What is a Migraine Headache?

Cambridge ChiropractorMigraine headaches affect more women than men and about 15% of people at some point in their lives.  These headaches are pulsating and often on one side of the head.  They affect people for 2-72 hours and also often come with sensitivity to light or sound, nausea and vomiting.  Some people also get what is known as an ‘aura’ which is visual or sound disturbances before the headache occurs.

Causes of Migraine Headaches

Migraines are thought to be a neurovascular disorder, but the cause is likely to be a mixture of environment and genetic factors.  However, some of the triggers for migraine are:

  • Hunger
  • Menstruation
  • Some foods (e.g. chocolate, coffee or cheese)
  • Stress
  • Oral contraceptive pill
  • Fatigue
  • Indoor lighting or air quality

If some of these factors are ringing some bells with you, then the chances are you know that you have migraine headaches already.  If you are uncertain however, please book an assessment to find out.

Can Chiropractic Help With Migraine Headaches?

There is a lot of evidence for chiropractic improving migraine headaches (click here for an example).  Chiropractors use subtle adjustments of the neck and head, as well as soft tissue techniques to reduce the tension in the neck and head.  Lifestyle changes, nutritional supplements and medications can also help prevent migraine attacks.  In extreme cases, surgery is also an option, but as always, this should be a last resort.

What’s the Bottom Line?

Migraines can be debilitating and painful, but there are many things you can do to prevent them from happening as often.  Amongst other things, chiropractic can be very helpful.  Book your appointment now for a treatment.

Still Unsure About a Visit to a Cambridge Chiropractor?

If you live near Cambridge and have pain or other symptoms, or if you want to improve the function of your body, chiropractic is a safe and very effective solution.  If you are unsure whether chiropractic care is right for you, then you should consider booking either a first visit or a FREE spine check. During this time, the process of chiropractic care will be explained fully.  There is no obligation to continue with the visits.  To book, please call 01223 459240, book online or contact us.