Migraines

March is Migraine Awareness Month.
A migraine can stop someone dead in their tracks. Unlike other headaches, a migraine can cause someone to be hypersensitive to light, sounds,and smells. Many times people experience blurred vision, dizziness, loss of balance, vertigo, nausea, and vomiting. Some will experience an aura prior to the onset of the migraine . This aura is a warning. Many will hide for cover in a dark room before the migraine hits which is usually within 30 minutes of the aura.

photolibrary_rf_photo_of_woman_with_a_migraineTalk about interfering with your quality of life !

If you have ever seen anyone with a migraine, you know it is not a typical headache.

There is a change in the blood flow to the brain which causes the migraines. Why this happens in the first place is the $64,000 question.

In my near 30 years of experience of treating patients with migraines, there is typically a problem in the upper cervical portion of their spine. The misalignment/subluxation of the vertebrae in that area can directly effect the nerve and blood flow to the brain. Finding the area that is misaligned and making the specific adjustments can lead to less episodes and reduced frequency of migraines. Often times the episodes become a rare event rather than a normal weekly event.

Chiropractic is a drug free, safe, natural form of treatment for migraine sufferers.

If you are thinking of someone who is burdened with migraines, let them know there is hope. If they haven’t tried chiropractic, they haven’t tried everything.

Below is a segment from clinical trials done on migraine sufferers.

“Several clinical trials indicate that spinal manipulation therapy may help treat migraine headaches. In one study of people with migraines, 22% of those who received chiropractic manipulation reported more than a 90% reduction of attacks. Also, 49% reported a significant reduction of the intensity of each migraine.
In another study, people with migraine headaches were randomly assigned to receive spinal manipulation, a daily medication (Elavil), or a combination of both. Spinal manipulation worked as well as Elavil in reducing migraines and had fewer side effects. Combining the two therapies didn’t work any better.
In addition, researchers reviewed 9 studies that tested chiropractic for tension or migraine headaches and found that it worked as well as medications in preventing these headaches.
However, not all of these studies were good quality, and they varied in the techniques used. More research is needed to say for sure whether chiropractic can prevent migraines.”

Source: Migraine headache | University of Maryland Medical Center