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For some migraine sufferers, chiropractic adjustments seem to help. In certain cases, the occipital muscles (muscles at the base of the skull at the back of the head) tighten and spasm, resulting in neck stiffness and possible triggering of migraines. This is especially true for tension and cluster migraine sufferers where adjusting the occipital may relieve the tension.
What is a Migraine?
A migraine is a severe type of recurring headache that can include symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, throbbing, and a sensitivity to light. Migraines can be debilitating and bring with them intense and frequent pain in one or both sides of the head.
Who is at Risk for Migraines?
Although all are at risk for migraines, they most often occur between the ages of 10 and 45. More women than men experience migraines, and they often times run in families. Although the exact pattern of events that lead to a migraine are undefined, most medical experts believe that they originate from abnormal brain activity, triggered by several factors.
What are Known Migraine Triggers?
- Changes in hormone levels
- Changes in sleep patterns
- Changes in caffeine consumption
- Physical stress
- Exposure to smoke
- Specific food allergies
What are Symptoms of Migraine Headaches?
- Eye pain
- Headache pain localized to one side of the head
- Tunnel vision
- Blurred vision
- Vision disturbances
Dr. Andrew Haig, lead chiropractor at The Joint in Glendale, Ca also adds, “These symptoms typically show up on one side of the head and have a duration of hours to days. In addition to intense pain levels, it is not uncommon for nausea and vomiting, photophobia (sensitivity to light) or phonophobia (sensitivity to sound) to be present. Some but not all migraine sufferers will experience an “aura”, a precursor feeling that may present itself as spots or flashes in the visual field.”
How Can Chiropractic Care Help with Migraine Relief?
Although aspirin or other medications can sometimes work at relieving a migraine, they can often increase symptoms if taken for multiple days in a row, and they are not helping the root problem. Dr. Andrew Haig states,
“Chiropractic adjustments can be of help to migraine sufferers. By adjusting misalignements in the upper cervical spine (neck), irritation to the nervous system may be reduced.” Dr. Haig continues, “If overactive nerves are triggering the migraine effect, then reducing the irritation may help to reduce the effect up-line.” He also adds, ” For some people relief happens quickly and for others it can take repeated efforts. No two people are alike. Again, there is no confirmed cure for migraines and chiropractic does not promote itself as a cure, rather a warranted help in the battle of dealing with migraines.”