• Chiropractic and Migraines What Every Patient Needs to Know

    by Dr. Adam Meade DC
    on Apr 2nd, 2017

When it comes to common health issues, there is perhaps no more irritating and frustrating condition than migraines. Migraines seem to always happen when you are run down or under stressed and come not only with severe and debilitating head pain, but sensitivity to sound and light, dizziness and often nausea as well. No matter how hard you try it seems as though the only thing you can do to endure the pain of a migraine is to wait it out until it is over and try to manage the symptoms to the best of your ability with pills or medications. However, there is good news for those who suffer from migraines. Chiropractic care can help reduce the frequency and the severity of your migraines, meaning less time cooped up in bed and more time living your life.

Studies estimate that more than 25 million people living in the United States experience migraine headaches every year, with women being far more likely to experience migraines then men. Typically those with migraines experience their first headache before the age of 30, and many studies have found they are genetic. Many times, migraines come with a tight feeling in the neck and around the temples, also known as tension headaches. Many migraines actually start in the neck. According to a study by Duke University, spinal manipulation, or adjustments, result in almost immediate headache improvement and provided longer-lasting relief and less side effects than typically prescribed headache medication.

Studies have found that most migraines are caused by a small misalignment, or subluxation in the spine. When your vertebrae are misaligned in this way, it can actually cause the nerves and muscles to become irritated and inflamed. When you receive a chiropractic adjustment this misalignment is corrected and pressure is released off of the nerves.  This means your vertebrae are where they should be and that pain, stiffness, soreness and irritation is gone.

Chiropractic adjustments are not only great for helping reduce the severity of migraines, but regular chiropractic care can also help reduce the frequency of these migraines as well. What many people don’t realize is that their poor posture can actually contribute to their migraines. When you spend the whole day hunched over a phone, tablet or computer screen, you start putting some serious strain on your neck and back muscles, which can increase chances of getting subluxations and a migraine.

There are two important steps to determine whether you have subkluxations. First is a detailed exam and evaluation. The gold standard is adigital  x-ray motion study to see where you subluxations are in your neck and how to correct them.

There are also different lifestyle choices that can aggrivate your subluxations and trigger your migraines. Many studies have found that certain foods, lack of exercise and poor habits can all increase a person’s chances of getting a migraine and act as triggers for these headaches. Typical triggers include stress, anxiety and depression, fatigue, muscle tension and neck pain

If you suffer from migraines the schedule a time for a complete evaluation to dwetermine if you have subluxations and to help you adopt healthier habits that can change your health and your headaches for the better.

Author Dr. Adam Meade DC

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