“The Back Man” and “The Bone Setter” I have heard them all. When it comes to descriptions of my office, it is always interesting that they relate only to the musculoskeletal conditions that they think I am able to treat and little else.
The truth is that the expert care we provide in our office can help patients experiencing a wide range of conditions, including migraine headaches. Using all-natural, non-invasive, medication-free techniques, we as chiropractors or chiropractic physicians can help lessen the occurrence of migraine headaches, and may even help some patients avoid migraines entirely.
Defining Migraine Headaches
Around 25 million people a year in the U.S. experience migraine headaches, 75% of whom are women. Migraines also tend to run in families, with sufferers usually having their first attack before they reach 30 years old. Apart from this, the experience varies, with some people having several attacks every month, others perhaps once a year.
Migraines are very intense headaches that can be accompanied by nausea, sensitivity to light or noise, vomiting, and disrupted vision. Their duration may be a few hours to several days, and there is sometimes a precursory visual symptom known as an “aura” that alerts the sufferer of the coming attack. This aura may be experienced as flashing lights or a dream-like appearance to the world.
Often migraines are set off by exterior forces, known as triggers.
Below are several common triggers that have been identified:
- Neck pain
- Changes in sleep patterns
- Changes in weather
- Consumption of alcohol
- Allergic reactions
- Muscle tension
- Bright lights
Ready For A New Solution?
Chiropractic care has been proven to help alleviate the symptoms of tension and migraine headaches by improving and restoring normal postural patterns.
Chiropractic treatment is aimed at normalizing muscle tension, restoring joint range of motion, and stabilizing the body to reduce abnormal stressors. Optimizing postural control of the head and neck reduces the workload your muscles must apply just to keep your head up during the day. The proper spinal alignment and muscle control helps give the body a fighting chance of avoiding a headache brought on by tension.
We begin by working with our patients to help discover their migraine triggers. Knowing the cause of the pain can help patients control their condition and avoid triggers. By giving gentle but fruitful lifestyle advice, we as chiropractors help patients change the conditions that cause their pain. Changing sleep patterns, reducing of consumption of alcohol, eliminating a smoking habit or changing the lighting conditions at work or home can all help patients manage migraines and lessen the occurrence of these problems.
Additionally, chiropractic care restores function to the entire spine, ribs, and hips to maximize breathing, loosen tight muscles, release pressure and good postural control for optimal function. By improving overall function of the central nervous system, many chiropractors can help patients stay healthier and avoid some of the common migraine triggers.
We Can Help!
If you’re suffering from headaches and are tired of taking pain-relieving medication day after day, our expert team looks forward to helping you regain the quality of life back you desire – pain and medication free.
For Your Health,
Dr. Scott Van Dam