If You Suffer From Migraines, See a Chiropractor Today

If you suffer from migraines, you know that they’re much more than just a bad headache. According to the Migraine Research Foundation (MRF), migraines are the third most prevalent and sixth most disabling illness in the world.

Those who get migraines are often unable to work during their attacks due to incapacitating symptoms like vomiting and visual impairment. While this may sound troubling, there are ways to get relief. One of the most effective, and perhaps surprising, methods of migraine relief is chiropractic work. While the migraine may all be in your head, the answer could be in your neck and back.

Are you tired of going through the motions every time you get a migraine? You might be able to eliminate your migraines, or at least get them more under control, with the help of a chiropractor. At Vanguard Spine & Sport, we pride ourselves on our ability to help patients overcome obstacles, including migraine issues.

What causes migraines?

Unfortunately, there is no silver bullet when it comes to diagnosing a cause for migraines. Many doctors considered the constriction and dilation of blood vessels to be the main cause for years, but researchers have recently classified migraines as a neurological disorder, says the MRF. Nerve pathways and brain chemicals are now known to be involved as well.

Migraine triggers vary greatly, from emotional stress to strong smells or loud noises. Hormones level changes can also trigger migraines, and menstruation may be a reason that over 85% of chronic migraine sufferers are women.

Many migraine sufferers experience a phenomenon called ‘aura’ before their headache begins. Aura are visual, sensory, motor, or speech disturbances that many say help them prepare for the coming migraine.

Headache symptoms usually last from four to 72 hours. About two thirds of all migraines affect only one side of the head.

The chiropractic connection

As of now, there is no known cure for migraines. Treatments are designed to prevent full-blown attacks, alleviate symptoms when they occur, or both.

Chiropractic care for migraines centers around the idea that they’re largely a neurological disorder. The spinal cord is an important nerve center that may hold the key to both pain and relief. Although your spinal cord is protected by your spine, a small shift or even a dislocation in the bones and ligaments that support your spine may put pressure on certain nerves.

But by that same token, manipulating the spine and resetting areas of concern can alleviate migraine pain. For many patients, this type of manipulation, formally called chiropractic spinal manipulative treatment, can dull symptoms, prolong the period between migraine attacks, or nearly eliminate attacks. Some patients may need multiple treatments, returning from time to time to keep things in place.

Where can I learn more?

Don’t suffer through migraines alone! Chiropractic care may be the key to alleviating your symptoms. The team at Vanguard Spine & Sport in Houston, Texas know how to help you with your migraine symptoms. Whether you’re ready for an adjustment or want to ask the experts more questions, we’re here to serve you. Call or make an appointment online today!

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