How Chiropractic Helps Migraines

Migraine is a common disabling primary headache disorder. It is ranked by the World Health Organization as one of the top among all diseases worldwide causing disability. Migraine is a major cause of non-fatal disease-related disability, being estimated to affect about 12% of the Western population. The disease is more frequent in females and has its peak prevalence between the ages of 22 and 55 years.

Migraine can be divided into two major sub-types: migraine without aura (MO) and migraine with aura (MA). Hemiplegic Migraine (HM) was initially described in 1910 as a type of migraine consisting of recurrent headache associated with transient paralysis. It can manifest with various neurological symptoms that are indistinguishable from stroke or seizure. The common observation that migraine tends to run in families has long been the basis for suggesting that genetic determinants play a significant role in the disease.

Migraine is associated with increased stroke risk both during and between attacks, especially in women. Although acute stroke most commonly presents with hemiparesis, facial weakness and dysphasia, these symptoms can sometimes be the atypical presentations of other conditions which may be difficult to diagnose.

Medical treatment is based on case reports of effective treatment with certain drugs. Multimodal multidisciplinary care (exercise, relaxation, stress, and nutritional counseling) is also recommended for the management of patients with episodic or chronic migraine.

The neurobiological mechanism and the trigger behind the headache pain underlying migraine is called cortical spreading depression which also involve vascular changes. Current research suggests that the trigeminovascular system plays a significant role in migraine due to its critical interaction with the meningeal vasculature and because various neurotransmitters, peptides, receptors and transporters are located in this system.

It is this mechanism that is believed to be the reason why chiropractic adjustments to reduce the structural shifts that obstruct nerves associated with vertebral subluxation help those suffering with migraines.

The patient reported on in this study was a 36-year-old female suffering from hemiplegic migraines with numbness and paralysis on the left side of her body including her face for over 15 years. Medications did not help her.

The chiropractor examined her, took x-rays and found structural shifts in her neck, mid and low back. These structural shifts can lead to obstruction of the nerves and it is this obstruction, called vertebral subluxations, that chiropractors correct.

The woman was adjusted by the chiropractor and she experienced complete resolution of her migraines following care. The study’s authors called for additional research to investigate the clinical implications of chiropractic in this population of patients.

Have you considered chiropractic care to help with migraines and headaches? Many studies show the benefits of chiropractic care on reducing and preventing migraines. As a chiropractor in Murrysville, Dr. Aaron Tressler specializes in identifying and treating the cause of your problem. If you're looking for a chiropractor near you in Murrysville, please contact us or book online today.

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Resolution of Severe Hemiplegic Migraine Following Chiropractic Care for Vertebral Subluxation: A Case Report & Review of the Literature. Nikki McHenry, D.C. & Raisa Long, M.S., D.C. Annals of Vertebral Subluxation Research ~ May 7, 2018 ~ Pages 84-88

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