A migraine. The type of recurring headache that denies the sufferer the ability to function with daily activities due to pain, nausea, and sensitivity to light. A type of headache dreaded by all humans and recognized as the #2 cause of disability worldwide. It impacts forty million people in the United States alone. Currently, approximately 16 million people that suffer from migraines in the U.S. are undiagnosed1.
The cause of a migraine is unclear. Family history plays a part, and women are three times more likely to experience a migraine than men. In addition, other medical conditions such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, sleep disorders, and epilepsy play a part in the condition.
Several factors trigger a migraine. These factors vary from person to person and can include:
Hormonal changes in women
Bright flashing lights
Some foods or ingredients (alcohol, chocolate, aged cheeses, and Monosodium glutamate)
Diagnosing migraines requires a doctor to rule out other medical conditions that could be causing the symptoms using blood tests, an MRI, or CT scan. While there is no cure for migraines, treatment focuses on relieving symptoms and preventing additional attacks. Treatment includes lifestyle changes, understanding your triggers, or hormone therapy.
How routine chiropractic care can help.
Routine chiropractic care can provide patients suffering from migraines with a safe, non-invasive, non-addictive alternative to prescription medications or over-the-counter drugs. An Applied Kinesiologist and Chiropractor can work with a patient to reduce joint restrictions or misalignments of the spine in the body to improve function for both the joint and nervous system. This type of treatment can also offer relief from tension and stress disorders. By doing this, the body can better manage the pain caused by migraines. A D.C. may also be able to recommend vitamins and supplements and dietary guidance to reduce the frequency and severity of migraines.
To find out if applied kinesiology and chiropractic care is right for you or a loved one, please reach out to Sentinel Health and Wellness to schedule an appointment at 678-400-4299.