It's the third most common disease in the world, and roughly one in four households in the United States include someone with the condition. Migraines are more common than asthma and diabetes combined, and attacks can be utterly debilitating. Can they be effectively treated through chiropractic care?
Understanding the Impact of Migraines
For patients who suffer from migraines, it's no surprise that it's ranked as the seventh most disabling of all diseases, globally. The condition usually causes a throbbing, intense pain concentrated on one side of the head, extreme sensitivity to sound and light, and often presents with nausea. Women are more likely than men to suffer from chronic migraine, and pharmaceutical treatment options are meager. For patients who don't want to take powerful prescription medications on an indefinite basis or those who have not been able to find relief through medication, some may turn to chiropractic care. But is it effective?
Migraines and Chiropractic Care
A significant portion of patients who seek chiropractic care for the first time do so in hopes of finding relief from headaches, often migraines. While it's sometimes the last resort for patients who have exhausted all other options, clinical trials indicate chiropractic treatment can be quite effective. Patients reported a wide range of improvements, with reductions in duration, intensity and/or frequency of migraine episodes and improvement in the quality of life among the results. Because there is a wide range of techniques from which a chiropractor can choose when determining how to best treat a patient with chronic migraines, there’s not a universal chiropractic treatment for the condition. Instead, care providers are able to use all the tools at their disposal in order to provide a more tailored approach to pain relief.