We’ve discussed the connection between neck and back pain, the causes of said pain, and how chiropractic care can help manage or relieve that pain. However, there are other pain centers in the body that need to be addressed. This time we’ll be going above the neck to discuss a different kind of pain; migraines. More than 35 million Americans suffer from migraines. Furthermore, about 1 out of 5 men and nearly half of women will experience migraine headaches in their lifetime.
Many chiropractors have patients that suffer from migraines. So, what is it about migraine sufferers that leads them to seek out chiropractic care?
Can Migraines Cause Neck and Back Pain?
For many people, neck pain has been a part of their experience with migraine headaches. Though, there wasn’t much in terms of studies that clearly show the connection between the two until recently.
A study from last year concluded that approximately 3 out of 4 people suffering from migraines experience neck pain prior to the onset of a migraine. It’s also important to keep in mind that sleep also has an impact on neck pain and proneness to headaches. Too little or even too much sleep can trigger a migraine attack, including neck pain and stiffness prior to the headache.
Can Chiropractic Treatment Help Migraines?
Currently, there are a limited amount of treatments for migraine headaches. There are some medical treatments, but the ones available have significant side effects.
Since neck pain and stiffness are associated with migraines, many people look to chiropractic care as a preventive measure. In fact, more than half of the chiropractors surveyed stated they had a high number of patients seeking chiropractic care related to pain management for migraines.
While there are many people suffering from migraines that seek out a chiropractor for their pain management, you may still be wondering – is it effective? While studies haven’t shown exactly why this may be the case, reports have shown that chiropractic care, including spinal manipulation, nutritional guidance, and overall lifestyle advancements, have helped treat migraines.
Can Chiropractic Help Cervicogenic Headaches?
Chiropractic care is recommended for cervicogenic headaches. These headaches are different from migraines but just as impactful to our day-to-day lives. They could be onset by damage to nerves in the spine. As a result, spinal and joint manipulation are highly recommended for managing pain from cervicogenic headaches.
East Bay Chiropractic Care Can Help Manage & Relieve Your Chronic Pain
Don’t let migraines and other forms of chronic pain continue to impact you in your day-to-day life. Here at East Bay Chiropractic and Wellness, we specialize in the use of the Graston Technique® for pain management and relief caused by soft tissue fibrosis and chronic inflammation that could lead to constant discomfort or pain. And with nearly 30 years of experience, you know you’ll be in good hands. Contact East Bay Chiropractic and Wellness today and learn more about how we can help you manage your chronic pain.