Chiropractic for Migraine Sufferers
By Debra Rodzinak
A migraine is an intense headache usually on one side of the head that causes sensitivity to sound and light. Often those who experience a migraine will also suffer with nausea. It is reported by the U.S. National Institutes of Health that about 12 percent of Americans suffer from migraines.
A recent study reported in the European Journal of Neurology stated that patients who received chiropractic over the usual “pain-relieving medications,” found better pain relief. On average, patients ultimately got better with chiropractic.
The study also reported that of the three groups studied—chiropractic, pain medication, placebo—the chiropractic and placebo group reported a decrease in pain after three months and the chiropractic group continued to report a decrease in the number of migraine days per month a year later.
Beyond the study, many patients often use a combination of other tactics such as physical therapy, acupuncture, and exercise to help stabilize the neck and spine. Other changes to diet and lifestyle can also help limit the number of migraines per month.
Alternative Treatment Options
Heat and ice have been found to help relieve the immediate pain of a migraine, but for longer term pain relief and an overall decrease in the number of migraines experienced per month, several successful treatments have been found that do not involve drugs, such as:
- Physical Therapy
Physical therapy is effective if it addresses the root problem of the migraine triggers, such as a muscle spasm, joint mobility, or range of motion. For example, if a physical therapist finds that a neck joint is causing muscle spasms in the neck that triggers a migraine, the neck joint can be worked so that the muscle spasms disappear.
Acupuncture is the use of fine needles inserted into the skin of specific points of the body. The flow of blood is increased to the tissues and has been found to be an excellent treatment for pain. However, oddly enough, when treating migraines, the needles are not placed near the head but in the lower body.
Chiropractic is extremely effective in helping with migraine pain relief. By using gentle adjustments to the joints of the neck and spine, the chiropractors at The Joint can realign the spine to prevent muscle spasms in the neck and head that lead to migraines. If you suffer from migraines, drop by The Joint to create a treatment plan that addresses your specific issues.