Migraine Treatments: Part 1

10 Jan 18

At Innovative Health and Wellness, we proudly help relieve many adverse effects of the conditions you deal with on a day-to-day basis. If you are one of the thousands of people who suffer from regular migraines, ocular migraines, or migraines with aura then consider trying some of our services! With multiple studies backing the relevance of our treatments in relation to preventing and helping the frequency of migraines, we’re not just blowing smoke.

If you go to a doctor and complain of migraines, they’ll prescribe pills for you, probably a couple different kinds, and then they’ll mention that “different things work for different people.” We’re sorry Doc, but this isn’t the 1950s anymore, and very few people nowadays believe in the mantra: better living through chemical dependency. As with any chiropractic practice, we’re looking to give you long-term solutions to long-term problems, Innovations Health is not looking to hook you on medication.

The Science

If you look at what’s often happening when you’re having a migraine, it’s kinda scary. It’s generally caused by estrogen and serotonin reacting with each other. In severe migraines with symptoms like loss of vision, numbness and loss of speech capabilities, the brain’s blood vessels are shrinking and mimicking a stroke. This is why all of the symptoms above are stroke symptoms, but you’ll be able to raise your arms above your head, and rest assured, you’re not losing brain cells, you’re just having a really bad day. Serotonin is that chemical in your brain responsible for widening or shrinking those blood vessels and depending on the concentration of estrogen, and the fluctuation of that concentration, it can set off the serotonin secretion to over-compensate and what results is a migraine. This is why women are far more likely to experience migraines. In men, it’s only the changing serotonin levels that are what causes this discomfort.

There are quite a few triggers for this reaction. But all of them are mostly guesses at what causes this to happen. The most reliable causes, which have been cross-referenced and studied are stress, mood swings, hormonal shifts, exposure to certain frequencies of light, smells, changes in sleep patterns, weather changes (mostly low-pressure systems coming in), and certain food and drinks like cheese and wine for example. However, all of these “causes” are like the pills you’ll be prescribed, they work differently for everyone.   

Chiropractic Migraine Management

From the above scientific discoveries, we can draw a few conclusions and make some connections. During the chiropractic process, we manipulate the tissues and components of your body by adjusting bones and joints; we can manipulate and help how the blood vessels function. Most patients find improved blood pressure after having chiropractic adjustments done, which directly affects how your blood vessels respond, and how much blood goes to your brain. This notion has been proved by 21 different studies, which with varying control groups, found that patients who sought chiropractic care twice a week for around eight weeks found an extreme improvement in their systems. The measured symptoms that found some resolution included the intensity of a migraine, duration, and frequency of the migraines.

Contact Us

If you’re having issues with intense or frequent migraines, contact Innovations Health for all of your chiropractic pain management needs here in Woodstock. We’d be glad to find a treatment plan that works for you and your specific symptoms. After all, how many times are you willing to suffer stroke-like symptoms that will almost certainly render your day completely unproductive?

Feel free to read more about hormone replacement therapy, which we’ll discuss in the next portion of this series, and chiropractic migraine management on our page.

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