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Understanding Migraines

Updated: Apr 13, 2023

Having suffered with daily migraines for years after a bad accident, I tried everything and it was Chiropractic that saved my life. So let's dig in to what causes migraines and why Chiropractic is so effective.


Migraines are a type of headache that can be debilitating and impact one's quality of life. They are often described as a pulsing or throbbing pain on one side of the head, accompanied by nausea, sensitivity to light and sound, and sometimes even visual disturbances. While the exact causes of migraines are not fully understood, there are a few known triggers, such as vertebral misalignments, stress, certain foods, hormonal changes, and environmental factors.

While there are several treatment options available for migraines, Chiropractic care has been found to be an effective and safe way to alleviate the symptoms and address the underlying causes. In this blog post, we'll explore the causes of migraines and how chiropractic care can help.


Causes of Migraines Migraines can be caused by a variety of factors, both internal and external. Some of the most common causes include:

  1. Vertebral misalignment: When the skull and upper cervical bones are subluxated, pressure is put on the brainstem/spinal cord and arterial blood flow. This limits nerve communication and oxygenated blood to the brain this can trigger migraines.

  2. Hormonal Changes: Hormonal changes during menstruation or pregnancy can trigger migraines in some people.

  3. Stress: Stress is a major trigger for migraines, as it can cause muscle tension and lead to changes in blood flow to the brain.

  4. Foods: Certain foods, such as aged cheeses, chocolate, and alcohol, can trigger migraines in some people.

  5. Environmental Factors: Bright lights, loud noises, and strong smells can trigger migraines in some individuals.

  6. Genetics: Migraines can run in families, indicating a genetic component to the condition.

Chiropractic Care for Migraines Chiropractic care focuses on the alignment of the spine and nervous system communication. Chiropractors use hands-on adjusting techniques to correct subluxations of the spine and improve the function of the nervous system. By doing so, chiropractors can support proper nervous system communication, with will alleviate pain and improve overall health and wellbeing.

For migraines, chiropractors use a variety of techniques to address the underlying causes of the condition. They may adjust the neck and spine to improve blood flow and reduce tension in the muscles. Chiropractors may also recommend changes to diet, exercise, and other lifestyle factors that can trigger migraines. Studies have shown that chiropractic care can be an effective treatment option for migraines. One study found that patients who received chiropractic care had a significant reduction in the frequency and intensity of their migraines. Another study found that chiropractic care was more effective than medication in reducing the frequency and duration of migraines.

Conclusion Migraines can be a debilitating condition that affects many people. While the exact causes of migraines are not fully understood, there are several known triggers, such as stress, certain foods, and hormonal changes. Chiropractic care can be an effective and safe way to alleviate the symptoms and address the underlying causes of migraines. If you suffer from migraines, consider seeking out the help of a chiropractor to improve your quality of life.


Contact us today with any questions and to get started on the process of clearing the system to correct the cause of Migraines.


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