Did you know that 37% of people in the United States suffer from migraines? That is nearly 13% of the population! Almost two million of the people who suffer from migraines have chronic, returning headaches that are hard to manage. While many people opt for medication to relieve the symptoms of migraines, there is a better alternative. Research shows that spinal manipulation – one of the primary treatments provided by doctors of chiropractic – may be an effective treatment option for tension headaches and headaches that originate in the neck.
It makes sense that manual manipulation of the body could affect the frequency and intensity of migraine headaches since physical activities like stretching and adjusting the bones, joints and body tissues can impact the way blood vessels function. Throbbing blood vessels can be the physiologic root of migraine headache, and improving their function can reduce or relieve migraine pain.
Utilizing Chiropractic Treatment for Migraines
Headaches are one of the top three reasons that adults in the US seek chiropractic care for. The results of chiropractic care on migraine headache have been studied in several clinical trials with favorable results. The evidence suggests that spinal manipulation improves migraine headache. A 2014 report in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics (JMPT) found that interventions commonly used in chiropractic care improved outcomes for the treatment of acute and chronic neck pain and increased benefit was shown in several instances where a multimodal approach to neck pain had been used. Plus, a systematic review of twenty one different research studies recently found that patients who received chiropractic care and spinal manipulation for migraine treatment 1x to 2x a week for 8 weeks saw a reduction in migraine symptoms. It was shown that with more chiropractic care, the frequency, intensity, and duration of migraines decreased and quality of life improved.
Integrating Chiropractic Care with Your Migraine Treatment
Chiropractic care and spinal manipulation has made drastic improvement in everyday activities of migraine sufferers. If you already see a specialist for migraines, speak with them about the benefit of adding chiropractic care to the treatment process. With a few weeks of consistent spinal manipulation, you should begin to see a difference in the frequency and duration of migraines.
Chiropractic care is an effective way to manage and relieve pain caused by migraines. Routine spinal manipulation with a trained chiropractor can provide patients suffering from migraines and tension headaches with a safe, non-invasive, non-addictive alternative to prescription medications or over-the-counter pain medications which are often prescribed.
Contact Dr. Mullinary to schedule a consultation to discuss migraine treatment and how chiropractic care can help with your migraine symptoms.