Helping patients get relief from reoccurring headaches and migraines is one of my favorite things to do. It still seems to be a secret to how effective chiropractic care can be in alleviating these common conditions.
While our patients that have already experienced headache relief will happily and enthusiastically refer others dealing with the same problem, most often we see a new patient that has come into our office for a different problem.
Even though headaches are very “common,” that in no way means that they are “normal.”
When I ask about any headache problems during the consultation, patients will say, “Just 2 or 3 per week, nothing out of the ordinary.” My response, “Two or three per week?! Don’t you consider that a problem?” Most often, the answer is “no.”
It has not occurred to them that having that many headaches may mean that something might be wrong. Even a weekly headache is not something to just live with. Headaches can be from tension, stress, chemical consumed or in the air, eye strain or allergies — just to name a few.
Headaches can also be due misalignments of vertebrae in the neck. These headaches, also called cervicogenic headaches, are very common. Just because they’ve become common in today’s computer and stare-at-your-phone world, that doesn’t make them normal.
Your typical headache gets very fast relief following a chiropractic adjustment, but migraine headaches do seem to take longer. Some relief or decrease in intensity of the migraine can happen pretty quickly but eliminating them all together is what takes the time.
While migraines may have lots of different triggers, if the trigger is mechanical in nature chiropractic can help. If the trigger is related to changes in the weather or nutrition, it may provide some relief but complete relief may or may not happen.
When we start care with a migraine patient, we are looking for any positive signs that chiropractic care is helping. Signs may include a decrease in the frequency or a decrease in intensity of the symptoms. Any signs, even temporary are positively indicating that once the vertebra learns to stay in the right place positive results should occur.
The bottom line is that you won’t know if chiropractic can help your problem unless you visit a chiropractor. We are happy to provide a free initial consultation to look for indications that we can help. We’ll talk about treatment options and help you make the best choice possible.