Migraine Headache Pain Relief Treatment with Your Chiropractor in San Diego
Migraine headache pain can shut its sufferers down for days with intense, throbbing, stabbing pain, often accompanied by nausea, vomiting and extreme sensitivity to lights, sounds and smells. Some people experience warnings of oncoming migraines around 30 minutes before the attack with an “aura”—seeing temporary stars, zigzags or blind spots. Painkillers for migraines usually only provide temporary or ineffective relief while causing other unwanted side effects.
San Diego chiropractor Dr. Herfindahl, however, can provide effective migraine headache relief treatment that aims at the underlying causes of the headaches, thereby reducing the severity and frequency of attacks.
What Causes Migraine Headaches?
Many migraine sufferers have a subluxation (misalignment) of the top two vertebrae underneath the skull, right where the spinal cord leaves the brain into the spine. This can happen through long-term poor neck posture habits or an injury like whiplash. The subluxation pinches nerves like the trigeminal nerve and the sensitive dura mater membrane that covers the brain and the spinal cord, impacting nervous system function, blood flow and sensation all across the face, head and neck.
This extra sensitivity from nerve impingement can cause triggers like certain foods, beverages, medications, smells, lights, stress, irregular sleep patterns, exercise, stress, altitude changes, etc. to start a migraine.
Chiropractic Care and Migraine Treatment
Chiropractic care addresses the primary trigger for migraine headaches: irritation of the spinal cord at the top level. Our chiropractor is a headache specialist who provides a multi-faceted approach to migraine treatment:
- Chiropractic Care—Gentle manual or instrument spinal adjusting techniques can correct the alignment of the atlas vertebra so that it stops pinching nerves. This often provides immediate migraine relief and prevents future attacks.
- Spinal Decompression—If a bulging or herniated disc injury is irritating the nerves, a series of sessions on the DRX9000 spinal decompression table can heal the disc to provide relief.
- Massage Therapy—Chronic stress, injury and inflammation can irritate migraine headache sufferers as well, so tailored massage therapy also helps.
Dr. Herfindahl will examine your medical history and discuss your migraine situation with you to come up with a treatment plan that best addresses your needs for long-term headache relief and better overall health.