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Forget the Drugs: Why You Should Consider All-Natural Chiropractic Treatment for Migraine Relief

Do you suffer from migraines? If so, you aren’t alone. According to the Migraine Research Foundation, over 39 million Americans and 1 billion people worldwide deal with the pain of migraines — the third most prevalent illness in the world. Nearly 12% of the US population experiences migraines, including 18% of American women. Migraines are often thought of as just bad headaches — in reality they’re far worse. The World Health Organization classifies migraines as one of the most disabling illnesses. More than 90% of those who endure severe migraine attacks are unable to work or function normally during an episode.

Treatments are available for migraines, but less than 50% of migraine patients ever consult a physician and a further 50% of those who do seek help are undiagnosed and undertreated. However, you shouldn’t let these statistics deter you — there’s a treatment option out there that can help you. If you’ve tried medication without success, chiropractic care may be the answer.

Are you curious to see if chiropractic care can help improve your migraine symptoms? Come see the team at Physical Medicine & Wellness Center of Northern Kentucky in Florence, Kentucky. Benton Dammel, DC, and Timothy Sargent, DC, work with you to create an innovative and customizable treatment plan to treat your migraines and their symptoms. Dr. Dammel and Dr. Sargent are highly skilled physicians and chiropractors who practice comprehensive, evidence-based care to help their patients achieve lasting relief.

What happens during a migraine?

At this time, doctors aren’t exactly sure what causes migraines. They do know, however, that genetics and environmental factors play a role in this neurological disorder. Many researchers believe that genetic flaws passed down through generations are to blame.

Nerves play a big part in migraines, with the trigeminal nerve, which supplies sensation (and pain) to your head and face, playing a central role. When this nerve is activated, brain chemicals including serotonin and calcitonin gene-related peptide are released. Researchers are still working to determine why these hormones wreak havoc on the neurotransmitters that cause migraine pain.

On Triggers

Migraines and many other types of headaches are often associated with the triggers that cause them. Migraines can be set in motion by any of the following:

Many patients suffer through prodrome symptoms, like constipation and neck stiffness, 1-2 days before a migraine. Others may grapple with visual disturbances called aura before or during their migraine.

Symptoms

Although doctors don’t know what directly causes migraines, the symptoms of an attack are well-documented and easily recognized. Symptoms include:

Migraine events can be as short as four hours or as long as three days. Additionally, many people who get migraines also have comorbidities, like hypertension and anxiety, that may worsen during an attack. 

Chiropractic care for migraines

After positively diagnosing you with a migraine disorder, our team works with you to create a treatment plan. We may use any of these conservative methods in your treatment:

All of these treatments are designed to relieve pain, reduce inflammation, remove stress, relax the body, and generally improve your migraine symptoms. 

Chiropractic care is a proven way to fight migraine pain. At Physical Medicine & Wellness of Northern Kentucky, we’re ready to help you overcome your migraine symptoms. Call our Florence office today, or request your appointment online.

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