Chiropractic Therapy for Chronic Migraines

Man suffers from migraine while sitting in bed

Experiencing a chronic migraine? Well, you’re definitely not alone. More than 4 million adults experience chronic daily migraines, with at least 15 migraine days per month. Some are occasional, while others are frequent. And they come with the most painful kinds of symptoms. What do you do when you’re experiencing a migraine? 

Do you wince, then continue to carry on? Do you lie down to rest? Do you rely on medication, hoping the pain will soon go away? There is a better, more effective alternative to reduce your migraine. A growing body of research shows that migraines are significantly reduced by chiropractic care – the only non-drug care known to have a positive impact on this debilitating condition. 

What are Migraines?

A migraine is a headache of intensity that causes severe throbbing pain usually on one side of the head. It’s often followed by nausea and extreme sensitivity to light and sound. A migraine can last anywhere from hours to days at a time. Some triggers are stress, physical overexertion, skipped meals and changes in your hormones. These triggers vary from person to person. Other triggers include:

  • Anxiety.

  • Bright or flashing lights.

  • Caffeine or caffeine withdrawal.

  • Loud noises.

  • Strong smells.

  • Tobacco.

  • Medicines.

  • A change in sleep patterns.

  • A sudden change in the environment or weather. 

Researchers even believe that migraines are rooted in genetics. Often, migraines are preceded by warning symptoms. A warning symptom known as an aura can occur with or before the headache. It can include visual impairment or other disturbances such as tingling in the leg, arm or one side of the face. It can also include difficulty in speaking. 

Migraines affect people of all ages and sometimes run in the family, typically beginning in childhood or early adulthood. Women are more likely than men to have migraines. The pain caused by this condition can be so severe that it interferes with your ability to perform daily activities. Not only can migraines take a toll on your job performance, but they can also create emotional distress on you and your family. 

Confirming one of its recent studies, The American Headache Society asserts that, when compared to episodic migraines, chronic migraines are associated with higher burdens. These burdens affect your job, financial status, relationships and emotional health, resulting in a much higher incidence of anxiety and depression.

Benefits of Chiropractic Therapy for Migraine Relief

Chiropractic therapy can be a very effective way to manage migraines and relieve pain. Receiving chiropractic care regularly can provide migraine sufferers with a safe, non-addictive alternative to medication meant to help manage migraines. Studies also show that chiropractic therapy helps to reduce the intensity and frequency of migraines. 

Chiropractic therapy is highly beneficial. It has the ability to target possible sources of migraine, as well as decrease or prevent future migraine pains. It’s more effective at preventing migraines than painkillers or other migraine treatments. 

According to the American Chiropractic Association, spinal manipulation is an effective headache treatment option for many sufferers. Also, a 2011 Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics (JMPT) study found that chiropractic care, including spinal manipulation, improves migraines and cervicogenic headaches. 

Chiropractic therapy has the ability to improve acute and chronic neck pain, which can decrease the sum of migraines you experience. Some of the health benefits chiropractic therapy can provide to migraine sufferers include:

  • Stress relief. 

  • A decrease in discomfort and pain.

  • Improvement in performance and physical function.

  • Reduced inflammation.

  • Relief from tension disorders.

Why Chiropractic Therapy Works

Spine misalignments might affect the flow of blood to the head. If there’s a compressed spinal nerve, or if the tension in the tissues supporting the spine irritates surrounding nerves that help control blood flow, a migraine may occur. 

Chiropractors provide therapy, known as a chiropractic adjustment, which reduces restrictions as well as spine misalignments and other joints. This is to reduce inflammation and improve function in the nervous system as well as the affected joint. 

As a result, your body is able to function normally, thereby reducing the risk of stress and tension buildup. This results in being able to better manage migraine pains.  

Stretching, body massages and physical therapy-type exercises can also help strengthen the spine’s supporting tissues. It especially helps with muscle tension relief. This mitigates the risk of tension-related nerve irritation. 

Also, if you experience other specific migraine triggers, chiropractic therapy can target and treat them, further reducing the chances of sudden migraine development. 

It’s important that you find an experienced chiropractor who can address a variety of issues. At Apps Chiropractic, we work to understand your unique situation and, together, find the root cause of your migraine. Start taking action to reduce the pain of your migraine — and potentially prevent them — once and for all. Make an appointment with us for a free consultation today!