Treating Migraines with Chiropractics

migraine relief

migraine relief

Do you think you might be one of the 29.5 million Americans who experience migraine headaches? That huge number comes from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (and some world estimates claim that one billion people a year suffer from migraines). Whether in developed or undeveloped countries, migraine sufferers report the same symptoms and describe the pain the same way. As might be expected, there are no cut and dried answers for causes or cures.

The most commonly described symptoms include: severe pain (usually on one side),nausea, pain behind one eye or ear, pain in the temples, seeing spots or flashing lights, sensitivity to light and/or sound, temporary vision loss, vomiting.

NSAIDs, Prescription Drugs and Botox for Migraine

Before turning to chiropractic therapy, migraine suffers will usually try NSAIDS first, then prescription drugs like Imitrex and may even go to Botox injections! None of these avenues are not always safe or effective.

NSAIDs can cause ulcers, severe bleeding, holes in the stomach or intestine and the risk of heart attack and stroke. These over the counter drugs can also harm the liver or kidneys.

Moving to Imitrex (sumpatriptan) side effects include flushing, feelings of tingling, numbness, prickling, heat, tiredness, weakness, drowsiness, or dizziness. More severe effects include blue fingers, toes or nails, cold hands and feet, hearing changes, mental and mood changes, chest, jaw and neck tightness, and vomiting. Also if a person takes migraine headache medications more than 10 days a month, rebound headaches can occur.

If really desperate the patient, will take Botox injections! Botox is a drug made from the same toxin that causes botulism. There is a possibility that the effect of botulinum toxin may spread to other parts of the body and cause botulism-like signs and symptoms.

Why would anyone choose any of these treatments when they have the option of natural, non-drug success with chiropractic medicine?

A comprehensive study that combined the results of 22 studies, with more than 2,600 patients in total, show that chiropractic treatment may serve as a good preventive treatment for migraines. Another trial found that 22 percent of people who had chiropractic treatment saw the number of attacks drop 90 percent. In that same study, 49 percent said they had a significant reduction in pain intensity.

Chiropractic medicine is natural and effective. It does not depend on NSAIDS or prescription drugs or botulism injections (!) but come to see the doctors at The Joint NC. Visit to know more aout our raleigh chiropractic services.