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Migraines, Headaches and Adjustments, Oh My!

Got Migraines? Top 5 ways Chiropractic Adjustments Can Help

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Introduction

Migraine and its symptoms can be excruciatingly painful and can last for several hours and even days. As per the Migraine Research Foundation, it is the eighth most disabling disease in the world. approximately 38 million people in the United States suffer from migraine headaches, which is nearly 10% of its total population. Generally, it is very difficult to completely treat migraine and most of the available treatments are focused on decreasing the severity and duration of the headache.  On the other hand, chiropractic adjustments focus on identification of the root cause of migraine and its complete treatment. After back pain, migraine and headaches are the second most common disorder for which patients visit chiropractors. The top 5 ways in which chiropractic adjustments can help in the treatment of acute and chronic migraine and provide relief from it are as follows:

 

Proper Alignment

Misalignment of spine, which is also referred to as subluxation is one of the most common causes for migraine. When it becomes subluxated, it loses its proper alignment. This not only leads to muscle tensions and twitching but also impact the functioning of the nervous system. Chiropractic care helps in putting the spinal joints back in proper alignment and takes pressure off the nerves. This provides significant relief from migraines.

 

Reduce Nerve Irritation

Compression of the canal that holds the brain stem and the spinal cord results in migraine. Due to this compression, there is nerve irritation and inflammation which sends pain signals to the brain. Nerve irritation decreases the nerve impulse flow, which causes the body not to function at 100% of its potential. The chiropractic care adjusts the spine and restores proper balance to the nervous system. Manipulation takes the pressure off the nerves and reduces nerve irritation which provides relief from migraine pain.

 

Reduce Muscle Tension

Muscle tension is a condition in which the muscles of the body remain in semi-contracted state for extended time periods. It is typically caused by the physiological effects of stress and can lead to back pain and migraine. Tight and contracted muscles can lead to nerve pressure, restrictions of circulation, and can cause tension related headaches. Regular chiropractic adjustments help loosen the muscles and reduce muscle tension, which provides relief from migraine pain.

 

Restore Circulation

Reduced blood circulation in the brain is one of the major reasons for migraine. If the blood circulation in the brain is hampered and reduced, there can be severe consequences starting from dizziness, migraines and even strokes. Usually, the blood vessels are constricted and this reduces the blood flow to the brain. The brain detects this reduction in blood circulation and as a response, it tries to compensate this reduction by stimulating the widening the arteries of the brain. This leads to headaches and migraine. Chiropractic adjustments have shown results in improving the blood circulation and thereby helping in treatment of migraines.

 

Identify Triggers and Avoid Them

Chiropractors are highly qualified and trained healthcare practitioners who can identify the movements or painful areas and other stimuli which leads to migraine in the patients. Identifying these triggers which induces migraine, helps them to prepare a plan for the patients to avoid migraine.

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