Ah My Aching Head: How Seeing a Chiropractor Could Ease Your Migraine Symptoms

Those who suffer from migraines understand that a migraine isn’t a bad headache. A migraine causes debilitating symptoms. A few symptoms include light sensitivity, nausea, and intense pain in your head.

Medications can sometimes help with some forms of migraine. It’s not a sure bet, though. For most sufferers, preventing migraines is as important as treating them when they happen.

Seeing a chiropractor for migraine treatment or prevention is one option you can pursue. Keep reading see how visiting a chiropractor could ease your migraines.

Relieves Tension From Misalignment

The exact nature of migraines remains only poorly understood. One possibility is that something triggers faulty behavior in the trigeminal nerve. Among other things, that nerve acts as a pain conduit.

Spinal misalignment puts pressure muscles and nerves. The tension that creates can trigger pain in its own right and may contribute to your migraines. Relieving that tension through an adjustment can help cut down on your migraines by eliminating a trigger.

The reduced pressure on the nerves along your spine or in your neck may also help prevent the faulty behavior in the trigeminal nerve.

Stress Relief

Stress is one a common migraine trigger for many people. Part of the reason for that may stem from the fact that stress itself can cause other triggers for migraines. Think things like sleep pattern disruptions or hormonal changes.

The cumulative effects of stress can also prompt poor posture and even chronic pain. A chiropractic adjustment can help relieve stress by relieving chronic pain.

When your body feels better, you sleep better and maintain better posture. Better sleep helps to relieve many of the stress-related symptoms that trigger your migraines. 

Placebo Effect

Seeking out chiropractic treatments for your migraines can also trigger the placebo effect. The placebo effect happens when you get relief even if the treatment doesn’t specifically address your condition. The classic example is someone feeling better after receiving a sugar pill.

The thinking goes that the simple act of seeking and getting “treatment” causes the brain to convince the body that it feels better. So, by visiting a chiropractor, you may feel better. It can work even if the visit doesn’t fix the root cause of your migraine, such as a disrupted sleep schedule.

Parting Thoughts on Seeing a Chiropractor for Migraine Headaches

Seeing a chiropractor for migraine headaches offers a lot of potential benefits with few downsides. The adjustment can help relieve tension, reduce stress, and reduce pain, all of which can limit your migraines. You may even experience relief through the placebo effect. 

If you already get treatment for migraines from another doctor, discuss your plan to visit a chiropractor with them first. It shouldn’t affect your current treatments. They know your medical history better and may provide information you should give your chiropractor.

Pro Active Chiropractic Center provides chiropractic treatment for many conditions, including migraines. For more information or to schedule an appointment, contact Pro Active Chiropractic today

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