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A Migraine Headache Can Make You Miserable!

Migraine HeadacheA migraine headache is high on the list of health problems that debilitate people around the world each year.There are several strategies that are helpful with a migraine headache that can be very effective. Migraines are normally divided up into two different types although many more subdivisions exist. These two main categories are ‘common’ and ‘classic’ a migraine.

Chiropractic treatment has been shown to be effective for migraine sufferers. The pain of a headache is normally one-sided covering half of the forehead and one eye, however, pain can also spread from the back of the head over to the eye or in some cases be located over both eyes. A common migraine, the most common type of a migraine accounting for 80-85% of attacks.A classic migraine, this type of a migraine accounts for about 10-15% of attacks with the typical throbbing unilateral headache as in a common migraine but is preceded by what is known as ‘aura’ or ‘prodrome’.

Can Chiropractic Treatment Help Migraines?

When researchers pitted real chiropractic manipulation against a “sham” version, they found both were equally likely to ease patients’ migraine pain. On the other hand, both tactics worked better than patients’ usual pain-relieving medications.

Experts in pain management stressed that no firm conclusions should be drawn from one small study. But they also said the findings raise some interesting questions: What exactly causes, and relieves, migraine pain? And even if a therapy works by placebo effect, so what?

“Ultimately, patients got better, on average,” said Dr. William Lauretti, an associate professor at New York Chiropractic College in Seneca Falls, N.Y. Traditionally, he noted, doctors have “looked down” on the placebo effect — a phenomenon in which people feel better after receiving sugar pills or some other phony therapy. See more here.

Identification of a specific trigger is essential in the management of the problem in a regular sufferer, with behavioral or lifestyle changes playing an important part in the treatment

Headaches and Chiropractic

If you have a headache, you’re not alone. Nine out of 10 Americans suffer from headaches. Some are occasional, some frequent, some are dull and throbbing, and some cause debilitating pain and nausea. What do you do when you suffer from a pounding headache? Do you grit your teeth and carry on? Lie down? Pop a pill and hope the pain goes away? There is a better alternative.

Research shows that spinal manipulation – one of the primary treatments provided by doctors of chiropractic – may be an effective treatment option for tension headaches and headaches that originate in the neck. A 2014 report in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics (JMPT) found that interventions commonly used in chiropractic care improved outcomes for the treatment of acute and chronic neck pain and increased benefit was shown in several instances where a multimodal approach to neck pain had been used1. Also, a 2011 JMPT study found that chiropractic care, including spinal manipulation, improves migraine and cervicogenic headaches2.

Headache Triggers

Headaches have many causes, or “triggers.” These may include foods, environmental stimuli (noises, lights, stress, etc.) and/or behaviors (insomnia, excessive exercise, blood sugar changes, etc.). About 5 percent of all headaches are warning signals caused by physical problems. The remaining 95 percent of headaches are primary headaches, such as tension, migraine, or cluster headaches. These types of headaches are not caused by disease; the headache itself is the primary concern. Read more here.

Chiropractic has been shown to help reduce the severity and frequency of migraine attacks in many cases, especially cases of common migraines, and we, therefore, recommend that you undergo a trial treatment.

Chiropractic Care and Migraines: What Every Patient Needs to Know

When it comes tohttp://www.webmd.com/migraines-headaches/news/20161011/for-migraine-sufferers-is-a-chiropractors-touch-all-in-the-mind#1 common health issues, there is perhaps no more frustrating ailment than migraines. Migraines seem to always happen when you are most stressed and come not only with severe and debilitating head pain, but sensitivity to sound and light, dizziness and often nausea as well. No matter how hard you try it seems as though the only thing you can do to endure the pain of a migraine is to wait it out until it is over and try to manage the symptoms to the best of your ability.

However, there is good news for those who suffer from migraines. Chiropractic care can help reduce the frequency and the severity of your migraines, meaning less time cooped up in bed and more time living your life. Studies estimate that more than 25 million people living in the United States experience migraine headaches every year, with women being far more likely to experience migraines then men.

Typically those with migraines experience their first headache before the age of 30, and many studies have found they are genetic. Many times, migraines come with a tight feeling in the neck and around the temples, also known as tension headaches. Many migraines actually start in the neck. According to a study by Duke University, spinal manipulation, or adjustments, result in almost immediate headache improvement and provided longer-lasting relief and less side effects than typically prescribed headache medication. Check full article here.

Chiropractic Care For A Migraine Headache

A migraine headache is painful, sometimes disabling headaches, which are often accompanied by nausea, vomiting, sensitivity to light, noise, and smell. These throbbing headaches usually occur on only one side of the head, although the pain can shift from one side of the head to the other. The pain also can occur on both sides at the same time.

Spinal manipulation with chiropractic care has been a lifesaver for some migraineurs, but it’s important to collaborate with your headache specialist before initiating chiropractic care. Your headache specialist may even be able to refer you to a chiropractor who specializes in treating patients with severe migraine headaches or you may call us here: (619) 831-8777.

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Author: Allison Yardley

Allison has 6 years in practice as a Chiropractor's Assistant and is a licensed Massage Therapist who writes for numerous blogs online. Feel free to comment or ask questions regarding any of Alley's blog posts.