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Chiropractic Care for Migraines

It’s estimated that 38 million Americans suffer from different forms of migraines. Sadly, the statistic also includes children. On a global scale, the number rises to a billion. As a matter of fact, migraines are among the top three most prevalent conditions globally. The sad reality is that a majority of patients are unable to function as normal when attacked.

Generally, migraines can be severely painful when they attack and the pain can be difficult to control. So, the best treatment approach for the condition has to be a preventive one. You need to stop it from occurring. Seeking chiropractic care is one of the few preventive approaches that you can seek.

What Are the Symptoms?

We’ve mentioned a severe and hard-to-stop kind of headache. It’s important, nonetheless, to know that the pain can be experienced either on one side or both sides of the head. Additionally, pain is usually throbbing. You may feel like your head wants to explode. Other symptoms that show up are:

  • Hypersensitivity to the sense of touch, smell, and taste.
  • Lightheadedness
  • Sometimes, fainting
  • Light sensitivity

In an extreme case, a migraine can result in partial paralysis. Most people experience warning signs (auras) before a migraine attack. They include signs like flashing lights, nausea, and blurry vision. This gives them roughly 30 minutes to either prevent the attack or find ways to minimize it. It’s generally important to know what you can do when you face the auras. You can talk to your doctor about it. But before that, knowing what causes migraines is the first treatment approach. This is because you are able to avoid contact with the trigger.

What Are the Causes?

Migraines can be triggered by so many factors and they vary from individual to individual. The commonest are:

  • Alcohol (more so wine) and caffeine-based drinks
  • Some food s (for example, chocolate, cheese, and salty foods)
  • Low blood sugar (especially after skipping meals)
  • A change in weather
  • Hormonal changes in women (during pregnancy and menstruation)
  • Some medications (for example, oral contraceptives)
  • Psychological stress
  • Sensory stimuli (for example, a strong smell or bright light)
  • Sleep issues ( either not sleeping adequately or oversleeping)
  • Intense physical activity

Researchers argue that the reason you experience a migraine attack after exposure to any of the above triggers is that your serotonin levels fall below the normal levels. As a result, insufficient serotonin is not able to control pain and other symptoms of a migraine attack.

What Are the Treatments?

We’ve already mentioned chiropractic care; which we’ll look at shortly. The other option is medication treatment. However, it’s important to know that migraine treatment can either be preventive or abortive. Preventive treatment involves taking daily prescriptions so as to reduce the likelihood of suffering a migraine and to also reduce its severity in case it attacks. An abortive treatment, on the other hand, refers to medications given to treat the symptoms once you are attacked. It’s meant to stop the migraine attack. The prescriptions have to originate from your doctor.

Besides medications and chiropractic care, other treatments for migraine are:

  • Nutritional supplements – Supplements such as vitamin D, Omega-3, and magnesium are important in treating migraines. Nonetheless, it’s advisable to first talk to your chiropractor or GP before taking any supplement for migraine management.
  • Acupuncture – In the case of alternative medicine, acupuncture is just as popular as chiropractic care. So, you can also consider the technique for migraine. It’s one of the oldest and most effective treatments for a range of illnesses.

What is the Role Played By Chiropractic Care?

When it comes to chiropractic care, it’s both a preventive and abortive approach. This makes it a great treatment. Normally, the objective of chiropractic treatment is to not only reduce the severity of migraine pain but to also minimize its frequency. In this case, a chiropractor will employ different manual techniques to try to address the migraine and other contributory factors such as muscle tension on the neck, back, and shoulders, neck stiffness, and postural issue. Some of the techniques that a chiropractor may employ to treat migraine are:

  1. Spinal Adjustments

Here, a chiropractor will target to restore motion ranges by gently manipulating the spine and its surrounding tissues. The technique is meant to bring relief to the spine and eventually to your head. You may feel some ‘off’ symptoms like slight headache and general tiredness. Such symptoms clear over time.

  1. Muscle Release

This technique is all about relaxation. It may involve some forms of gentle massage on muscle tissues. The objective is to clear muscle stiffness and tension. Tight muscle knots are also cleared. The technique is normally done on your neck and back. In the long run, the migraine is managed since its sources are shut by muscle release.

  1. Hot and Cold Therapy

When it comes to reducing the intensity of throbbing pain, a chiropractor may resort to this option. It involves using either hot packs or cold ice packs on the area. Some chiropractor may combine the two. The technique can be used before or after spinal manipulation.

In addition to the three techniques, a chiropractor may also recommend the following:

  1. Lifestyle Changes

By identifying the triggers for your migraine, a chiropractor may recommend a few changes in your sleeping pattern, diet, and workout routine. For example, if some foods are not kind to you, the chiropractor will assist you to find their alternatives. Simply, the expert may help you arrive at a healthy diet. Of course, you have the option of consulting your nutritionist. Furthermore, a chiropractor may also recommend home stretching exercises that you can do at home.

  1. Relaxation Techniques

The goal of relaxation techniques is to alleviate stress. Basically, a chiropractor helps you to find ways that you can manage anxiety at home. Some of the relaxation techniques that the expert may recommend are:

  • Meditation
  • Breathing exercises
  • Massage therapy
  • Yoga

Closing Thought:

Though there are different techniques that Dr. Dee at Healing Hands Chiropractic can use to treat migraines, the expert knows which one is right for you. So, you just have to trust them. you are guaranteed some amazing results in the long run. If you have been looking for a way to finally manage migraines, then it’s time to calling Healing Hands Chiropractic today!

