difficulty thinking can occur for some time. While migraines aren’t curable, chiropractic care can help minimize their occurrence and reduce the symptoms they cause.

Why Do Migraines Occur?

Migraine causes aren’t fully understood, but they’re at least partially caused by reduced blood flow to the brain followed by an increased blood flow. The reduced blood flow leads to visual disturbances, while the increased blood flow causes severe headaches. There are also several triggers that can lead to migraines, including:

  • Alcohol
  • Hormonal changes
  • Loud noises or bright lights
  • Stress
  • Sleep issues
  • Certain medications

If you have a family history of migraines, you have an increased risk of experiencing these painful headaches.

How Can Chiropractic Care Help Migraines?

Chiropractic care is a practice that has been around for decades. It offers a non-invasive way to treat migraines without the risk of side effects or harmful drug interactions. A chiropractor specializes in performing what is known as spinal adjustments or spinal manipulation, which involves making sure that the bones and disks along your spine are in alignment. When they are misaligned, this can lead to pain, irritation and other symptoms.

Chiropractic care for migraines focuses on ensuring that the vertebrae in your upper back and neck are in the correct alignment. This eases tension in your neck and can help reduce the risk of developing migraines. Spinal adjustments are also known to relieve stress, which is one of the common triggers that can cause migraines.

How Effective Is Chiropractic Care for Migraines?

Chiropractic care has been shown to significantly reduce the occurrence of migraines, as well as the severity of the pain these headaches cause. It’s important to note that the time it takes for chiropractic care to work effectively can differ from one person to the next. You might find that you need to have one or a few spinal adjustments done before you start experiencing fewer migraines. Chiropractic care also works better when combined with lifestyle changes that reduce migraines, such as avoiding triggers and practicing stress reduction techniques.

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