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Symptom of the Week: Migraine Headaches

Migraines occur when blood vessels of the head and neck spasm or constrict, which decreases blood flow to the brain. Minutes to hours later, the blood vessels dilate (enlarge), resulting in a severe headache. Inflammation around the blood vessels also occurs in some cases.


Experts are now saying pills that people take to relieve headaches and migraines may be making things much worse! If used more than two or three days a week, they can cause medication overuse headache. Also, research has shown that any use of opioids or barbiturates increase the risk of migraines becoming chronic. This is even more reason to find a safe, natural alternative.

Chiropractic and Migraines

Research reveals migraine sufferers have abnormal nerve firings in the brain and spinal cord. This may be why chiropractic helps so many migraine sufferers and it dovetails with prior findings that headaches can be caused by structural distortions.

In one study chiropractic care resulted in a reduction of 90% of migraine episodes with the length of each migraine reduced by 38%. In addition, medication use dropped 94% and other symptoms associated with migraine such as nausea, vomiting, photophobia (light and sound sensitivity) were reduced.

In a six-month study, half of 127 migraine sufferers were given chiropractic care while the other half were not. Twenty-two per cent of the chiropractic group reported more than 90% reduction in migraines after two months and about 50% in the group reported significant decline in severity of migraines.

A trial was performed of 123 migraine sufferers, whittled down from around 1000 who applied after seeing a television program about migraine research. The group was divided into a treatment group who received chiropractic care, and a control group who were told they were receiving a form of electrical physical therapy. Seventy-two per cent of people in the chiropractic group showed either ‘substantial’ or ‘noticeable’ improvement after a period of chiropractic adjustments.

Everyone who suffers from migraines should have their spine checked!
Stop suffering and give chiropractic a try.


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