Chiropractic Treatment for Headaches

Headaches are so common in the sense that two-out-of-three people in the world suffer from them. A headache can be frequent or occasional. It can also be throbbing or dull. Others are complicated by nausea, a running nose, and swelling. It all depends on the trigger or cause. You can suffer a headache because of an environmental stimulus like noise, unsafe light from a computer or a smartphone, and because of stress. You can also suffer a headache from driving, sitting behind a desk, sleeping on your tummy, and playing computer games for long.

Research shows that 5% of the headaches are caused by physical triggers. However, the remaining 95% of the cases do not have a specific trigger since a headache itself is the primary trigger. So, they are not associated with any other ailment besides a headache. A good example is migraines. Regardless of the type, studies show that headaches can be treated by chiropractic care. So that you may understand what the role that chiropractic treatments play in managing headaches, let’s briefly look at the headache types that are treated by the traditional practice.

Common Types of Headaches Treatable by Chiropractic Care

  1. Migraines

Migraines, according to most people, are the most severe form of a headache. The unfortunate thing is that they are not just painful but they are also characterized by symptoms like light sensitivity, temporary loss of vision, and vomiting. In addition, these symptoms are recurrent. There is no apparent trigger for the condition as they can range from foods to sleep patterns. Seeking chiropractic care is key to addressing the real trigger of your migraines and overcoming the condition.

  1. Cluster Headache

A cluster headache can be as severe as a migraine. Nonetheless, it doesn’t last as long as migraines and has the habit of recurring often. You are likely to experience one-sided pain alongside nasal congestion and tears. According to experts, a cluster headache is seasonal and may be mistaken for an allergy. The pain is usually associated with a misalignment of the cervical area and you need chiropractic care to correct it.

  1. A Tension Headache

Some people confuse tension headaches with migraines. Unlike migraines, tension headaches are generally the least severe. The condition won’t inhibit you from continuing with your normal routine. You also don’t suffer an issue like vision loss as it’s the case of migraines. However, it’s characterized by symptoms like poor posture and sleep interference. You need chiropractic help to address these symptoms.

  1. A Rebound Headache

Are you a painkiller addict? Then, it’s likely that the headaches that you experience most of the time are a rebound type. It occurs when you overuse OTC prescriptions such as Advil and Tylenol. The symptoms of this headache are similar to the withdrawal effects of alcohol. Chiropractic treatments will not only help you treat the condition but also to prevent it.

  1. A Sinus Headache

This type of a headache is characterized by a running nose. In a severe case, the face may swell. So, it’s generally a rough experience. The funny thing though is that once the swelling subsides or the running nose stops, the headache fades. Even though a salt water spray or a decongestant may help, you need to talk to a chiropractor about the right adjustment. The expert will advise you on the ideal treatment depending on your headache.

Headaches and Chiropractic Treatments

Headaches are among the most popular conditions treated by chiropractic care. Studies show that 10% of patients who visit a chiropractor do it solely to treat headaches. 90% of them are likely to see a reduction in their headaches. Dr. Dee at Healing Hands Chiropractic may perform any of the following practices to help you treat a headache:

  1. Perform a spinal manipulation technique on you: This is meant to try to improve your spinal function. The techniques will also target to alleviate the weight and stress that’s placed on your spinal system. They include:
  • Spinal mobilization – The role of this technique is to reduce oxidative stress. The stress causes damage to your body by triggering a headache, among other concerns. Therefore, a chiropractor will try to relieve the stressed spine by gently manipulating it using hands.
  • Maintenance care – This is meant to prevent a headache from recurring. In this case, a chiropractor will perform minor massages on the back of your head to help get rid of and prevent recurring headaches.
  • Muscle rub – This involves using a traditional remedy like cayenne to rub your tensed muscles. Cayenne helps to promote circulation and in the long run, treats and prevents headaches.
  • Essential oils massage – The chiropractor may also decide to use lavender oil, peppermint oil or any other essential oil to reduce your sensitivity to headaches. Using the oils, the expert will massage you gently on the head.
  1. Provide posture and workout advice: The expert will suggest physical routines like yoga postures that you can do to improve your body positioning and to relax at home. The routines will help to relieve muscle tension.
  2. Recommend a nutrition plan: The expert may suggest a change in diet, for example, a gluten-free diet, to help to prevent headaches.

Preventive Approaches

According to the American Chiropractic Association, there are a number of chiropractic practices that you can do to prevent headaches. They include:

  • Learn to take a break when doing something that involves long hours of sitting or long hours of staring at a screen. Whether it’s reading over the internet or typing for long hours, learn to take pauses every 30 minutes. This will help to stretch your head and to position it into a comfortable position.
  • Take at least 8 glasses of clean water a day to rehydrate your body. Since headaches are related to dehydration, you are able to counter the effects by drinking plenty of water.
  • Engage in low-impact physical exercises such as aerobics and walking.
  • Avoid clenching your teeth even when disappointed or angry as this stress your TMJ (temporomandibular joint). The Irritation of the joint easily translates to a headache.

Closing Thought:

There is no doubt that better chiropractic care is key to preventing and treating the most common headaches. Dr. Dee is well trained to help you get rid of the discomfort. They know the relationship between your spine and the head and so they are the ideal people to consider when either of the parts has an issue. If you been trying different treatments for headaches to no avail, it’s time you seek chiropractic help. Contact Healing Hands Chiropractic today!