A migraine is a severe, painful headache that can be preceded or accompanied by sensory warning signs such as flashes of light, tingling in the arms and legs, nausea, vomiting, and increased sensitivity to light and sound. According to the Mayo Clinic, most migraines are caused by changes in the brainstem and its interactions with the trigeminal nerve, which is a major pain pathway. A misalignment in the spine can change the shape of the canal that the brainstem and spinal cord occupy. These misalignments alter the communication between the brain and body, causing the very painful symptoms of a migraine.
Migraine headaches can have the following characteristics:
- Throbbing or pulsating pain
- Often begins on one side of your head and can spread to both sides
- Intense pain that is often focused around the sides of the forehead
- Can last from a few hours to several days
Migraines can be treated with chiropractic adjustments. In a scientific study of people with migraines, 22% of those who received chiropractic manipulation reported more than a 90% reduction of migraine attacks. Also, 49% reported a significant reduction of the intensity of each migraine. If you suffer from excessive migraine pain, you may want to consider chiropractic to reduce and prevent your migraines.
Call Crist Chiropractic & Wellness in Franklin, TN to schedule an appointment. Dr. Crist can evaluate your condition, discuss pain prevention for your headaches, and recommend further treatment with chiropractic care. You can also book an appointment online.