Chiropractic Treatment for Migraines from Optimal Health Chiropractic and Massage

While migraines and headaches are both disorders of the nervous system, migraines often present with symptoms that are not usually associated with headaches. For example, some people suffer from temporary vision loss before the onset of a migraine. Besides that, they might also feel nauseous or be extremely sensitive to lights and sounds. For many who have them, migraines can are completely debilitating, but the good news is chiropractic care from our chiropractor in Edmonds can help.

woman sitting in bed holding her head in pain from a migraine

Common Causes of Migraines

Migraines are often defined as an intense headache that involves a pulsing sensation or throbbing pain, usually on only one side of the head. In the United States, over 37 million people reportedly suffer with migraines, with about 2 to 3 million people suffering from chronic migraines. Statistically, more women than men get migraines and they are more common for people between the ages of 35 and 55. This type of head pain gets so bad for some, that they are forced to go to the emergency room.

While there is not an exact cause for migraines, some experts believe it has something to do with changes in the brainstem or serotonin imbalances. Many migraine sufferers have been able to identify specific things that trigger the onset of them. Some of the most common triggers include:

  • Hormonal changes
  • Lack of sleep
  • Certain foods and food additives
  • Strong smells
  • Increased stress levels

Unfortunately, even when some people are able to identify what triggers their migraines, they still end up having them on occasion. If you are someone who suffers with migraine headaches, you'll be glad to know that chiropractic care can help.

Chiropractic Care for Migraines

Many people who get migraines are so desperate not to have them that they turn to prescription drugs for relief. While these can sometimes be effective, they often come with negative side effects. Some of the most common side effects of these types of drugs include feeling sleepy, a racing heartbeat, and having difficulty thinking.

Some people who experience migraines on a regular basis have found chiropractic care to be an effective form of treatment. For some, getting the spine adjusted can offer immediate relief from migraine pain. For others, chiropractic adjustments can help to reduce the frequency of getting a migraine.

Massage therapy is another natural way of treating both headaches and migraines. Chiropractic care and massage therapy can also reduce dependence on prescription drugs, over-the-counter remedies, and muscle relaxers.

Get Treatment for Migraines at Optimal Health Chiropractic and Massage in Edmonds

If you suffer from migraines and are looking for an effective type of treatment that is natural and drug-free, please contact Optimal Health Chiropractic and Massage Clinic at (425) 361-1839.

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