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What Causes a Migraine?

Many Americans suffer from migraines. Migraines are typically very painful and can sometimes result in a loss of quality of life. At Bloomingdale Chiropractic, we treat several patients for migraine headaches and migraine cause. Because this has become such a common problem for most people, we want to take a moment to really explain what causes a migraine headache and how we can help alleviate the pain cause by migraine.

First things first, here is the definition of a migraine according to Medical News Today:

A migraine is a severe, painful headache that is often preceded or accompanied by sensory warning signs such as flashes of light, blind spots, tingling in the arms and legs, nausea, vomiting, and increased sensitivity to light and sound. The excruciating pain that migraine cause bring can last for hours or even days.

While there are several causes of migraines, one of the most common causes is tension. Fortunately, tension-caused migraine headaches can be alleviated with chiropractic care and spinal manipulation. In a recent study by Dr. Peter Tuchin, a chiropractor for the past 20 years, 72% of the migraine sufferers used in the clinical trial experienced either “substantial” or “noticeable” improvement after a period of chiropractic treatment.

According to the American Chiropractic Association (ACA), there are a few things that chiropractors can do to help treat your migraine pain:

Dr. McClelland says your doctor of chiropractic may do one or more of the following if you suffer from a primary headache:

  • Perform spinal manipulation or chiropractic adjustments to improve spinal function and alleviate the stress on your system.

  • Provide nutritional advice, recommending a change in diet and perhaps the addition of B complex vitamins.

  • Offer advice on posture, ergonomics (work postures), exercises and relaxation techniques. This advice should help to relieve the recurring joint irritation and tension in the muscles of the neck and upper back.

“Doctors of chiropractic undergo extensive training to help their patients in many ways – not just back pain,” says Dr. McClelland. “They know how tension in the spine relates to problems in other parts of the body, and they can take steps to relieve those problems.”

If you suffer from migraines, call us to schedule a consultation or appointment.


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