How Spinal Manipulation May Help Treat Migraines

Chiropractic care relies on a combination of spinal manipulation, massage, and active and passive exercises to help treat a wide range of conditions. In recent years, research has shown that specific spinal manipulation when performed by a chiropractor may help treat migraines. With more than 39 million people in the United States and 1 billion worldwide suffering from migraine, finding effective treatment solutions that aren’t solely medication based are a must.

The tricky thing about migraine is, it doesn’t look the same in everyone. Migraine with aura, hormone-induced migraines, pregnancy migraines, and silent migraines are just a few examples. For some, migraine is brought on by changes in weather, whereas others have found that their digestive health or eating habits are to blame. Everyone is different, and there are many causes, so finding relief means finding a regimen that includes many pieces. 

Chiropractic Care for Migraine

Spinal manipulation and chiropractic care focus on the body’s alignment, moving and stretching different parts of the spine to ensure everything is properly lined up. When this alignment is off, it can cause migraine. Through manipulation, chiropractors have been able to ‘fix’ structural problems with the spine.

What the Research Says

Chiropractic care is a safe and noninvasive option to add to consider adding to your regimen.  Research has shown spinal manipulation is an effective treatment for many types of migraines and all tension headaches. In the United States, the majority of headaches are caused by muscle tension, usually in the neck. The benefits of an adjustment by a chiropractor are tenfold.

What is Spinal Manipulation?

Chiropractors are board-certified doctors trained to move and position the joints of the spine in a specific way, working to relieve nerve pressure, reduce inflammation and muscle tension, and improve range of motion and your overall mobility.

If you’re experiencing any of the below with chronic migraine, spinal manipulation when performed by a chiropractor may help:

●       Visual symptoms

●       Pain triggered by noise and lights

●       Migraine triggered by alcohol, caffeine, or smoking

●       Stress-induced migraine

●       Migraine caused by a hormone or vitamin deficiency

The Benefits of Spinal Manipulation

When it comes to migraine management and prevention, seeing a chiropractor and discussing the benefits of spinal manipulation may be a step in the right direction. When done correctly and intentionally, spinal manipulation can help alleviate stress on the body and improve spinal and nerve function, and as a result, may also help reduce the severity and frequency of migraine.

Some of the top benefits of spinal manipulation for migraineurs include:

●       Reduced pain in the neck, back, head, and shoulders

●       Improved flexibility

●       Can help with prevention of headaches and migraine

●       Reduced dependence on drugs and other medications

Studies have shown 75 percent of patients experience relief from migraine symptoms after just one week of chiropractic treatment. If you have additional questions or would like to learn more about how chiropractic care may help treat your migraine, call 203-840-0000 for a phone consultation.

Sources:

Pain Science – Does Spinal Manipulation Work?

Very Well Health – Chiropractic Therapy for Headaches and Migraines

Migraine Research Foundation – Migraine Facts

American Chiropractic Association – Headaches and Chiropractic