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  • Writer's pictureDr. Thomas Harvey

Chiropractic Treatments For Migraines

Updated: Oct 14, 2022

Perhaps one of the most important amongst literally hundreds of stress relief benefits chiropractic care can offer would be what treatment can do for headaches and migraines. A migraine headache can be accompanied by visual and gastro intestinal-disturbances, both of these can improve with the aid of chiropractic cause. The cause of migraines remains unknown, but most experts agree that it probably stems from a problem with cranial blood circulation, or blood not flowing evenly to and from the skull.

Not only has chiropractic care been shown to be the safest and least expensive of migraine treatments, in many cases it is the only treatment available. While some studies have linked certain types of chiropractic adjustments to an increased possibility of suffering a stroke, it should be noted that getting rid of strokes drastically reduces that risk.

Even with the minimal risks involved, chiropractic care is inarguably the safest way to deal with migraine and associated problems. Alternative treatments for migraines may include heavy medication or trepanation, the latter of which is certainly not recommended and isn’t recognized as a legitimate medical procedure by most professionals in the field.

Cerebral autosomal dominant arteriopathy with subcortical infarcts and leukoencephalopathy (CADASIL) is a newly classified form of migraine, suspected to be related to genetic disorders or inherited from the parents. It is only one of many different types of migraines, though. Other types of migraine include basilar artery migraine (BAM) this is a type of migraine associated with such visual disturbances as vertigo, as well as decreased hearing and decreased levels of consciousness.

There may be a connection between BAM migraines and epilepsy, though there is still research to be conducted before this link can be considered conclusive. For BAM, unfortunately, chiropractic care will only aid in improving the senses and blood flow to the brain, as there is, as of this writing, no known treatment for the condition, though sufferers are recommended to avoid medication that would decrease blood flow to the skull.

Coital migraines involve headaches experienced during orgasm or intercourse thanks to the build up of pressure in the vertebral venous plexus (VVP) during intercourse. This affects the posterior circulation of the brain and can result in migraines. A chiropractic care professional will likely recommend proper exercise, diet and pre-coital stretching to combat and prevent this problem.

While, again, the exact cause of a migraine has yet to be determined to any significant degree, there is definite negative correlation in the amount of blood flowing easily to and from the brain and the occurrence of migraines. The goal of chiropractic care in the treatment of migraines is to prevent them by stimulating proper communication through the spine and nervous system and to address the accessory effects of a migraine (gastro-intestinal, vision related, blood flow, etc).

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