Most people experience headaches sporadically through their lives and are not too adversely affected by them. However, there is a severe type of headache called a migraine that can keep returning and be incredibly debilitating.
It is estimated by the NHS that around one in every five women and around one in every 15 men are affected by migraines, which usually begin in early adulthood (1).
- Stress (and how stress is handled)
- Food and drink triggers
- Sleep patterns
- Hormones and tension; especially in the neck.
Chiropractic treatment for migraine is also varied but a trial treatment of 3-4 sessions is normally recommended to give a good indicator of how effective management will be. A lot of our patients have found their migraines become less frequent and less severe with treatment when neck muscle or joint tension and restriction is a contributing trigger. Treatment can involve:
- Soft tissue massage
- Trigger point therapy
- Acupuncture/dry needling
- Spinal manipulation/mobilisation
- Home exercises/stretches
- Ergonomic and postural advice
Other treatments that might help with headaches available at TWC:
- Hypnotherapy for stress management and to help reduce related tension
- Deep tissue massage to help release trigger points in the muscles
- Diet advice for food intolerances/allergies i.e. gluten or dairy
For those of you interested, here is a link to a website that lists some of the studies looking in to the effectiveness of chiropractic in the treatment of migraines: