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Can Migraines Be Treated by a Chiropractor?

Chances are you have tried one treatment after another for this debilitating pain. You’re not alone – 37 million Americans experience aura, nausea, blurred vision, neck and eye pain in conjunction with migraines. Perhaps you’ve tried several pain pills to relieve symptoms. You may not have considered chiropractic treatment, though. You’ll be happy to learn that chiropractic care can help you manage the condition.

Can Migraines Be Treated with Chiropractic Care?

When migraines happen, vasodilation (the expansion of cranial blood vessels) sets in. This is different from regular headaches, where those very blood vessels become narrow (a process known as vasoconstriction). Any tissues that surround them become swollen, which can result in excruciating pain. Many people have such painful headaches that they end up vomiting.

Others have issues seeing clearly. The initial step towards treating migraines effectively is getting the right diagnosis. Chiropractic care will effectively treat all sorts of headaches, migraines included. Chiropractic care is centered around treating neuromuscular disorders. A chiropractor mostly works on the spine, manually manipulating it.

Misalignments or irregularities in spinal areas can result in muscle tension. They can also irritate nerves that control the flow of blood towards the head, triggering migraines.

Because back and neck pain triggers migraines, chiropractic care is growing in popularity for patients looking to minimize how often these headaches happen. They know that chiropractic treatment decreases the severity and duration of migraines. And although no cure exists, chiropractic treatment has been repeatedly proven to decrease the side effects of these headaches.

One study published in 2000 that evaluated chiropractic spinal manipulation manipulative therapy (a.k.a. SMT) to treat migraines revealed notable improvements, as far as how often their migraines came about. The length of time these headaches lasted, along with how disabled it left the sufferers, were also minimized with medication use. A second study involving participants who obtained chiropractic care as a migraine treatment revealed that the amount of headaches experienced decreased by 50%.

Chiropractic care is unique in the sense that it integrates several methods to target the migraine’s source, as opposed to the symptoms.

Chiropractic care for migraines is effective in several different ways:

Identifies what triggers migraines for prevention’s sake.
Strengthens muscles supporting the spine.
Unlocks the healing potential of the body.
Restores regular blood flow.
Minimizes muscle tension, which is a typical trigger when it comes to migraines.
Minimizes nerve irritation that transmits pain signals directly to your brain.
Restores correct nervous system interaction by way of proper alignment.

This begs the question – why doesn’t everybody who suffers from these kinds of headaches seek chiropractic care? To begin with, not a lot of people correlate chiropractic care with migraine treatments. They wouldn’t think to speak to this kind of specialist, perhaps assuming that chiropractors only treat back injuries and sciatic nerve pain. Chiropractic treatment can alleviate migraine symptoms that can debilitate you or put you on the sidelines for days at a time.

Also, many people are skeptical after failing to see immediate results and/or if results don’t meet expectations. For the most part, chiropractic care for migraines is an aspect of a bigger, multimodal method to managing the symptoms of migraines. For optimal efficiency, treating this kind of pain can be comprehensive and individualized. As such, a chiropractor will work with other medical professionals in order to determine what the right mix of treatments are for your specific migraine. That may involve physical therapy, nutrition, prescriptions, massages, and more.

If severe headaches are something you experience, and you are interested in receiving chiropractic treatment, contact our clinic today. Our experienced and licensed chiropractor is located in Delray Beach. Migraines happen to be a very common condition. Comprehensive and advanced solutions to treat them are offered by our chiropractic professionals. Begin your path to being pain-free by getting in touch with us today.