If you are suffering from chronic headaches or migraines, you know they are one of the most painful and debilitating conditions.
A headache is also one of the most common illnesses in Australia, with around 15 percent of the population taking painkillers for a headache at any given time. Because headaches are so common, most people think they are part of normal life.
However, a persistent headache is a sign that something is wrong. The continual use of pain medication to combat headaches is akin to removing the warning light that alerts you to a problem in your car.
Migraines and headaches may be caused by spinal dysfunction. They commonly relate to problems with the neck. The resulting inflammation and tension in the joints, muscles and blood vessels at the base of the neck, transfers pain up into the skull.
o what can chiropractic do to help? By performing gentle and specific adjustments to the spine, we restore the normal movement patterns and function to the spinal joints, which removes physical tension from the spine and reduces stress on the inflamed soft tissues around it. Spinal adjustments can also have a direct relieving effect on pain by resetting the sensory nerve connection to the brain. So the benefit is a direct reduction of tension, decreased inflammation around the joints, muscles and blood vessels, and the progressive deactivation of pain signals to the brain.
A study published in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, (JMPT), showed that people suffering with migraine headaches were helped with chiropractic care. The study was conducted in Australia at the Chiropractic Research Centre of Macquarie University. In this research 177 volunteers were studied who had migraine headaches for over 18 years on average. Many of the participants also suffered from neck pain.
The average response of the group that received chiropractic care showed a statistically significant improvement in migraine frequency, duration, and disability. The study also showed that those who received chiropractic care were able to reduce their medication use, with a significant number reducing their medication usage to zero! Additionally, 59% had no neck pain after a period of two months, and another 35% had a decrease in neck pain.
There have been dozens of studies now that show similar positive outcomes for headache sufferers with chiropractic care.
Safe and Natural Way for Headache and Migraine Relief
If you are looking for a safe and natural way to reduce or eliminate headaches, including migraines, then chiropractic may be right for you. The approach employed by experienced practitioners at Gladesville Chiropractic Care focuses on helping your body to heal itself.
Migraine can be triggered by many things. There are dietary triggers like caffeine, or lifestyle triggers like sudden weight loss, stress, or lack of sleep, to name just a few. On your initial consultation at Gladesville Chiropractic Care, we will ask you questions about your diet and sleep patterns, what triggers the attack, and get to know your symptoms. Effective migraine therapy relies on our accurate diagnosis and a detailed understanding of your unique case.
Do you suffer from headaches or migraines? The answer may be simple. Come in and see what we can do.