Migraines seem to always happen when you are most stressed and come not only with severe and debilitating head pain, but sensitivity to sound and light, dizziness and often nausea as well. Headaches are actually the third most popular reason that adults in America seek chiropractic care. Before chiropractic treatment, a physical examination was given to the patient to rule out potential crisis causes like tumors, vision disorders, and vascular problems. Pain that originates at the neck will often turn into a headache due to proximity of cranial and facial nerve clusters. Changes in the function of the blood or nervous systems in specific areas of the brain and changes in chemical balances within the body have been related to the cause of migraine attacks. A systematic review of 21 different studies found that patients who received chiropractic care for migraines once or twice a week for eight weeks saw a reduction in migraine symptoms.
Patients with migraine headaches typically report these:
75% report associated neck pain
50% report known triggers, like changes in weather, stress, lack of sleep, alcohol consumption, and eating certain foods
46% report nasal congestion
70% have a family history of migraine headaches
Incidentally, many patients who see chiropractors experience headaches caused by their bone and tissue conditions. Migraines are normally divided up into two different types although many more subdivisions exist. This backflow will cause swelling and will eventually crush the small blood vessels of the brain, resulting in a migraine headache.