Migraines are triggered by many different extremes, including changes within the environment. Extreme temperature changes, changes in light, and barometric pressure are all known triggers for migraines. People may also be affected by loud noises or strong odors. Many changes in the environment are out of the control of the individual. Chiropractic adjustments may be able to alter the structure of the skull, improving circulation and restoring sufficient blood flow to certain areas of the brain. This may reduce the frequency of the migraines as well as dramatically reduce their overall intensity.
Migraines can be the result of long stress-filled days or the buildup of chronic stress in the neck. Chiropractic adjustments can effectively reduce stress by repositioning the muscles and bones of the cranium and neck, increasing blood flow to the area and allowing tension within the muscles to gradually fade away. With repeated adjustments, the muscles and connective tissue are better able to resist the inflammation and tightening of the tissues. Maintaining sufficient blood flow to areas within the brain is essential if the goal is to reduce the risk of a migraine. Regular chiropractic adjustments can be used to maintain a natural balance that actually reduces the frequency of a migraine.
Migraines are not treated in the same way as a headache. A headache normally only lasts for a few hours and rarely returns in the same place or with the same intensity. Migraines, on the other hand, are triggered by specific types of stimuli. They can often be predicted days in advance. The pain is significant and is often very intense causing sensitivity to light and motion. Once a person takes a pain reliever for a headache, the pain will eventually respond to the treatment. Migraine pain does not respond well to normal headache treatments. In fact, most types of migraine pain must run their course with very few treatments bringing any type of relief.
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