You may think of a migraine as a severe headache, but migraines are actually neurological incidents. A change or disturbance in your environment — such as hunger, lack of sleep, or stress — can cause some people’s bodies to overreach. Their systems have trouble dealing with the information and the brain responds with a migraine.
A migraine involves serious head pain, throbbing, light and sound sensitivity, nausea, and auras. You don’t have to experience all symptoms for a headache to be considered a migraine.
Conventional doctors often offer pharmaceutical treatments for migraines, which may be ineffective and/or have unwanted side effects. Chiropractic care offers a viable alternative that provides substantial benefits in preventing headaches. Research shows the treatment may also improve the quality of life for people who suffer from migraines.
When you come to one of our AllCare Chiropractic offices with symptoms of migraines, we perform a comprehensive medical history and exam to determine if you have joint dysfunction or muscle tightness that is contributing to your headaches. If other issues seem to be causing your pain, we may refer you to the appropriate medical professional for additional testing.
Although the exact cause of migraines is not fully understood, researchers widely believe they are due to abnormal pain signals that occur in the brain stem. Entrapped nerves, vertebral subluxations, or tension in the muscles and connective tissue of your neck and shoulders may be responsible for or contribute to these abnormal signals.
Headaches or migraines caused by pain from the bony or soft tissue of your neck are referred to as cervicogenic in nature. Inflammation and dysfunction in the cervical spine joints in particular are issues that may be addressed by chiropractic care.
Chiropractic care focuses on aligning the body properly to improve your function, mobility, and nerve communications. At AllCare Chiropractic, we use adjustments to optimize how your body, particularly your spine, functions. We use techniques such as spinal manipulation, massage, and active and passive exercise to ease tension, optimize range of motion, and put your spine in an ideal position.
Chiropractic is about more than just physical adjustments. The practice offers a multidisciplinary approach to migraine management.
We offer nutritional advice that can help you reduce instances of migraines. You may benefit from adding of B complex vitamins and avoiding trigger foods, which include chocolate, aged cheese, and some additives like MSG (monosodium glutamate.) While not everyone is sensitive to these or other foods, our chiropractors can help you figure out if you have such triggers and eliminate them from your diet.
We also provide advice on posture, including work posture, and relaxation techniques that can help reduce stress associated with migraines. We can teach you stretches and exercises that can offer relief, especially if you spend a considerable amount of time in a fixed position.
Adequate hydration and sleep are also key to keeping migraine episodes to a minimum.
If you suffer from migraines, drugs are not your only option. Call one of our three Maryland locations or schedule an appointment using this website to learn how you may find relief with natural chiropractic treatments.