If you keep getting headaches that are accompanied by other symptoms, you may be suffering from migraines. A migraine headache often starts as a dull headache that grows into a throbbing pain. However, you may also experience other symptoms like:
- Nausea and vomiting
- Light and sound sensitivity
- Distorted vision
Read on to learn more about migraines and how a chiropractic treatment can help.
What Causes Migraines?
Unfortunately, doctors aren't sure of the exact cause of migraines. It is suspected that people who get migraines a lot have some sort of miscommunication between the brain and the body's nervous system. While there is no one cause, a lot of people can pinpoint certain triggers that can set off symptoms. Some possible triggers include:
- Stress, anxiety, or depression
- Hormonal changes, like HRT therapy or menstrual cycles
- Poor posture or shoulder and neck tension
- Poor sleep
- Certain foods and beverages, like those with caffeine or tyramine
- Second-hand smoke
- Flickering lights or loud sounds
If you can identify a pattern in certain triggers, then you may be able to reduce your migraines by making lifestyle changes. For example, you may need to go to bed earlier to get better sleep, or you may need to cut certain foods out of your diet. You should also visit a chiropractor, as you may find that their services can reduce the frequency of migraines.
How Can a Chiropractor Help?
Some chiropractors offer Botox injections for migraines. Although you may have only heard of Botox for cosmetic treatments—like smoothing wrinkles—it can be used near the cervical spinal nerves in the neck and back of the head to relax muscle spasms and reduce headaches.
A chiropractor can also relieve your migraines with spinal manipulation. In fact, a 2011 study showed that spinal manipulation could help those with migraines. NCBI also had a study that showed that spinal manipulation was able to help a woman with a long-term history of chronic migraines. During spinal manipulation, the chiropractor will adjust your body to relieve nerve compression.
Besides spinal manipulation, your chiropractor can show you stretches and ways to improve your posture. Sometimes poor posture in the neck and back can trigger migraines. Your chiropractor may recommend ergonomic devices, like a cushion for an office chair, that could help you feel more comfortable.
You don't have to live with the pain of migraines. Contact a chiropractor in your area today for more information.