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How Chiropractic Care Can Help Relieve Chronic Migraines

A chronic migraine is defined as having a headache on at least 15 days of the month. If you are one of the 3-5% of the population that suffers from chronic migraines, then you know how debilitating they can be.

All aspects of your daily life can be affected. It may also be very challenging to find an appropriate treatment to manage your migraines. Luckily there are options that don’t involve taking prescription medications. Chiropractic care may be the answer to keeping migraines in check.

Chiropractic Care as a Possible Treatment

Chiropractic care has been known to treat many conditions over the past one hundred years. Current evidence suggests that chiropractic care may even be effective in treating tension headaches, and reducing the severity and frequency of migraines.

Many medical professionals believe that migraine headaches involve issues related to nerve signals and blood flow. Irregularities or a misalignment in the spine can lead to irritated nerves which control blood flow to the head. This is where Chiropractic care comes into play.

Through Neuromuscular massage, better known as trigger point therapy, the chiropractor focuses on trigger points within the back, shoulders, neck and head to relax muscles, improve blood flow and relieve stress. This may ease symptoms of migraines by releasing pressure from compressed nerves that send pain signals to the brain.

With a solid treatment plan in place, you can strengthen the muscles in the spine. This leads to a decrease in irritation to the nerves. You may also be able to reduce muscle tension, which is a common trigger for migraine headaches. Additionally the chiropractor can advise on improved posture, exercises, and relaxation techniques all in an effort to more effectively treat chronic migraines.

Triggers for Migraines

Everyone has different triggers for migraines. To more effectively manage your migraines, you will need to identify your specific triggers.

Below are the most common migraine triggers:

  • Stress, the most common trigger of chronic migraines.
  • Changes in sleep schedule or irregular sleep habits
  • Hormones. Women are 3 times more likely to have a migraine than men.
  • Caffeine and Alcohol and other drugs. The negative effects they have on the body are countless.
  • Diet. When broken down, there are many foods known to prompt a migraine including MSG, chocolate, cheese, and artificial sweeteners.
  • Dehydration. Dehydration affects the body on many different levels, especially the brain.
  • Light. Natural, bright, fluorescent, or flickering lights are all triggers to people worldwide.
  • Smell. Some odors may activate certain nerve receptors in the nasal passages.

Again, everyone’s experience with migraines is different, but by identifying your particular triggers, you can take the necessary steps to avoiding future attacks.

For questions or more information on how chiropractic care can relieve chronic migraines, please give us a call today at (706) 860-3355.

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