In a study published in the Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies, researchers found that migraine sufferers had increased muscle stiffness and myofascial trigger points in their neck muscles when compared to headache-free patients. Myofascial trigger points create a “cycle of pain” in which your migraine headache causes you to tense your neck muscles, which leads to knots and restricted blood flow to the muscles and up into your head. How can you break this cycle? Regular treatment with a chiropractor may be able to provide you migraine relief, and potentially prevent them from returning.
Migraine headaches are frequently misdiagnosed when the patient actually has tension headache or cluster headaches. If the ‘trigger’ is food / allergen related, then the only way to stop them is to eliminate the allergen from the diet or environment. When they are hormonal, as with women who experience migraines around their menstrual periods, this requires a detailed look at the hormone cycles in the body and how to balance them through diet and/or supplements. However, when migraines are related to biomechanical changes in the spine, this can be easily and effectively managed with Chiropractic care. Studies involving larger sample sizes show that patients with migraine can expect to experience a 68-90 percent decrease in headache severity by receiving chiropractic care.
If you suffer from migraines, make an appointment with one of our Chiropractors at Pure Healthcare today. It may be just the treatment you need to become pain-free!
Tali D, et al. Upper cervical mobility, posture and myofascial trigger points in subjects with episodic migraine: Case control study. Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies 2014.
Jahangiri JN, Vatankhah N, and Baradaran HR. Reduction of Current Migraine Headache Pain Following Neck Massage and Spinal Manipulation. Journal of Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork 2012; 5(1): 5–13.
Kuhn K and Cambron J. Chiropractic management using a brain-based model of care for a 15-year-old adolescent boy with migraine headaches and behavioral and learning difficulties: a case report. Journal of Chiropractic Medicine (2013) 12, 274-280.
Tuchin P, Pollard H, Bonello R. A randomized controlled trial of chiropractic spinal manipulative therapy for migraine. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics 2000; 23 (2) 91-95.