A migraine is often incredibly debilitating, leaving sufferers nearly paralyzed from the pain. According to Migraine.com, “In the U.S., more than 38 million people have migraine disease, with some estimates suggesting that this number may be even higher, impacting as many as 50 million or more. Some migraine studies estimate that 12 percent of adults in the U.S. population have migraine, and 4 million have chronic migraine.”
Statistics show that:
- During an attack, 90% of migraine sufferers will miss work or are unable to function normally
- Migraines are the third most common and sixth most disabling illness worldwide
- Children who experience migraine attacks are twice as likely to miss school than those who do not suffer from migraines
Several warning signs can precede the onset of a migraine or headache. Common precursors to a migraine include increased irritability, depressive mood, and even mild hallucinations. Often, an increased sensitivity to bright lights and noise, as well as feelings of dizziness, will be felt in the moments leading up to a severe migraine.
Conventional medicine utilizes over-the-counter or prescription medicine to deal with the pain, but for many individuals, medication does little to treat the underlying issue. Prescription drugs do not address the source of a migraine; they only treat the symptoms. As a result, migraines and headaches recur. However, a whole-body, root-cause approach may provide significant relief where drugs are ineffective.
An abundance of evidence shows that chiropractic care can alleviate the symptoms of both headaches and migraines. Spinal realignment can allow the body to better facilitate its self-healing, which may significantly reduce migraine and headache symptoms. When the spine is misaligned, pressure is put on the sensitive nerves throughout the spine, causing irritation. Irritation reduces the body’s ability to function properly, and a cascade effect occurs that can include migraine and headache pain. Chiropractors are able to provide relief because of their in-depth knowledge of the spine and its relationship to the overall nervous system.
The type of treatment recommended will depend primarily on the source of the migraine issue. A holistic chiropractic clinic, such as Symmetry Chiropractic & Acupuncture, will work closely with the patient to identify the underlying cause of the migraines. The team of warm professionals at Symmetry Chiropractic & Acupuncture is focused on treating the source of headaches and migraines so that people can experience permanent relief without having to constantly resort to pain medication.
For over fifteen years, Dr. Timothy Erickson and the team at Symmetry Chiropractic & Acupuncture have provided compassionate chiropractic care for many different types of conditions. Family owned and operated, the practice offers a holistic focus for drug-free, non-invasive pain relief treatments and proactive wellness.