What Causes Migraine Headaches?
Although migraines are not fully understood by science yet, there are many things we have discovered. Reducing the frequency and severity of migraine headaches depends upon addressing the root causes of the pain, not just covering up the symptoms. Our chiropractor will focus on diagnosing your triggers and then provide migraine relief treatment that reduces or eliminates them. Some potential causes include:
- Trigeminal nerve irritation—This nerve controls function and feeling of the head and face. Often, a misalignment of neck vertebrae, either from poor posture or injury, can pinch this nerve, playing a role in migraine headaches. In fact, many patients who had earlier suffered a whiplash neck injury reported an increase in migraine headaches afterward.
- Chemical imbalances—Sleep patterns, nutrition and hormonal issues may also interfere with nervous system function in a way that causes migraines.
Chiropractic Care for Natural Migraine Relief Treatment
For many of Dr. Lee’s patients, chiropractic care has provided welcome, lasting relief for their migraine headaches. After a complete exam to determine the root problems behind your headaches, Dr. Lee develops a comprehensive, individual treatment plan that may include:
Chiropractic spinal adjustments—Alleviating spinal misalignments, particularly in the neck, can often eliminate migraines. Pinched nerves are released, which enables them to properly regulate pain signals, circulation, hormonal fluctuations, etc.
Massage therapy—Whether it’s tension or migraine headaches, massage therapy can relieve stress, tense muscles, improve circulation and help alleviate neck injuries like whiplash, all of which may contribute to migraines.
Nutrition and Lifestyle Counseling—Migraine sufferers usually know a host of triggers that can set them off on day of pain and suffering. Our chiropractor helps people pinpoint their individual triggers and helps them build strategies to avoid them. Some triggers include:
- Chemicals and additives in processed foods and beverages
- Irregular eating schedules
- Poor sleep habits
- Poor ergonomics