The migraine headache is a disorder categorized by repeated, debilitating attacks with varying levels of intensity, frequency and duration. Migraines are commonly associated with throbbing and intense head pain, nausea, vomiting, anorexia, as well as neurological and mood disturbances. Two types of migraines have been defined; classical and common. The classical migraine is the type precluded or accompanied by visual disturbances (auras, flashes of light, etc.) and possible numbness and motor skills disturbances. The common migraine does not have such well-defined symptoms of neurological disturbance. These may present as a headache with nausea. Migraine sufferers typically report that “nothing helps” once one has set in, and experience little benefit from painkillers.
Gonstead Chiropractic and Migraines
Gonstead chiropractic aims to remove the cause of a person’s problem and not just treat a particular disease or mask a symptom. Because there are varying types of migraines, there are also varying causes. Since one-third of migraine sufferers benefit from dietary modification, one must rule out dietary triggers, which a Gonstead doctor has the knowledge to do. More important, though, is to look for signs of nervous system interference. For years chiropractors have had wonderful results with migraine patients by reducing stress to the nervous system and improving body function. In one study chiropractic care resulted in a reduction of 90% of migraine episodes and a drop of 94% in use of medication. Researchers are agreeing more and more that the cause of most migraines is a neurological disturbance. Gonstead doctors look for a variety of possible subluxations (not just the neck) which can affect body chemistry and cause migraines.
Here’s what Gonstead patients say:
“I used to have daily headaches and frequent migraines, now it's great to feel great!”
“Since Gonstead chiropractic, my daughter has had no migraines.”
Lisa about daughter Natasha
“I came in for migraine headaches and low back pain. Both are completely gone.”
“With the adjustments I’ve had I no longer suffer from the migraines I used to get daily and the heartburn that I also used to get all day everyday. I noticed the pain going away with just my first couple of visits.”
“I have had a significant decrease in the amount and severity of migraine headaches and have improved the mobility in my neck.”
“I had seen 6 different chiropractors in the area (none of them from the Gonstead school) and had only temporary relief- not like I am having now. He helped me relieve migraines without any medications!”
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