Here at Jeffers Chiropractic & Sports Injuries, we specialize in assisting our patients through their migraine pain. We are proud to serve San Diego, CA and the surrounding communities. Unfortunately, many people suffer from migraines. Migraines are throbbing headaches that are often presaged by fuzzy eyesight, sensitivity to light and sound, and even vomiting. Although migraines are linked to stress, many people have found going to the chiropractor has helped relieve their migraine problems immensely.
Patients with migraine problems also typically have neck pain issues, a family history of migraines, and nasal congestion. Since migraines are not fun for anyone, it is no wonder so many people look for relief.
Chiropractic treatment has helped so many people get rid of their migraines, even for good! Prior to treatment, our educated and compassionate chiropractor will also take you through a physical exam to ensure that there are no other reasons behind your pain. After this, we start by trying sensitive trigger points in your lower neck and upper back muscles. By stimulating these areas, the migraine symptoms will actually start to go away.
The success of this and the severity of your pain will determine what further treatment will be required. We will also go over your sleep patterns and overall health. Sometimes this plays a role in your migraine problems.
Our entire staff is always smiling and wanting to go the extra mile. We understand how migraines are not only painful but can also cause you to miss work and not enjoy your days. We work at not just addressing the migraine but actually fixing your body so that you never deal with this problem again.
We are always here to answer your questions. No question is ever too silly for us. We want you to be healthy and will do whatever we can to assist you with this. The moment you enter our office, you will be greeted by our friendly receptionist. The entire time you are in our office, you will be in caring hands.
Several well-designed trials support the effectiveness of spinal manipulation therapy in the treatment of migraine headaches.
In one study, for example, including 127 people with migraine headaches, 22% of those who received chiropractic manipulation reported more than a 90% reduction of migraines and 49% reported a significant reduction of the intensity of each episode.
In another study, 218 individuals with migraine headaches were randomly assigned to receive spinal manipulation, a daily medication (amitryptiline—a drug used to prevent pain in chronic conditions such as migraine headache), or a combination of both. Spinal manipulation was as effective as the medication and had fewer side effects. There was no added benefit to combining the two therapies.
In addition, a review article evaluating nine studies that tested spinal manipulative therapy for tension or migraine headaches concluded that this chiropractic technique is comparable to medications used to try to prevent either of these two types of headaches.
A study published in the February 2000 issue of the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, (JMPT), showed that people suffering with migraine headaches were helped with chiropractic care. The study was conducted in Australia at the Chiropractic Research Center of Macquarie University. In this research 177 volunteers were studied who had migraine headaches for over 18 years on average. Many of the participants also suffered from neck pain.
The average response of the group that received chiropractic care showed a statistically significant improvement in migraine frequency, duration, and disability. The study also showed that those who received chiropractic care were able to reduce their medication use, with a significant number reducing their medication usage to zero! Additionally, 59% had no neck pain after a period of two months, and another 35% had a decrease in neck pain.
The researchers concluded this study, built on previous studies that had similar results.
“There have now been several studies demonstrating significant improvement in headaches or migraines after chiropractic.”
If you have any questions or suffer from migraines, contact us today at (858) 452-7770.