Chiropractic Care for Migraines?
As any sufferer can tell you, migraines are not normal headaches. According to the American Migraine Foundation, a migraine is a complex disorder that can include multiple symptoms beyond head pain. Nausea, increased sensitivity to light and sound, heightened irritability and confusion can all accompany the moderate to severe pain that is the hallmark of a migraine.
Migraines can be triggered by an outside influence, including the foods you eat or the activities you do, or can come on suddenly without warning, even while you are sleeping or doing a simple activity like climbing stairs or walking. Chiropractic care can help alleviate the pain and other symptoms felt by migraine sufferers in a natural, drug-free way. Using more natural methods to ease your migraines can cut down on both your medication cost and prevent you from suffering from the sometimes nasty side effects that can accompany medication. There are several ways chiropractic care can help migraine sufferers:
Cervical Spine Adjustment
Individuals respond differently to chiropractic care, but a study published in the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Medicine found that participants who received cervical spine adjustment reported a decrease in the level of migraine pain they experienced. The researchers concluded that spine adjustment can help with reducing the amount of pain patients experienced when a migraine occurred, but did not impact the frequency of migraines.
The team of chiropractors at Pro Chiropractic in Belgrade, MT can use a combination of cervical spine adjustments and physiotherapy to alleviate pain and other techniques to stop migraines from forming in the first place. Cutting down the number or frequency of migraines and reducing the pain when one does occur can improve the quality of life for migraine sufferers who visit the chiropractor.
Both massage therapy and trigger point therapy are used by chiropractors to treat migraines. Massage therapy is considered to be an effective way to treat migraines without resorting to using medication, according to a study published in the Annals of Behavioral Medicine in 2006.
Some types of migraines may be identified by the use of myofascial centers of coordination – properly trained chiropractors who offer the specialized treatment of Fascial Manipulation can reproduce the pain felt by migraine sufferers by compressing and treating key trigger points. Knowing where the pain is coming from can help your chiropractor come up with a personalized treatment plan for you. Dr. Jonathan Wilhelm, lead physician at Pro Chiropractic has been trained in fascial manipulation by world-renowned soft tissue experts.
Lifestyle and Dietary Changes
Since chiropractors choose a holistic, whole body plan of treatment, most incorporate lifestyle and dietary counseling into treatment plans for migraine sufferers, says the University of California- Berkley’s Health Services department.The top Bozeman chiropractors at Pro Chiropractic can help you alleviate your migraines by helping you identify what foods or habits are triggering your pain.
Something as simple as skipping a meal or not eating the right kinds of foods can trigger a migraine, and since ever sufferer is different, identifying your specific triggers is a great way to prevent migraines from happening. Common dietary triggers include caffeine (including both coffee and chocolate), raisins, papayas, chickpeas, alcohol, and some types of cultured dairy items like yogurt or cheese and foods that contain the additive MSG. Removing these culprits from your diet can help you combat migraines, and working with your chiropractor can help you identify your personal lifestyle and dietary triggers.
The chiropractors at Pro Chiropractic help people in the Gallatin Valley and surrounding areas and would love to serve you!
Jonathan M. Wilhelm DC, MS, CCEP, CCSP