How Chiropractors Can Treat Migraines
Migraine sufferers are well aware that traditional headache treatments don’t work for migraines. Though changes in diet and lifestyle might have a slight impact on migraine frequency, the underlying cause of this condition is so poorly understood and inconsistent that treatment varies widely.
Fortunately, chiropractic therapies have been repeatedly proven to reduce the frequency of attacks and need for medication. The chiropractors at Associated Physicians Inc. use a time-tested combination of spine manipulation, movement, and stretching to manage migraines.
In conjunction with our hands-on techniques, we work with you to identify lifestyle habits that may be triggering your migraine attacks. Exercise, nutrition, and stress-management all contribute to how frequently migraines occur, but these changes cannot influence positive change alone.
Prevent migraines with proven chiropractic methods
Alternative therapies and chiropractic treatment can reduce the intensity and frequency of migraines, but research has only scratched the surface regarding a cure. Though not very helpful in terms of prevention, what we do know is that hormones, gender, and genetics have a lot to do with it. Many of our patients with migraine headaches report that they:
- Have a family history of migraines
- Experience migraines after a major change in weather, sleep pattern, stress, or nutritional habits.
- Experience spots in vision or an “aura” as well as numbness and confusion prior to headache pain
Chiropractic Can Provide Effective Migraine Relief
Did you know that less than 50% of people with migraines consult a physician? This disorder is both undertreated and poorly understood by the medical community. However, chiropractors know how tension in the spine relates to other parts of the body and have brought relief to thousands of patients worldwide. A 2011 study by the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics found that chiropractic care significantly improves migraine and cervicogenic headaches.
Our chiropractors are skilled at finding sensitive trigger points in the neck and upper back. By stimulating these areas, migraine symptoms can actually be induced. This type of diagnosis can reveal the cause of migraine symptoms within the cervical spine and muscles.
Regular spinal manipulation treatments, targeted massage, and multidisciplinary care involving exercise, relaxation, and dietary changes may be the answer to your migraine attacks. Contact our office to get started. There’s no reason to continue suffering.
Contact our Portland office today to find relief for episodic or chronic migraines.
Our manual therapies to treat migraines have brought relief to thousands of patients through the years, and we’re more than happy to help you find a solution. With chiropractic care within reach, why continue suffering? Make an appointment today. Our office is located in Southeast Portland. Just take exit 19 for Division Street off I-205. We’re on the corner of SE 168th, just past Baxter Auto Parts.