At the Winchester Institute of Chiropractic, our doctors see a multitude of patients complaining of recurring headaches and migraines. Almost 5 million in the U.S. experience at least one migraine attack per month, while more than 11 million people blame migraines for causing moderate to severe disability. Migraines occur most often in women; 18 percent of women experience migraines compared to 6 percent of men. In the U.S., more than 37 million people suffer from migraines. Headaches and migraines are an all too common complaint. The good news is they are treatable with chiropractic manipulations and supplementation.
Chiropractic manipulations improve mobility of individual boney segments which in turn takes pressure off the surround nerve roots. This allows the body to function at a greater capacity. The adjustments work to restore blood flow to areas where it has been cut off. The effects of the chiropractic manipulations are; reduced stress and muscle tension, better blood and nerve flow and increased mobility. This is how adjustments are able to decrease the frequency and severity of headaches and migraines. One study, of 127 migraine sufferers, in Australia found that those that received chiropractic treatment had fewer attacks and needed to take less medication. The 1999 study found that more than 80 percent of the patients blamed stress for leading to their migraine attacks. Therefore researchers believe chiropractic care might physically help reduce the body’s reaction to stress.