Chiropractic Care for Migraines

A skilled practitioner like Dr. Tanvi Desai can provide effective chiropractic care for migraines and other types of headaches. 

Migraines are somewhat different from headaches, usually causing severe pain and throbbing on one side of the head. It may be accompanied by symptoms such as vomiting, nausea, and increased sensitivity to sound and light. 

Patients suffering from migraines can sometimes experience warning symptoms or “auras” before an episode in the form of tingling sensations in the body or some type of visual disturbance.

Symptoms of Migraines

A migraine headache usually manifests as “throbbing” or “pulsating” pain on one or both sides of your head. If left untreated, it may last up to 2-3 days.

People who suffer from migraines describe a variety of symptoms. Some people may experience a prodrome or warning stage a couple of days before the onset of migraine headaches. 

This can include changes in the body, such as:

  • Neck stiffness 
  • Increased urination
  • Mood changes
  • Constipation
  • Constant yawning

Some people may experience visual auras or other sensory disturbances during the warning stage. Migraine auras may last several minutes or even an hour. Visual aura symptoms can include:

  • Vision loss
  • Flashing lights, bright spots, or tunnel vision
  • Numbness or weakness on one side of your body or face
  • Difficulty in speaking 

Although migraine auras can be uncomfortable, they are not dangerous. However, auras can sometimes seem similar to other conditions, such as stroke. 

Ocular or retinal migraines bring on visual disturbances like tunnel vision or flashing light spots. 

In comparison, stroke migraines can cause headaches with muscle weakness. They could also cause temporary paralysis on one side of your body.

Therefore, seeking medical care is important if you think something suspicious is happening.

Cause of Migraines

Unfortunately, the “true cause” of migraine is still unknown. However, certain factors are known to trigger migraine episodes.

  • Trauma to the head and neck from falls or auto-accidents 
  • Constant anxiety or stress
  • Irregular sleeping patterns
  • Significant hormonal changes
  • Sensitivity to certain chemicals or preservatives in food
  • Frequent exposure to flashing lights or fluorescent lights
  • Weather changes
  • Postural distortion

Chiropractic Treatment for Migraines

While medications for migraines are available, they can cause severe side effects. Opting for natural alternatives has therefore become quite popular.

Dr. Desai has seen a lot of success in treating migraines through spinal alignment treatment. A large majority of her patients associate their condition with muscle pain, muscle spasms, neck stiffness, and neck pain.

During your consultation, Dr. Desai will first analyze your spinal alignment. A misaligned spine can irritate the cranial nerves that go through the spine to your head and face area, causing migraines. An evaluation can be performed to check if this is the root cause of your discomfort.

Next, Dr. Desai will assess if you need treatment using the NUCCA technique. Your body’s inability to deal with physical stress in the upper neck can be a significant factor in your migraine. NUCCA can help fix this. It focuses on correcting the misalignment of your upper cervical spine.

Finally, your posture will be corrected due to the adjustment. This is important because poor posture can cause tension in your neck, upper back, and shoulders and add to your migraine. Your head alignment can be corrected so that your muscles are relaxed. 

Not every patient needs extensive treatment. In most cases, patients show major imbalances in their bodies, such as a shoulder being lower than the other, the head tilting to one side, or other misalignments. Chiropractic care can help correct this and thus provide you with migraine relief. 

Get Chiropractic Treatment for Migraines

Dr. Tanvi Desai is a chiropractic expert with extensive training and experience in caring for patients' spinal misalignments. She offers patients treatment options for gentle adjustments. 

Lotus Chiropractic Care can help improve posture, reduce pain, and improve the body's overall function. If you suffer from migraines, Dr. Desai can help get your body back to a pain-free life.

We service residents of Dunwoody and surrounding areas from our office on Mt. Vernon Rd, Dunwoody, Georgia.

Learn if chiropractic care may be right for you. Call us at (470) 719-9539 or request an appointment online

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