I'm one of the lucky ones. I've never had a migraine.
I've had headaches. But a migraine headache is a different condition altogether, and is best thought of as a "syndrome" instead of a single condition. The Migraine Research Foundation has collected some fascinating facts and statistics regarding migraines:
Many people fail to realize that migraine is a neurological disease, like epilepsy. Every 10 seconds, someone in the United States goes to the emergency room with a headache or migraine. Migraine sufferers visit the emergency room because of the severity of the pain or the fear of unremitting pain, drug reactions or side effects from headache medications, severe nausea or vomiting, dehydration, and/or stroke-like neurological symptoms that might accompany the headache.
Migraines are devastating. Most people who have had migraines have tried a variety of drugs, supplements, and alternative health care methods in order to rid themselves of these debilitating headaches. So you might be asking yourself: Can chiropractic affect a migraine headache?
Many people think of chiropractors as back doctors, but in reality we are facilitators of a properly-functioning nervous system. We move bones in your spine in order to affect the nervous system. In a similar way, medical doctors give you pills to put in your mouth to affect the cardiovascular system. The medical doctor uses the pill and your mouth in order to accomplish a different purpose; so too, chiropractors use your back in order to accomplish a purpose with the nervous system.
If a migraine headache is a neurological syndrome that affects the head, neck, and upper back, then it stands to reason that chiropractic should be able to help lessen the symptoms or even the cause of your migraine headaches. And, in fact, research bears this out. Visit our migraine headache page for a short list of the research which recommends chiropractic care for migraine and headache sufferers.
If you would like to try a low-force, gentle-on-the-head-and-neck technique of chiropractic care to affect your migraine headaches, consider looking into the Activator Methods chiropractic technique. Dr. Johnson of Johnson Family Chiropractic is your source for the Activator Methods technique in Peoria and central Illinois. Give us a call or send us an e-mail today.
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