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Can Chiropractic Care Help Reduce Migraines?


If you’ve ever wrestled with a migraine headache, you know how brutal they can be. And if you suffer from chronic migraines, it can often feel like your whole life is put on hold every time those dreaded symptoms start up again. These types of headaches are particularly nasty because often, NSAIDs and other pain medications barely put a dent in the pain you’re feeling — or even worse, they don’t work at all.

While there is no singular treatment for migraines that works for everyone, many people are unaware that chiropractic care can be a valid treatment option — and one that they might not have explored. If you or a loved one deals with frequent migraines, keep reading to learn more about how you could benefit from chiropractic treatment for migraines!

The Scientific Basis

Want the cold, hard data on spinal manipulation therapy and migraines in the United States? A 2011 PubMed collection of medically reviewed studies lays it out:

“Evidence suggests that chiropractic care, including spinal manipulation, improves migraine and cervicogenic headaches.”

Chiropractic spinal manipulative therapy is specifically recommended for migraine sufferers. The same peer-reviewed studies found that spinal and neck manipulation has not been found to have a strong effect on people who have frequent tension headaches. However, it’s important to remember that relief of muscle tension in the spine and neck can help reduce overall back and neck pain for anyone, not just those dealing with migraines.

Further analysis of this nationally representative survey also indicates that certain exercises and relaxation techniques can be used to reduce back and neck pain. While these exercises aren’t directly used as a treatment for migraines, feel free to speak with a chiropractor about stretches and exercises they recommend to make your life more pain-free.

Spinal Health and Migraines

Since the most noticeable symptom of migraines is head pain, many people don’t assume that their spine or neck has anything to do with what’s going on. However, treating migraines via chiropractic care involves dealing with these very areas. So how does it work?

Your spinal nerves are directly connected to your brain. When a chiropractor performs spinal adjustments, he or she carefully manipulates these connections, relieving pinched nerves and other common problems. With the right combination of stretching, massage, and spinal manipulation, your migraine pain can significantly reduce or even disappear entirely.

Book an Appointment Today!

Are you considering chiropractic care to deal with your migraines? Community Chiropractic Center is ready when you are. Our compassionate and friendly experts want to help you get back to living life on your terms! Schedule an appointment today, and we’ll see you soon.

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