Chiropractic Care and Migraines

At The Winchester Institute of Chiropractic of Health and Wellness, our Doctors see a multitude of many patients complaining of recurring headaches and migraines. Approximately 5 million people 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 typically respond well to Chiropractic manipulations and supplementation.

 Chiropractic manipulations improve the mobility of individual boney segments of the spinal vertebrae which takes pressure off the surrounding nerve roots. This allows the body to function at a greater capacity. The Chiropractic 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 spinal mobility. One study, of 127 migraine sufferers in Australia, found that those receiving 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 have proven Chiropractic care physically helps reduce the body’s reaction to stress.

 Along with Chiropractic care, adding vitamin D and magnesium to your diet has shown to decrease headaches. A study presented at the American Headache Society's Annual Meeting in 2008 found that approximately 42 percent of people with chronic migraines have vitamin D deficiency. Another study in 1991 found that people with too little vitamin D may be at risk for pain that isn’t relieved by most pain relievers. Vitamin D is also important for reducing inflammation. Migraine head pain may be related to inflammation in some migraine sufferers. Magnesium and vitamin D should be taken together to maximize absorption of both nutrients. 

At The Winchester Institute, we understand the benefit of using Chiropractic care in conjunction with other soft tissue modalities, such as massage therapy, manual therapy, fascial release, and muscle stretching, to maximize the healing process. Schedule a New Patient Appointment today to help you feel your best both inside and out.