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More than 95 percent of all headaches and migraines do not have a specific cause and are classified as primary headaches. These headaches seem to be linked to abnormally tight muscles in the upper back and neck. Additional causes may include, noise, light, certain foods, waiting too long between meals and stress. The other 5 percent of have physical illnesses and diseases associated with them.
Migraines can be caused by minor misalignments in the spine, which place pressure on your nerves and can interrupt the signals sent through your central nervous system. These interrupted signals can cause migraines and severe head pain as well as light and sound sensitivity. Chiropractic care, specifically chiropractic adjustments can help alleviate the pressure on your nerves and facilitate the proper functioning of your nervous system, which reduces the frequency and severity of migraines.
Many individuals experience some relief after their first chiropractic adjustment. However, it may take several weeks and several sessions with our chiropractor before significant relief is noticed.
Treatment lengths differ, depending on the individual’s specific needs and the severity of their head and neck pain and their underlying causes and injuries. In younger people with very few underlying conditions and illnesses, treatment length can take anywhere from three to six weeks. In older individuals with health problems, arthritis and other underlying conditions, treatment can last a lot longer. Head and neck pain caused by whiplash, for example, can take up to two years to fully correct.
According to several studies done by the ACA, chiropractic treatments are about 72 to 90 percent effective at reducing the frequency of primary head pain and migraines.
Diet and lifestyle adjustments can also make a difference in reducing the number of migraines you experience. Certain foods can trigger migraines and head pain. Sitting in one position for too long is hard on the back, neck and head and can also lead to migraines and tension headaches. Our treatment approach typically involves treating your whole body, which means finding and eliminating foods that could be causing your migraines, improving the nutritional value of your diet, ensuring you get enough exercise and helping you maintain proper posture throughout the day.
If you sit as a desk all day, getting up once or twice an hour to stretch and walk around your desk can be helpful. If you are not drinking eight glasses of water a day, you should attempt to drink more water. Dehydration can cause migraines and headaches.
For more information on our migraine treatments, please call our office at 205-623-5782.