Migraines can be more than just an occasional headache. For many people, they are a recurrent nightmare that seriously impacts their quality of life. If you’re one of the millions around the world who suffer from these life faulting headaches, you might be seeking alternate options rather than the usual painkillers and medications. One option that is growing in popularity for migraines is chiropractic care. But how exactly can a chiropractor help manage migraines? Today, Revelation Chiropractic would like to share how chiropractic care is helping many people find relief for these devastating headaches.
What are Migraines?
Migraines are intense, throbbing headaches that can last anywhere from a few hours to several days. They are often accompanied by nausea, sensitivity to light and sound, and sometimes visual disturbances known as “aura”. The exact cause of migraines is still somewhat a mystery, but it is known that they can be triggered by various factors, including stress, certain foods, lack of sleep, hormonal changes, and physical strain.
Chiropractic Care & Migraines
Chiropractic is a health care approach that focuses on the relationship between the body’s structure, mainly the spine and its function. A chiropractor performs spinal manipulations or adjustments to correct misalignments that could be putting pressure on nerves, causing pain and other health problems. The theory behind using chiropractic care for migraines is based on the understanding that migraines can be triggered by tension and misalignments in the neck and spine. By adjusting the spine and improving overall body function, chiropractors aim to reduce the frequency and or intensity of migraine headaches.
Can Chiropractors Really Help Migraines?
There have been multiple studies that suggest that chiropractic care can be beneficial for migraine sufferers. For example, in 2011 a systematic review published in the “Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics” found that chiropractic care could potentially reduce the frequency and intensity of migraines in some patients. Additionally, a study in the journal “Complementary Therapies in Medicine” also indicated that chiropractic spinal manipulative therapy reduced migraine days, pain intensity, and increased quality of life in adults suffering from migraines.
Chiropractic Care for Migraines; What to Expect
During your first visit, your chiropractor will take you through a health history report and perform a physical examination, with a special focus on the spine. They may also ask about your diet, physical activity, stress levels, and other lifestyle factors that could be contributing to your migraines. The chiropractor will then create a personalized treatment plan, which may include a series of spinal adjustments and other recommendations that can help you better manage your headaches. The goal is not just to treat migraines when they occur, but to help prevent them from happening in the first place.
Chiropractic Care & Therapy in Fort Collins, CO (Just Minutes from Loveland, Berthoud, Johnstown, Windsor and Wellington, Colorado)
When working with a chiropractor to help reduce and better manage your migraines, you may be able to finally find relief. However, if your migraine are due to a neck or spinal misalignment your chiropractor may be the last step you need to take in getting rid of migraines forever. If you want to see if a neck and or spinal misalignment is the cause or your migraines and are ready to seek treatment, contact Revelation Chiropractic today.