If you are reading this, it may be because you are all too familiar with the debilitating headaches known as migraines. There are many over-the-counter and old wives ‘ tales for treating migraines. But, the best source of relief may come from your Chiropractor.
HEADACHE VS. MIGRAINE
While most people experience headache pain at some point in their lives, if you are a migraine sufferer, you know that there is a huge difference. Headaches can range from a mild, dull ache, to severe, throbbing pain accompanied by nausea. Headaches are easily treated, most commonly with an over-the-counter medication like Tylenol, Advil, or Aleve.
While many Americans suffer from occasional headaches, a migraine is not your ordinary headache. They are often intense, prolonged, and have debilitating pains. A migraine can take you out for one or several days. Migraines or tension headaches tend to be recurrent and typically affect one side of the head. They are often accompanied by nausea, blurred vision, sensitivity to light and sound, throbbing pain, vomiting, and other symptoms.
Migraines and tension headaches can be triggered by fatigue, poor posture, spinal problems, emotional stresses, medication overuse, or certain foods. Many individuals also show a genetic disposition to getting migraines.
CHIROPRACTIC CARE CAN HELP
Chiropractic care can be a great way to manage and relieve pain caused by migraines. This is because routine chiropractic adjustments to the upper portion of the neck, shoulders, and back can help alleviate pain and tension. An adjustment is a safe, non-invasive, drug-free alternative to over-the-counter or prescription medications.
Your chiropractor can assess, diagnose, and help manage migraine and tension heads. Studies have shown that manual therapy can be effective in treating the intensity and frequency of these painful headaches. Chiropractic adjustments reduce joint restrictions or misalignments in the spine and other joints. An adjustment can help reduce inflammation and improve the function of both the affected joint and nervous system. By increasing joint mobility and improving your nervous system function and spinal health, your body can better manage the pain caused by migraines and tension headaches.
CONTINUING MIGRAINE CARE
While Chiropractic care offers a great holistic approach to migraine tension pain and management, additional changes may be needed to continue improving the frequency, duration, and intensity of them. Changing your posture, reducing stress levels, and changes in diet can be effective methods.
At Olivieri Chiropractic and Regenerative Medicine, our medical practitioners also recommend an EB-H4 supplement. This supplement addresses the metabolic deficiencies of patients with chronic migraines.
To see if chiropractic care is right for your condition, the chiropractors at Olivieri Chiropractic and Regenerative Medicine are here to help. We offer an extensive chiropractic program in both our Marlton and Rio Grande office locations. Our chiropractors will perform a consultation and examination. Based on the findings, we may elect to co-treat your migraines and tension headaches with other healthcare professionals including massage therapists, physical therapists or other primary care physicians.