Migraine headaches involve intense pulsing pain, usually (but not always) on one side of the head. They often manifest with visual and auditory disturbances and can be extremely debilitating. Theories are still emerging to explain the cause of these headaches, but it appears that there are many contributing factors. The good news is that despite the uncertainty of cause or mechanism, there are studies that suggest chiropractic care can reduce both the frequency and intensity of migraines.
Here are some comments from patients I have seen in this clinic who suffer from migraines:
“I was diagnosed with vascular restriction migraines years ago. The pain would get so bad it could cause me to black out. Between regular visits with Dr. Smith for chiropractic and Dawn McCallum for massage therapy, my migraines are almost just a bad memory. Thank-you!” ~Sarah Bourdon
“As a migraine sufferer, I have been getting chiropractic treatments since I was six years old. From my personal experience, I’ve found that it isn’t always easy to find a chiropractor that is best suited to you. When I first started seeing Dr. Smith, I was in quite a bit of pain with my neck, back and hips, and was suffering from regular migraines. I went in, got the necessary adjustments for about 2 or 3 weeks and after I began feeling better, I quit going. Quite a few months later I returned as I was once again in a considerable amount of pain and the headaches were back. Dr. Smith explained to me that the pattern I was following was quite common and that most people do not realize that by visiting a chiropractor on a more regular basis that you are saving yourself time, money and most importantly, health problems in the future. I now visit every three weeks for an adjustment and have noticed a world of difference! My headaches are not only few and far between, but I feel better in general.”
“In the past I’ve dealt with discomfort in my neck and shoulders, sometimes leading to headaches or migraines. I’ve relied on chiropractic treatments for years to help manage this successfully.” ~Kyle Larsen
I don’t pretend to have all the answers, nor do I think that chiropractic is good for every disease and condition. I do expect that our understanding of migraine headaches will continue to evolve as we investigate exactly what the causes are and what can be done to best treat them. In the mean time, if you haven’t yet tried chiropractic for your migraines, I invite you to do so. Maybe it will make a difference for you!