RESEARCH SHOWS CHIROPRACTIC ALLEVIATES MIGRAINES
Chiropractors and other health-care practitioners often recommend physical management of the neck problems that cause migraines. In an extensive analysis of clinical trials, Harvard Medical School researchers compared results for physical therapy, massage and other nondrug options as remedies for headache.
Outcomes showed that chiropractic adjustments helped with tension-type headaches that have migraine-like symptoms (Headache 2005;45:738¬46). This type of care was found to be safe, with no serious adverse events, in a review of more than 19,000 pa¬tients (Spine 2007;32:2375-8). Other Natural Solutions Your doctor of chiropractic may recommend that, as an adjunct to chiropractic adjustments, you consider other natural approaches.
These may be particularly helpful for preventing migraines. Acupuncture, for one, has been proven to be a genuine migraine cure (Curr Treat Options Neurol 2008;10:20-9). Other alternative methods have met with some success. For example, in wet-cupping, a vacuum is created by placing a special cup over a superficial skin cut to draw out small amounts of blood. Wet-cupping may increase oxygen flow to a painful area, such as the neck. In one analysis, this ancient Chinese technique was credited with reducing migraine severity by 66 percent.
It also lowered the monthly number of “headache days” for test participants (Am J Chin Med 2008;36:37-44). Hypnosis, relaxation, skin-warming, biofeedback, endurance training and physical therapy have also been shown to work. Aromatherapy is also recommended, with applications of essential oils to the “pressure points” on the face and neck. Try oil of peppermint, marjoram and lavender.
Finally, doctors of chiropractic often suggest:
• Taking a warm bath or shower
• Resting in a dark room
• Applying a cold compress to the forehead or back of the neck
• Drinking fruit juice, especially tomato juice
• Massaging the face, head, neck and shoulders Supplements for Headache Pain and Prevention Your doctor of chiropractic may also suggest dietary supplements in con¬junction with chiropractic care.
For example: Feverfew: The herb feverfew (Tanacetum parthenium) reduces mi¬graine pain and frequency.
Butterbur: Butterbur (Petasites hy-bridus) is thought to prevent migraines.
Magnesium: Some older studies have linked migraine incidence to magnesium deficiency. Supplementing with this naturally occurring mineral is still thought to help reduce severity and frequency of migraine events (Headache 2003;6:601-10).
5-Hydroxyhyptophan: (5-HTP): 5-HTP is an amino acid compound pro¬duced by the body to help make two important neurotransmitters: serotonin and melatonin. Also available as a supplement made from Griffonia sim-plicifolia, 5-HTP may also prevent migraines, reduce their duration and lessen their overall impact.
Vitamin B3: While some people com¬plain that niacin, or vitamin B3, some¬times causes facial flushing, it is ex¬actly this mechanism that may relieve the blood flow disruption that brings on migraines.
Reishi: For some individuals, reishi mushroom applications work against headache pain. Note: Always talk with your doctor before beginning any supplementation program.
Put an End to Migraine Misery If you have migraines, don’t wait for the sinking realization that your next headache is on its way. Empower yourself by talking to this chiropractic office immediately about a preventive care program.