What Every Patient Needs to Know About Chiropractic and Migraines

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If you suffer from migraines, you know the excruciating and, at times, incapacitating pain they can continually afflict on you. Additionally, you may suffer from migraines that have side effects such as dizziness, nausea, and sensitivity to light and heat. In short, migraines are irritating, painful, and something that can be very disruptive in your day-to-day life.

Perhaps you have tried every medicine on the market, from NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) to steroid injections from your doctor, yet nothing seems to be working to keep migraines permanently at bay.

Chiropractic care can offer headache and migraine treatment that is both natural and an alternative to medication.

Chiropractic and Migraines

What Is a Migraine?

Headaches and migraines are often thought to be the same thing; however, they are not identical problems. Headaches can be characterized by a tightening or tension of the whole head, whereas migraines are often only felt on one side of the head and are accompanied by dizziness, nausea, and sensitivity to light.

Furthermore, migraines can range in severity from mild discomfort to debilitating pain. For some, they are infrequent occurrences that are triggered by stress or a particular food; for others, they are regular and chronic, causing a regular disruption to normal life.

How Can Chiropractic Care Help?

Chiropractic care focuses on adjusting the spine, and re-aligning other joints in the body. A chiropractor will also assess exterior elements that may trigger headaches and migraines, such as diet and exercise plans.

Modern life has evolved rapidly with the advancement of technology. As such, many of us are leading increasingly sedentary lifestyles and are often working at our desks. All these conditions can lead to poor posture and repetitive strain.

Chiropractic treatment, therefore, assesses how your bone structure is aligned because this could be contributing to frequent migraines. If one area of your body is suffering from poor posture or repetitive strain, something else must take the weight of that and usually that weight is placed on your nerves. In turn, your muscles become tight, and this can generate pain elsewhere, such as in the form of a migraine.

As a chiropractor assesses your body, they can determine whether the source of your migraines is a misalignment in your body. If this is the case, they will use a course of non-invasive, natural treatment that uses manipulation of the spine and the stretching and readjusting of bones.

Manipulating your bones helps to align your body once more improving your overall nervous system. Many patients find their immediate pain is reduced significantly following chiropractic treatment and, over time, notice the frequency, duration, and intensity of their migraines lessen.

At Michigan Chiropractic Specialists, we assess our patients’ exact needs before implementing a treatment plan. In addition to spinal manipulation, we will also discuss potential triggers for your migraines, as well as your day-to-day routine so we can understand as much as we can about your condition. We may suggest nutritional counseling to eliminate triggers or pharmaceutical grade supplements to help reduce the side effects of migraines such as nausea and vertigo.