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Is Chiropractic Effective for Headaches and Migraines?

Migraines affect 38 million Americans and are a leading cause of disability. Although studies about chiropractic’s efficacy and safety for migraine headaches are limited, a 2015 survey shows that 87.2% of chiropractors report treating patients with headache problems. 

What Is Chiropractic Care?

Also referred to as spinal manipulation, a chiropractic adjustment is a procedure wherein chiropractors use their hands or a small specialized tool to apply a sudden but controlled force to a spinal joint. Its goal is to improve our body’s physical function. In addition to headaches, people with low back and neck pain often seek chiropractic adjustments. 

There is no special preparation or requirements needed before your appointment. What matters is you choose the right chiropractors with experience, knowledge, and skills.

Chiropractic for Migraine: How Does It Work?

While experts are unclear on how the treatment helps with migraines and headaches, it is most likely because of its versatile approach. For example, reducing muscle tension can lessen overall musculoskeletal pain. That’s why you have to make sure that the expert you choose is not only a chiropractor for neck problems or shoulders or head. In other words, choose a versatile chiropractor.

Chiropractors perform spinal adjustments or manipulation to lessen stress and improve spinal function when treating migraine headaches. This treatment also involves:

  • Massage, including kneading of joints and muscles
  • Myofascial release massage is aimed at the membranes, which connect and support muscles
  • Trigger point therapies, which target tense areas within muscles

Moreover, The American Chiropractic Association (ACA) also recommends lifestyle management, including:

  • Making a lifestyle diet changes and taking supplements, such as Vitamin B complex
  • Avoiding heavy exercise and starting to walk and do low impact aerobics
  • Posture advice, such as sitting correctly at work

Other lifestyle suggestions are as follows:

  • Teeth clenching that can stress the jaw joint and trigger headaches
  • Encouraging patients to drink plenty of water every day to prevent dehydration that triggers headaches.

Chiropractic Care for Migraines in Pregnant Women

Experts recommend chiropractic adjustments rather than preventive medications for pregnant women suffering from migraine headaches. Unlike chiropractic, preventive drugs might affect the patient and her developing fetus.

While there’s little research on the use of chiropractic for migraine during pregnancy, a 2009 case study suggests that it may be safe and effective.

The subject of the study was a 24-year old pregnant woman who had experienced chronic migraine headaches for twelve years. She had previous unsuccessful treatments that included massage, physical, and complementary therapy. She also took a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug with codeine, resulting in temporary relief.

After chiropractor sessions and some additional therapies, her symptoms improved, and she became independent from medication. 

Choosing the Right Chiropractor

Your chiropractor is your partner in your spine, joints, and muscle health. You rely on their knowledge and expertise to assist you in recovering not only from your migraine headaches but also from an injury or other spine conditions. 

Here are some ways to find a chiropractic professional to ensure you choose the right one:

  • Ask for recommendations and referrals
  • Know the chiropractor’s credentials
  • Consider their experience
  • Read previous patients’ testimonials and reviews
  • Assess their communication style
  • Ask about their telehealth capabilities
  • Know what your insurance covers

For your chiropractic needs in the UK, you may reach out to The Neuro-Muscular Clinic. They don’t only have chiropractic adjustments for migraines, but they also have an expert shoulder pain chiropractor.

About Gigi

Gigi Collins is a food and culinary chef and a blogger who grew up with pizza. Gigi’s father owned a pizzeria served as Domino’s franchisee for many years and then helped other pizzerias with marketing. She made a newsletter about being a pizza advisor and discovered that people wanted to subscribe. That got Gigi considering expanding to a magazine.

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