There are plenty of statistics about migraines, but if you are one of the 39 million people in the United States who suffer, you already know how much they can affect your life. Migraines are the third most common illness in the world and the sixth most disabling illness. In the United States, 12% of the population suffers from migraines headache, and more than 90% of these sufferers cannot work or function normally during a migraine.
Many doctors prescribe medication to either prevent migraines or treat the pain. However, the side effects of these medications can be unpleasant, including nausea, fatigue, and racing heartbeat. In fact, as many as two-thirds of patients do not take migraine medications as they are prescribed. So, what is the answer for people who are struggling with this condition?
Fortunately, there are other forms of treatment available, many of which are not only effective but also contribute to the patient’s overall health:
Many people see their chiropractor for relief from migraines with chiropractic adjustments. In fact, the scientific evidence supporting chiropractic care keeps growing. A review of scientific literature evaluating migraines and chiropractic care found that regularly seeing a chiropractor was effective in treating migraines in as many as 75% of subjects. Instead of a single study with an encouraging outcome, this review looked at multiple forms of research to see if there was a trend. The science seems to point to chiropractic care as a very promising treatment for migraine pain.
When your spine is not properly adjusted, the nerves running from your spinal cord out to the body can be affected. It’s no surprise that this can impact your health in many ways, and migraines are just one of the possible results. Treatment that does not address misalignments will never stop the pain from returning. The goal should not be only pain relief, but wellness.