Migraine Treatment in Boise, Idaho
If you have experienced migraines in the past or currently, you are not alone. Thousands of people in the Boise area are also suffering from migraines on a regular basis. Many people resort to prescription medications on a regular basis to keep the migraines at a manageable level, but this takes on many of the possible side effects of the drugs. In contrast, many others in the Boise community have found a natural solution to their migraines… corrective chiropractic! If you’d like to be more proactive about your migraines, you should contact us at Optimal Spine & Posture so you can experience the amazing results corrective chiropractic has proven to deliver!
Causes of Migraine headaches
Studies have shown nearly 45 million Americans suffer from migraines and recurring headaches. Are you one of these Americans suffering from debilitating migraines? A single known cause for migraines is unidentified at this time however; it is known and shown in research that certain problems in the neck and spine are significantly related to the presence of migraines. Migraines commonly result from tension in the muscles around the neck and upper back that are affected by poor posture and spine alignment.
Here are some of the most common triggers of a migraine headache:
- Physical causes – excessive fatigue or inadequate sleep, bad posture, tension in the neck or shoulders, physical over-exertion, low blood sugar, and even experiencing jet lag
- Hormonal changes – many women experience migraine symptoms when around menstruation with the change in hormone levels
- Environmental triggers – temperature and climate changes, bright lights, flickering screens, stuffy rooms, loud noises, strong smells, and second-hand smoke
- Medication triggers – pharmaceuticals such as sleeping pills, hormone replacement therapy medications, and sometimes contraceptives
- Dietary triggers – two of the major triggers for migraines are thought to be alcohol and caffeine, but there are also some food triggers such as cheese, chocolate, citrus fruits, and any foods containing tyramine. Dehydration can also be a trigger
- Emotional triggers – stress, excitement, depression, shock, or anxiety can be a trigger for migraines
Treatment for Migraine Headaches
Changes in lifestyle habits can help manage migraines. This might include getting plenty of rest, reducing stress levels, avoiding food triggers, drinking plenty of water, and making sure that you get regular exercise.
If there is an issue with spine alignment diagnosed on X-ray, then studies have shown corrective chiropractic care can offer relief of migraines. This type of chiropractic remodels the ligaments that hold the spine in place (like braces to straighten teeth), relieving pressure from the nerves and thereby reducing the triggers for migraines.
Effects of Migraine Medications
As is the case for most medications, over-the-counter medications merely cover up symptoms without addressing the underlying issue. Medications can be very useful in certain situations and when used short-term. Prescription medications for migraines usually just diminish the progression of the pain, then later leaving a person feeling groggy or sick. There are not many medical options for migraines.
More and more people are becoming aware that corrective chiropractic care can be very effective in managing the symptoms of a migraine. Our patients very often report not just short-term but long-term improvement of migraines after having gone through corrective chiropractic care. If you’ve been experiencing migraines for quite a while, and you haven’t found a treatment that helps… don’t worry, there’s still hope! Let us help you at Optimal Spine & Posture in Boise, ID.
Contact us today for a complimentary consultation. We would love to provide you with relief from your persistent migraines.