If you suffer from chronic migraines, then you know a migraine is more than just a headache.
The throbbing head pain, visual disturbances, nausea, vomiting, and sensitivity to light and sound are often incapacitating and disruptive to daily life. Most people with severe or frequent migraine symptoms have tried everything from Botox to nasal sprays to expensive medications, spending hundreds or thousands of dollars in the hopes that something, anything, will make their migraines go away.
While you may think you have to wait for some yet-to-be-discovered cure-all migraine remedy, we have good news: Chiropractic care has proven effective for reducing the frequency and severity of migraine symptoms.
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What causes migraines?
A migraine is a neurological disorder that runs in families. It is not known exactly what causes it, but people who suffer from migraines can usually pinpoint certain triggers that bring on the symptoms. Not everyone’s triggers are the same, but it is of interest to note that triggers are sometimes passed down from family members as well. Common triggers include stress, anxiety, irregular sleep, dehydration, hormones, alcohol, caffeine, dairy products, and cured meats.
Chiropractic treatment for chronic migraines
The spinal column serves as protector of the central nervous system, and any misalignment of the vertebra (subluxation) can irritate or impair nerve function, negatively impacting various bodily systems and contributing to a wide range of health issues, including migraines.
How chiropractic helps with migraine relief
Everyone’s body responds to stress differently. In people who are prone to migraines, migraine symptoms are often bodily responses to physical, emotional, or chemical stress. Regular spinal adjustments with your chiropractor help reduce migraine symptoms by alleviating the stresses caused by misaligned vertebrae, muscle tension, and poor posture. But they also help keep your nervous system healthy so that the rest of your body’s systems function optimally.
Clinical studies have shown chiropractic care to be an effective treatment for migraine sufferers. In one often-cited study:
- 22% of participants reported that the frequency of their migraine episodes was reduced by more than 90% following chiropractic treatment
- 49% of participants reported that the intensity of their migraines was significantly reduced following chiropractic treatment
Other studies have also found chiropractic care to be as effective as daily migraine medication in reducing migraines—but without the side effects that typically accompany the medications.
We would love to tell you that in a single chiropractic treatment, we can make your migraines go away forever, but that’s not true. Unfortunately, people who are prone to migraines will always have to be conscious of their triggers, no matter what kind of treatment they receive. A person whose migraines usually follow a chocolate binge, for example, may need to stop binging on chocolate. Although many migraines sufferers experience tremendous relief with chiropractic care, they do still have to make healthy lifestyle choices in order to keep the migraine symptoms at bay.
Have migraines? Come see us at Loy Chiropractic
One of the advantages of working with Loy Chiropractic for migraine treatment is that you get a health partner who will help treat the root cause of your condition as well as alleviating your migraine symptoms. As part of his comprehensive approach to health and wellness, Dr. Loy will take a detailed history of your health and lifestyle habits, perform a thorough hands-on examination, and customize an effective personalized care plan to help support your whole-body wellness. Don’t be surprised if when you turn to Loy Chiropractic for migraine treatment, you find that not only have your migraine symptoms been significantly reduced, but also that your immune system is stronger, your sleep is better, and you have more energy.