A migraine is not just a headache, it can be relentless; an intense pounding and throbbing pain that can steal your energy and ability to function.
A migraine is the most common neurological condition affecting people of all ages, social classes, races and culture.
A clinical trial in Australia found that 75% of migraine sufferers experienced either ‘substantial’ or ‘noticeable’ improvement after a period of chiropractic treatment.
Chiropractic treatment appears to affect the changes in the function of the blood or nervous system in specific areas of the brain and chemical balances within the body have been related to the cause of migraine attacks. A subluxation, or misalignment in the neck can irritate the nerves that travel between the brain and the spine.
Migraine triggers vary but can include periods of stress, foods (such as chocolate, caffeine, processed meats, cheese, nuts, wine and many more) poor sleep, medication and or even hormonal changes. (e.g. menstrual cycle). For most people there is not just one trigger but a combination of factors which individually can be tolerated but when they all occur together a threshold is passed and a migraine is triggered.
Chiropractic treatment can help with many migraine precursors and symptoms, including reduced neck motion, muscle tension around the spine and shoulders, as well as helping correct any postural issues that may influence both migraine and tension headaches. Chiropractors can also offer advice on lifestyle issues, exercise, nutrition and managing stress.