A migraine is an intense headache marked by throbbing, one-sided pain, often accompanied by nausea, vomiting and sensitivity to light and sound. Many patients experience chronic migraines and have difficulty predicting or preventing them. In fact, according to the International Headache Society, headaches such as migraines impact almost 40 percent of Americans. Migraines and tension headaches may be caused by muscle contractions in the head and neck region or expansion and contraction of blood vessels. Overall, migraines and headaches in general are highly complex, and there is not usually one perfect solution for pain. Indeed, there are over seven types of migraines recognized by doctors: migraines with or without aura; migraines with or without headache; basilar (balance-related) migraines; hemiplegic, or one-sided, migraines; and ophthalmoplegic, or eye-related migraines.
How can I treat my migraines?
There are various treatments for migraines based on their types and associated symptoms. While Botox injections, medication management and nerve blocks may work for some, chiropractic care offers a non-invasive solution to headaches and migraines. After analyzing the patient’s symptoms, a chiropractor may provide several solutions. These treatments include deep tissue massage, chiropractic adjustments and lifestyle changes such as diet and posture improvement. The chiropractor may suggest multiple adjustment sessions, with plenty of sleep, adequate hydration and reduced stress between appointments. Consistent chiropractic care for migraines can lead to reduced pain, discomfort and inflammation; stress relief; and improved mental and physical performance.