21 Jun How Chiropractic Care Can Help You Deal With Migraines
Chronic sufferers of migraine headaches deal with plenty of pain and restriction to the activities that make their life meaningful. According to Migraine.com:
- 38 million Americans suffer from migraines
- Almost 5 million suffer at least one migraine attack per month
- 91 percent miss work or can’t function normally during a migraine attack
- Almost half of all migraine sufferers have not been diagnosed
- 25 percent of sufferers have at least one or more migraine per week
With migraine sufferers using 2.5 times the amount of prescription drugs to ease their symptoms, it may seem like an uphill battle. But there is hope.
With June being National Migraine & Headache Awareness Month, your McAllen chiropractors at Hendrick Wellness Center would like to offer you a bit of insight on how chiropractic care integrated with other migraine treatments can help to ease some of the issues associated with these debilitating headaches.June is National Migraine & Headache Awareness Month. #BeAware #NMHA #DontSufferAlone Click To Tweet
About Migraines & Symptoms
Migraines – when compared to traditional headaches – tend to be more intense and severe. Additionally, while tension headaches tend to affect both sides of the head, a migraine will typically affect only one side. The pain caused by a migraine can be so acute that individuals may seek medical attention in an emergency room.
Alongside moderate pain, sufferers may deal with a number of other symptoms including:
- Pain behind one eye or ear
- Seeing flashing lights or spots
- Blurred vision
- Temporary blindness
- Extreme sensitivity to light and/or sound
- Tingling on the side of the face, arm, or leg
Migraine headaches may progress through four stages that include:
- Prodrome – This can occur a day or two before a headache begins and includes signs such as constipation, mood changes, increased thirst and urination, food cravings, and neck stiffness.
- Aura – A symptom that occurs before or during an attack, auras include flashes of light, blurry vision, muscle weakness, audio phenomena like hearing noises, uncontrollable spasms, or vision loss among other issues.
- Attack – At this stage, the individual is feeling the full force of the migraine. This phase may last between 4 to 72 hours if left untreated.
- Post-drome – Occurs after a migraine attack; you may feel drained, confused, elated, weak, moody, or dizzy.
The exact reason why migraines occur is not fully understood but there are a number of genetic and environmental factors which appear to influence the likelihood of them occurring. Researchers have found a number of factors that appear to triggers migraines, including:
- Work or home-related stress
- Alcoholic beverages or highly caffeinated drinks
- Hormonal changes in women caused by pregnancy, menopause, hormonal medications, or fluctuations in estrogen
- Changes in sleep pattern
- Intense physical activity
- Sensory stimuli such as sun glare, strong smells, or loud sounds
There are a number of lifestyle changes and coping tools that can be used to help you reduce the effects of migraines in your life. One such treatment is chiropractic care.
Chiropractic Care for your Migraines
According to the Migraine Treatment Centers of America, the results of chiropractic care on migraine headache have been studied in several clinical trials with favorable results. One such randomized clinical trial that highlighted the benefits of chiropractic care was undertaken by a Dr. Peter Tuchin, who had been a chiropractor for over 20 years.
The research, conducted as a part of a Ph.D. thesis, found that 72 percent of the 123 migraine sufferers studied experienced either substantial or noticeable improvement after a period of chiropractic care.
In another instance, a literature review performed in the early 2000’s by researchers at Duke University reviewing over 2,500 citations found that “a course of manipulation [chiropractic] treatments resulted in sustained improvement in headache frequency and severity.
Studies have a found a correlation between migraines and misalignments in the spine known as subluxations. These misalignments prevent proper communication between the brain and the body. When vertebrate shift out of position, the nerves and surrounding tissues can become irritated, leading to health issues that can include migraine headaches. Chiropractic manipulation can ease some of the effects of migraines by helping to correct these misalignments and improve the function of blood vessel function. Essentially, helping the body to heal itself through spinal adjustments.
Chiropractic care can mitigate migration frequency, intensity, duration, all while improving the patient’s quality of life. Because chiropractic care also helps improve posture, patients will feel less bodily stresses that can lead to additional strains on the neck and back muscles that cause migraines.
Last but not least, at Hendrick Wellness Center, we believe in a holistic approach to chiropractic care and will advise you on what lifestyle choices you can change to improve your condition. Poor habits, diet, and lack of exercise can all affect the likelihood of triggering an attack. We’ll provide you with a plan to help you get your life back on track.
Integrate chiropractic care into your migraine treatment plan with the McAllen chiropractors at Hendrick Wellness Center.
Chiropractic care in unison with your traditional migraine treatment plan can prove to be just what you need to get your life back. Not only does chiropractic relieve migraines but tension headache pain much more quickly and for a longer period of time in comparison to simply taking pain medicine.
Find the wellness and health you deserve with your local McAllen chiropractor at Hendrick Wellness Center. Contact us today to schedule an appointment and find relief from the pain.