According to national statistics from the Migraine Research Foundation, 12% of the American population suffer from migraine headaches. When a migraine attack reaches full intensity, 9 out of 10 migraine sufferers are unable to work or perform basic tasks. In other words, migraine headaches are prevalent and debilitating condition. This is a big problem that requires a smart solution.
If you’ve ever suffered a migraine, you know don’t need statistics to tell you how bad it can be. Getting relief is all you can think about, and the symptoms can be very painful. What’s really amazing is that so many Americans (around 4 million) are chronic migraine sufferers who experience an average of 15 migraine headaches every month. For people like this, getting effective treatment is not a luxury but a necessity. Without it, their quality of life is greatly diminished.
Chiropractics is a treatment option that many people overlook—which is surprising, given the strong evidence in its favor. Several respected medical organizations, including the University of Maryland Medical Center, acknowledge the treatment potential of chiropractics for people who suffer migraine headaches.
How much potential does this treatment have? Studies show that over 1 in 5 migraine suffers, when treated by an experienced and professional chiropractor, see their attacks reduced by over 90%. Around half of all migraine suffers find that individual migraine attacks are less painful when they receive chiropractic treatment.
The effects of chiropractic treatment on migraine headaches have yet to be understood completely, and new statistics are becoming available all the time. What’s certain is that millions of migraine sufferers, with the help of a seasoned chiropractor, have found (and continue to find) tangible relief from this condition.
How Chiropractics brings relief to migraine sufferers
The most obvious thing people want to know is whether spinal adjustments and manipulations can improve the overall function of the nervous system, reducing the stresses and systemic problems that cause migraine headaches. The answer is yes, in many cases. Depending on your unique situation, a chiropractic expert should be able to perform adjustments that will improve spinal function and this reduce migraine-related problems in the head, neck and shoulders.
But it’s not just about spinal manipulations. Before administering treatment, truly reputable practitioner will make every effort to understand your migraine/headache condition and its underlying factors. The exact cause of migraines is not precisely known, but several common triggers have been observed. These triggers include alcohol, certain foods, emotional issues, hormone changes, bright light, odors, stress, sleep patterns, environmental factors, sleep patterns, and other factors.
Only after a detailed and informative conversation has taken place, and your overall health/wellness are taken into account, should your chiropractor proceed to lay out a course of treatment involving spinal adjustments.
Beyond spinal adjustments
Another hallmark of effective chiropractic treatment for migraines is a focus on wellness and measures you take in your daily life to prevent migraine attacks. No reputable chiropractor will simply perform a series of spinal adjustments and send you on your way. Look for an expert practitioner who offers nutritional insights, relaxation techniques, home exercises, and posture improvements that will add to your overall treatment plan. When you have the tools to consistently relax and sooth the areas of the body (neck, head, shoulders, back) associated with migraine attacks, you’ll be able to prevent more attacks and experience milder symptoms when a migraine does occur.
Putting your migraine condition in good hands
As medical science continues to understand the implications of chiropractic treatment for migraine headaches, more and more people who suffer this painful condition will seek out chiropractors for answers. That’s why it’s more important than ever to point people toward reputable, upstanding practitioners who have modern equipment, clear fee structures, and plenty of positive feedback from past patients. Relief is within reach!