Migraine affects over eight million people in the United Kingdom making it more prevalent than diabetes, epilepsy and asthma combined. The World Health Organisation recognises migraine as one of the most disabling lifetime conditions.
Are you or do you know anyone who is suffering with migraines? Headaches and migraines are one of the most common neurological problems presented to GPs and neurologists. They are painful and debilitating for individuals, an important cause of absence from work or school and a substantial burden on society. The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) recently stated that while painkillers would be many people’s instant response, they could be making sufferers feel even worse. The new guidelines for doctors in England and Wales advise telling sufferers to limit pain relief when and where possible.
So, what could be the cause of your headaches and migraines?
Although, some individuals find relief in medication, these pills merely mask the root cause of the headache/migraine and left unaddressed can make the condition a lot worse. People are often surprised to hear that Chiropractic treatment can greatly benefit individuals suffering with headaches and migraines. One of the main reasons as to why Chiropractic care offers such successful treatment relates to the alignment of the spinal bones (vertebrae) in the neck. Loss of normal function and balance of the vertebrae in the neck can cause irritation and inflammation of the spinal joints and often result in compression of the nerves that exit between the spinal vertebrae. These nerves monitor and control every organ, muscle and joint in the body and therefore compression can result not only in severe pain but also, changes to the function of muscles and other joints way before any pain occurs. This often results in pain into the base, sides and front of the skull leading to your headache. Chiropractors locate and treat areas of the neck that aren’t functioning correctly which leads to a reduction of symptoms in sufferers. Treatment restores spinal function, helps restore vital movement patterns, improves circulation and reduces nerve irritation. Many patients we see report fewer and less severe headaches and migraines with Chiropractic care.
What does the RESEARCH say?
“Cervical spine manipulation was associated with significant improvement in headache outcomes in trials involving patients with neck pain and/or neck dysfunction and headache.” Duke Evidence Report, McCrory et al. (2001).
The results of this study show that spinal manipulative therapy is an effective treatment for tension headaches. . .
”Four weeks after cessation of treatment, patients who received spinal manipulative therapy experienced a sustained therapeutic benefit in all major outcomes in contrast to the patients that received amitriptyline therapy, who reverted to baseline values.” Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, Boline et al. (1995).