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Suffering From Migraines? Chiropractic Care Can Help

When you go to a medical doctor for a migraine, you’ll likely receive a prescription for medication. But many patients can’t tolerate the side effects, or they simply prefer drug-free care. Additionally, many patients who get prescriptions for a preventive medication don’t continue taking it as prescribed.

If you want options, you’ll find effective migraine care without the drugs at Taylor Chiropractic and Weight Loss Clinic. We focus on the whole person, creating individualized migraine treatment by drawing from our areas of expertise: chiropractic manipulation, nutritional support, and physiotherapy. 

We’ve had great success helping patients find relief from migraine pain with our multimodal therapy, an approach that can relieve the pain and help prevent future migraines just as well as medication.

Chiropractic care

The key principle of chiropractic care is that the health of your spine affects all parts of your body. When you have a problem with your spine, whether the vertebrae are misaligned, tissues are inflamed, or the supporting muscles are injured, nerves and blood vessels in the spinal cord may become pinched and irritated. Those damaged spinal nerves may then cause problems in the areas of the body they serve.

The same principle applies to migraines, which can be triggered by the trigeminal nerves and blood vessels serving your face and head. Using gentle manual techniques to manipulate your neck, we can restore spinal alignment, boost circulation in the area, and support healing in nerves and tissues.

Studies show that spinal manipulation can reduce the intensity of your migraines and decrease the number of migraines you have in the future. Chiropractic care can work as well as medications prescribed for migraines.

Physiotherapy and therapeutic massage

Migraine headaches are frequently accompanied by tight, stiff muscles, causing pain and tenderness in your neck and head. In many cases, patients with migraines also have painful knots in the myofascial tissues covering the muscles.

After we assess your muscles, we develop an individualized physical therapy program using several modalities to relax tissues, reduce inflammation, and relieve your pain. 

We often recommend therapeutic massage and structured exercises that stretch and strengthen the targeted muscles. Specialized therapies, such as ice massage, steam heat, and HydroMassage® are also exceptionally effective for relieving the muscle problems that come with migraines.

Nutritional and lifestyle counseling

Nutritional and lifestyle counseling are essential components of comprehensive migraine care. We can help you prevent migraines by:

Identifying triggers

Migraines begin when something in your environment triggers the trigeminal nerves. We work closely with each patient, first helping them identify their triggers, and then developing a lifestyle plan to avoid the triggers.

Nutritional counseling

Nutritional counseling isn’t available at the typical medical practice, yet it’s a critical part of preventing migraines and one of our areas of expertise. Studies show that patients with migraines often have lower levels of essential micronutrients compared to people who don’t suffer from migraines.

A deficiency in nutrients, such as magnesium, riboflavin, and coenzyme Q10, may worsen migraines. Boosting your intake of these and other nutrients can help reduce the frequency of migraines.

When we provide nutritional counseling, we identify deficiencies and create a healthy, well-balanced eating plan that supports your overall health, helps treat your migraines, and eliminates foods or ingredients that are triggers. 

Migraines are complex and intense headaches that respond well to the holistic approach provided at Taylor Chiropractic and Weight Loss Clinic. To get help for your migraines, book an appointment online or over the phone today.

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