There are headaches, and then there are migraine headaches. Migraines, which usually involve a severe throbbing pain on one side of the head, can often cause people to not go to work. The pain is often accompanied with nausea, vomiting, and sensitivity to both light and sound. And migraines can last many, many hours– days even! Centuries ago it was thought that evil spirits were the cause of migraines, such that people would drill a hole in the head to release them! Thankfully, there are better options than that these days.
How do you know a migraine is coming on? You may see flashes of light, blind spots or have a tingling on one side of your face– or even in your arm or leg.
Can chiropractic care help with migraine headaches? Yes. Chiropractors move, stretch and manipulate your spine in such a way that your overall health improves. Whatever is going “wrong” in your body gets relieved through chiropractic adjustments to it.
Studies have been conducted to find out how people fared with chiropractors attempting to relieve their migraine pain. One trial, in particular, found that 22 percent of people who received chiropractic care for their migraines saw a 90% decrease in the number of migraines they got. Nearly half– 49%– reported a significant reduction in pain intensity.
An Australian study found that stress brought on the majority of migraines. Chiropractic care was found to reduce the body’s reaction to stress, thus eliminating its need to form migraine headaches. That’s good news!
Interestingly, headaches are one of the major reasons people visit chiropractors– and you thought visits were just for bad backs. Chiropractors perform spinal adjustments; they may also advise you to do certain exercises to relieve tension in your neck, too. Some use heat/ice treatments or massage to further help alleviate symptoms of migraines.
Migraines may be caused by inflamed nerves. A chiropractor works to adjust the spine so it’s not out of alignment. Then your body heals itself– your nerves calm down. Vertebrae get realigned. The pressure is off, and since everything is seemingly connected in your body, your migraines go away.
If you suffer with migraine headaches, call New City Chiro at 863-940-3444 to make an appointment today.