3 Non-Invasive Chiropractic Solutions For Migraine Sufferers

Nerve block injections and surgeries like turbinectomies can be helpful in reducing or eliminating migraines for some people. However, if you aren't a good candidate for these treatments, or if you just want to avoid invasive procedures, you might want to try chiropractic therapies first. Here are three services that you may want to look into that could help your migraine symptoms.

Nutritional Counseling

When many people think about nutritional counseling, they may immediately think of dieting, but nutritional counseling is a great way to identify any triggers that may be contributing to your migraines. You may already know that certain triggers, like too much noise or poor sleep habits, can contribute to migraines, but some migraines can also be caused by certain foods. Dairy products, fruit juices, foods with yeast, chocolate, alcohol, caffeine, etc. can trigger a migraine. A chiropractor can help you put together a meal plan so that you can pinpoint exactly when your migraine symptoms arise. If you cook with certain ingredients that are triggers, your chiropractor can help you identify substitutions and make sure that you are still getting your daily nutrients.

Spinal Manipulation

Spinal manipulation is arguably the most well-known chiropractic therapy out there. There are different adjustment techniques: the Gonstead technique. the Activator technique, or the Diversified technique. The main goal is to identify vertebrae that may be placing extra pressure on nerves. Although more research needs to be conducted, a review from the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics found that chiropractic interventions like spinal manipulation could improve migraines.

TENS Unit Therapy

"TENS" is an acronym for "transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation." During this therapy, your chiropractor will place electrodes on your skin and the TENS unit will send electrical pulses that can disrupt pain signals. During this therapy, your body releases endorphins, which are hormones that have a painkilling effect. Some patients may balk at this therapy because it sounds painful, but TENS therapy is painless. You may feel a slight warmth and tingling in areas where the electrode pads are placed, but you shouldn't feel pain. If your migraines are related to old injuries, like a whiplash injury, or poor posture, then TENS therapy could be beneficial. One study found that TENS therapy could reduce extended days of headaches and could help patients reduce their reliance on painkillers.  

These are just a few non-invasive services you could try to help your migraine symptoms. Reach out to a chiropractor in your area today for more details about migraine headache therapy.