What’s a migraine?
Contrary to popular belief, a migraine isn’t just a severe headache. According to the Migraine Research Council, researchers haven’t identified the exact cause of migraines, but believe that migraines are a neurological condition affected by nerves and brain chemicals, not a result of constriction and dilation of cranial blood vessels. This is why pharmacological treatment is often ineffective, as most migraine medications target those blood vessels. Also, migraines may have links to family medical history and environmental factors as well.
What are the symptoms of a migraine?
Migraine symptoms are characterized first by their debilitating nature. Most patients experience an extreme throbbing pain on 1 side of the head, although it’s possible for a migraine to affect both sides. In addition to the severe pain, patients may also experience blurred vision or see auras around people and objects. They may also suffer from nausea or vomiting and an extreme oversensitivity to sounds, light, smells, and even touch. Each patient has their own unique experience with migraines, and symptoms can vary both in occurrence and severity.
How does chiropractic help with migraines?
First, chiropractic is focused on improving the health of the nervous system. The doctors at Full of Life Chiropractic have dedicated their lives to studying the nervous system to identify subluxations and impingements that cause a patient pain. As a neurological disorder, migraines are often relieved by chiropractic adjustment and care. The doctors provide thorough examinations to migraine sufferers to identify the subluxation responsible for the pain. Patients may benefit from adjustments in the neck, spine, or even the jaw, as sensitive nerves run through these areas, taking vital information to and from the brain. The neck and jaw are particularly vulnerable because of the density of nerves. Many patients experience relief from migraine pain with chiropractic treatment.
Can chiropractic care prevent migraines?
Chiropractic care is an important part of any general wellness plan. The doctors at Full of Life Chiropractic don’t only provide wellness care to prevent any imbalances or subluxations from developing, but also support their patients to lead their healthiest possible lives. This means paying attention to any external triggers for migraines and taking steps to avoid them, whether the trigger is a certain food, allergen, or even fragrance.