Migraine Headaches

cat with a migraine headacheThe simple fact is that migraine headaches hurt. And although there are things you can do to prevent them (avoid triggers such as certain foods, drinks, scents) sometimes they still occur.

Medication is one type of treatment that can be used. But sometimes certain medications need to be avoided because they may cause side effects either on their own or in combination with other medications that you may already be taking for another health condition. The medication may also be contraindicated in some health conditions (pregnancy). As well, more and more people simply would prefer to not use medication to manage their migraines if possible. So what options are available then?

A recent study1 has come out comparing the manual therapies of chiropractic (spinal adjustments), massage therapy, and physiotherapy, and seeing how they compare to conventional medication (propranolol and topiramate) for the treatment of migraine headaches. What they found was that these therapies offered benefits of reduced intensity, duration, and frequency of migraines similar to that of medication.

What does this mean? It means that there are options besides medication for the treatment of migraine headaches. It means that for those who don’t want to take medication, or for those who aren’t able to tolerate the medications, there is good evidence supporting what manual therapists do, and have known for a long time.

At our clinic we provide a combination of manual therapy techniques to help you find relief of your migraine headaches. If you would like more information on how our Guelph Chiropractors can help please give us a shout (not too loudly if you have a headache) or email.

1Journal of Headache & Pain 2011; 12: 127-133.

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