Can Chiropractic Care Really Help Cure and Prevent Migraine?
A migraine is a moderate to severe headache, usually felt as a throbbing pain on one side of the head. Affecting as many as 1 in 5 women and 1 in 15 men, migraine attacks can be severley debilitating for the sufferer. Other symptoms can include nausea, vomitting, visual disturbances and increased sensitivity to light and sound.
- People can experience a debilitating migraine regularly or as often as once a week, with each attack lasting for up to 72 hours.
- It is estimated that the UK population loses 25 million days from work or school each year because of migraine.
- Severe migraine attacks are classified by the World Health Organization as among the most disabling illnesses, comparable to dementia, quadriplegia and active psychosis.\
Why Does Chiropratic Treatment Help?
In some cases, causes or 'triggers' of migraine, can be related to certain foods (cheese, alcohol etc) or environmental factors (light, sound, noise etc). But if you've ruled these things out, it can be wise to visit a Chiropractor to check your musculoskeletal system. Often, migraines are related to physiologocal factors such as poor posture, sitting at a desk for long periods of time, demanding physical activities such as carrying small children and weight-bearing jobs, as well as muscle tension caused by high levels of stress.
In a clinical trial, 82% of people suffering from chronic migraine and tension headaches, experienced substantial improvement after a course of chiropractic treatment.
- Migraine can be attributed to problems arising in the joints and muscles of the neck. Usually, it is in the upper part of the neck and at the base of the skull that the issues arise – anatomically this is an important gateway for the nerves and blood vessels to travel in and out of the skull.
- Migraine can be triggered by problems with the neck due to an injury, poor posture or long hours working at a desk.
- Migraine is often associated with high levels of stress. Today, more than ever, we are juggling demanding jobs with family life. Stress causes our muscles to tighten, affecting our neck and the base of the skull.
- Migraines can be hormonal or linked to a women's menstruel cycle. In these cases, women often experience higher levels of muscle tension triggering painful headaches that can be allieveated by chiropractic treatment of the neck.
- Teeth grinding at night can also cause migraine and tension headaches, because the muscles around the jaw and neck become very tight as a result.
"In the majority of people we treat here at The House Clinics, who are suffering with migraines and tension headaches, the root cause of the headaches is irritation of the muscles in the neck, caused by spinal misalignment and postural issues, or living with high levels of stress." Jonathan Cook (FCC DC)
How Will We Treat your Migraine?
An initial and complimentary consultation is offered to assess your symptoms and spinal alignment. We will then offer a recommended treatment which may include the following:
- Perform spinal manipulation or chiropractic adjustments to improve spinal function and alleviate stress on your system.
- Offer advice on posture, ergonomics (work postures), exercises and relaxation techniques. This advice should help to relieve the recurring joint irritation and tension in the muscles of the neck and upper back.
- Acupuncture/Dry needling (to relieve muscle spasm and pain)
- Massage therapy to alliviate immediate symptoms (This is also advised on an ongoing basis to alliviate stress)
- Heat or Ice treatment to alleviate inflamation, pain and muscle spasm.
Chiropractors undergo extensive training to help their patients in many ways beyond just treatment of the back. Their experts knowledge on how tension in the spine relates to problems in other parts of the body, enables them to treat and relieve those problems. Migraine is a common problem we treat here at The House Clinics, and we would love to meet you and help you too!
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