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Migraines

The team at Balanced Body Chiropractic are experienced at addressing migraine causes and symptoms. Using chiropractic treatment, patients may be able to experience a reduction in their migraine frequency, pain and symptomatic relief from migraines. Chiropractic is a treatment option that may complement existing therapy and valuable for those seeking alternate management of their medically diagnosed migraines.

Migraines can interfere with daily life. Chiropractic care offers an alternative treatment choice for migraine suffers. Some types of migraine may respond to spinal manipulation, calming the signals the brain receives from the spinal cord and nerve so they are no longer interpreted as pain. 

Migraines and the Brain

A neurological disorder, migraines involve the neurovascular system – the body’s nerves, arteries, veins and lymphatics – in connection with the cerebral cortex. They are usually more common in women and can begin at a young age. Some migraines can be triggered by chemical, postural and environmental factors. Migraines typically affect one side of the head and can produce symptoms ranging from moderate to severe including: 

  • Recurrent throbbing headache
  • Nausea & Vomiting
  • Visual disturbances
  • Photophobia (light sensitivity), and
  • Phonophobia (fear of loud sounds).

Migraine Stages

A migraine has 5 stages;

  1. Prodrome: begins a few days to a few hours before a migraine. Symptoms range from irritability to depression, high or low energy, fatigue, sleep disturbance and nausea.
  2. Aura: a signal that a migraine is on its way, up to one hour prior. This can present as changes in vision, confusion or numbness and tingling in the face, neck or arms. 
  3. Migraine attack: lasts 4 hours to 3 days. Symptoms include throbbing, burning, nausea, dizziness, giddiness, sensitivity to light and sound.
  4. Resolution: 1-2 days after the painful migraine period. Sufferers begin to feel better, but may still experience, nausea, irritability and fatigue.
  5. Recovery: all symptoms of the migraine are gone.

Chiropractic for Migraines

Some migraines are thought to be caused by nervous system disturbances, which cause blood vessels to tighten quickly, followed by a rapid release. This quick change in blood flow and oxygen levels to the brain and nerves leads to a painful response by the cerebral cortex of the brain. The pain refers to the upper neck causing muscle stiffness and reduced neck mobility. Chiropractic manipulation of the joints of the neck may change the nervous system tone, influencing the neurovascular pathway to relax blood vessels and relieve the tension, pressure, neck stiffness and pain symptoms associated with a migraine.