Migraine disorder is a neurological condition characterized by severe headaches and accompanied by symptoms such as nausea, difficulty speaking, dizziness, fatigue, and sensitivity to light and sound.
About 12% of Americans suffer from migraines, the sixth most disabling disease worldwide.
There’s no cure for migraines, but the condition can be managed. In this blog, our team of migraine experts at AllCare Chiropractic wants to share how chiropractic adjustments can alleviate some of the pain of migraines.
What causes migraines?
Many risk factors make you more susceptible to migraines. These include your sex, age, and family medical history and whether you have other health conditions that might raise your risk.
In addition, lifestyle factors and other situations can trigger a migraine attack. It helps to narrow down what might be bringing on your migraines to prevent them.
Common migraine triggers include:
- Alcohol use
- Changes in hormone levels
- Missing meals
- Too much or too little caffeine
- Changes in sleep habits
Certain medications can put you at risk for migraines, so monitor the side effects of any you’re taking.
Your AllCare provider might suggest you track your headaches and the circumstances preceding an attack in a migraine journal — several are available as smartphone apps — to help pinpoint your triggers.
Chiropractic care and migraines
Effective treatment for migraines can vary from person to person. Common methods include over-the-counter pain medications, cold compresses, and resting in a dark, quiet room. Increasingly, migraine sufferers are seeking chiropractic care.
Because migraines are often accompanied by neck pain, muscle stiffness, and jaw problems, chiropractic adjustments can be an effective way to help relieve your pain and other symptoms associated with migraines.
Chiropractors perform spinal adjustments or manual manipulation to reduce stress and improve spinal function. Chiropractic treatment might also include soft tissue therapies, including massage, myofascial release massage, and trigger point therapies.
Our expert team can help reduce the frequency and intensity of your migraines with regular chiropractic adjustments along with physical therapy and rehab.
We can also help you make appropriate lifestyle changes, including to your diet and exercise routine, to avoid your migraine triggers and limit the number of migraine attacks you experience.
While there’s no cure for migraines, chiropractic adjustments can help you reduce their impact on your life. To learn more about chiropractic care for migraine relief, call one of our convenient AllCAre Chiropractic locations today or use our online scheduler to request an appointment.