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Chiropractic Treatment for Migraine Headaches

What are migraine headaches?

Everyone has had a headache at some point and we are all familiar with the throbbing feeling that can linger and really slow down your day. But there is more than one type of a headache, and chronic migraine sufferers will tell you they experience many other symptoms that can put a screeching halt to all activity for hours and even days. Migraines come with the throbbing sensation but also cause sensitivity to light and noise, nausea and vomiting, loss of appetite, and stomach pain.

Certain people with migraines may be able to predict the onset of an episode due to a trigger or early warning symptom, but the exact cause of migraine is unknown. Most theories acknowledge an interruption in either never activity, blood flow to the brain, or both. Because the precise origin of migraine headaches is unknown there is no known cure for a chronic migraine condition. Migraine sufferers are typically advised to avoid known triggers and get enough exercise and sleep. Over-the-counter meidacations help some find relief, but others report instant relief of symptoms followed by a "rebound migraine" the next day.

How can chiropractic help manage migraines?

Chiropractic treatment will not cure migraines, but it is one of the few ways to be proactive against migraines and help prevent them. In someone prone to migraine episodes a trigger can often be a misalignment, or subluxation of the spine. Migraines can begin with tension in the neck, but even patients without migraines find keeping their neck free of kninks helps improve frequent headaches. Dysfunctional vertebrae in the neck can caused increased muscle tension and interrupt the nerves that control blood flow to the brain. Chiropractic adjustments relieve the pressure and tension that results in headaches and keep the spine aligned to help it function at ist best.

Regular chiropractic care may help reduce migraine frequency, intensity, or both. Chiropractic focuses on improving the movement and alignment of the joints in the neck and spine which can result in less pain and better function.

Cell Phone Use Strains the Neck

As a society, we have all become more reliant on the use of cell phones and handheld devices. We stay connected and informed, but at what cost to our health? The amount of time you spend looking down at the screen on your phone or device strains your back and especially your neck. You may have even heard the term “text neck”, as the problem becomes more prevalent. We can make smarter choices about how to use devices every day, and reduce strain on our bodies without having to unplug and disconnect.

Looking Down Brings You Down

The average adult head weighs between 10 and 12 pounds, and neck muscles are meant to support the weight of the head in a neutral position. Looking down at a screen increases the strain on your neck as if your neck is carrying a lot more weight. Tilting your head forward just 15 degrees adds enough force to double the weight your neck is supporting, and the greater the angle, the greater strain. Many people who text with their chin near the neck are tilting the head forward 60 degrees, which increases the load to about 60 pounds!

Save Your Neck!

Starting with good posture will always reduce strain on your neck. Sit up straight with your shoulders lined up above your hips and your head upright. Hold your phone or device up higher rather than looking further down to see what is on your screen. If you work on a computer a lot, position your monitor at eye level to avoid looking up or down too much.

Stretching your neck is also important to reduce the risk of painful strain. When your neck muscles are strong and flexible, it is easier for you to keep go less likely to have a painful spasm.

You should make your technology work for you! There are mobile apps available that can alert you when your phone is being held at a bad angle for your neck. You can also set reminders on your device to take breaks from looking at the screen and to stretch throughout the day.

ReNew can help evaluate your mobility and muscle tone and help restore proper and efficient function! Call today!


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