What are migraines?
Migraines are headaches that cause severe pain and other symptoms, such as mood changes, vision changes, and pain on only one side of the head. Women tend to experience migraines more often than men, and they may have a genetic component. They can be incapacitating to some people and cause lost time from work.
Migraines are caused by abnormal brain activity and is likely due to changes in the nerve pathways and brain chemicals that affect blood flow to the brain and the surrounding tissues.
What triggers migraines?
- Changes in hormone levels in women
- Sleep deprivation
- Exercise and physical stress
- Loud noises and bright lights
- Certain odors, including perfume or chemicals
- Skipping meals
- Exposure to smoke
- Withdrawal from caffeine
- Certain foods, including chocolate, fermented foods, and monosodium glutamate
What are the primary symptoms of migraines?
You probably know migraines as fierce, intense headache pain. But they’re often accompanied by other symptoms, such as:
- Light and sound sensitivity
- Nausea and vomiting
- Vision changes
How does chiropractic care help?
Subluxations, or misalignments, in the spine can compromise your nerve and immune function, potentially causing symptoms, such as migraines. By correcting mechanical dysfunctions in the vertebrae of the neck, chiropractic adjustments may relieve headaches and migraines. The adjustments can reduce muscle tension that irritates delicate nerves and the rate of blood flow into the head.
When will I experience relief?
Everyone responds to chiropractic care differently. You might find the frequency of your migraines decreases or that their severity diminishes. With regular chiropractic care over time, your migraines may disappear completely.