I had a patient who was receiving monthly Botox injections in her face and scalp to help lessen the pain. Although she experienced some relief, the question remains, at what cost? Botox is a dangerous option and, since the cause of her migraines was not being addressed, there would be no lasting results. And that partially explains why the migraine problem is growing; all of these methods address only the symptoms and not the cause.
According to the Mayo Clinic, migraines may be caused by “changes in the brainstem and its interactions with the trigeminal nerve, a major pain pathway.”
Misalignments in the spine will alter the shape of the canal that the brain stem and spinal cord occupy. These misalignments inhibit the communication between the brain and body, causing the debilitating symptoms of a migraine.
Environmental forces such as stress, foods, physical factors, etc. magnify the deficiencies within a hindered system, which is why changing environmental factors will ease the symptoms but not correct the problem, allowing for frequent reoccurrences.
Chiropractors can address the cause of migraines.
Chiropractic is the study of the central nervous system as it relates to the alignment of the spine. Spinal misalignments create interference to the communication of the central nervous system. By correcting these misalignments, called subluxations in the chiropractic profession, normal central nervous system function and communication can be restored, allowing for the body’s innate healing potential to function properly.
A 2011 case study published in the Journal of Chiropractic Medicine reported a woman in her 50s who had been suffering from regular moderate to severe migraines for more than 40 years. Her migraines were accompanied by auras, meaning they came with nausea, photophobia, and visual disturbances. With regular chiropractic adjustments over three months, and no other method of care, her migraines were resolved, the authors said.
The woman reported that no other lifestyle changes were made. Six months later, the study said, the patient reported no migraine headaches since receiving chiropractic care.
This is one of many case studies proving that chiropractic is an effective method for correcting the cause of migraines. When the cause is addressed and corrected properly the symptoms will dissipate. True health comes from inside out, not outside in.