Headache & Migraine
If you have experienced chronic headaches or migraines, you don’t need convincing that they’re one of the most painful, debilitating conditions you could possibly suffer.
Migraine symptoms often include sensitivity to light and sound, visual symptoms and even nausea. Older theories suggested that symptoms were related to changes in blood flow to the brain. However more recently, imaging studies of migraine patients have attributed migraine symptoms to changes in the Basal Ganglia; part of the brain responsible for pain processing. (REF)
Correcting migraine symptoms often involves eliminating triggers, supplementing with Co Q10 and underlying musculoskeletal disorders.
Ref; molecular pain 2011;7:71 migraine attacks the Basal Ganglia
The most common headache (90%) of all is the ‘muscle tension’ headache.
Other types include sinus, cluster and cervicogenic headaches.
The most common areas people experience headaches are behind the eyes, the top of the neck, under the skull, through the sinuses, between the temples and at the top of the head. The way chiropractic helps is through improved flexibility and function of the neck.
Correcting the underlying biomechanics and function of the neck, sinuses, correcting posture and restoring flexibility are key in dealing with nearly every type of headache sufferer.
In one Macquarie University study the approach of correcting spinal imbalances in the neck and upper back with chiropractic care was tested in patients with chronic migraines (ref). The results showed that specific chiropractic adjustments decreased the severity of migraines in 72% of patients. The frequency, duration, disability and amount of medication also reduced.
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