More than 38 million people in the U.S. suffer from migraine headaches according to the Migraine Research Foundation. This number totals more than those affected by diabetes and asthma combined. Although some people choose to relieve migraine pain with medications, chiropractic is a terrific, all-natural alternative that usually produces positive results for pain relief.
A study published in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics involved 127 participants ranging from 10 to 70 years old who suffered with frequent (at least monthly) headaches. Each participant received up to 16 chiropractic treatments. They reported their headache frequency, duration, and disability two months before the treatments began, during the duration of treatment (two months), and two months post-treatment.
The authors of the study discovered that chiropractic adjustments reduced the frequency, duration, and disability of the migraine pain when compared with the control group that did not receive chiropractic. In addition, those who were treated with chiropractic care were able to take less pain medication.
Another report found that a combination of chiropractic and neck massage reduced migraine pain by almost 68%. This type of treatment provides a much more natural approach to dealing with chronic migraine headaches.
If you have migraine pain and are looking for help, please contact Patrick Chiropractic at 919-790-2288 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Dale Patrick. We'll do our best to reduce, and possibly eliminate, your migraine pain.
Migraine Fact Sheet. Migraine Research Foundation. Retrieved from http://www.migraineresearchfoundation.org/fact-sheet.html on November 2, 2015
Noudeh Y et al. (2012). Reduction of current migraine headache pain following neck massage and spinal manipulation. International Journal of Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork;5(1):5-13
Tuchin P et al. (2000, February). A randomized controlled trial of chiropractic spinal manipulative therapy for migraine. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics;23(2):91-5