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Headache & Migraine Chiropractic Treatment at My Health Chiro

Headaches are a common thing we see in our society. There are up to 3 million migraine sufferers and up to 7 million tension type headache sufferers. Studies done in the US have shown migraines have a direct and indirect cost of $1 billion per year. Studies in Canada show spend of up to $40 million in over the counter and prescription drugs for relief of headaches.

The most common types of headaches that are experienced are tension type/cervicogenic headaches. These headaches respond very well to headache and migraine chiropractic care. The mechanism as to why we experience this type of headache is due to joints of the neck. These joints affect the nerve information that are supplying the muscles of the neck and shoulders, which cause them to become tight and tender with referred pain. It is common to experience associated neck and shoulder pain with these types of headaches.

Migraine Treatment in Melbourne

Migraines are another common type of headache which is generally characterised as throbbing, sensitivity to light or sound as well as nausea or even vomiting. While the exact causes of migraines are still being studied, evidence indicates it may not be a genetic link. Factors that contribute to migraines include diet, stress, hormonal fluctuations and fatigue. While the mechanism for migraines is vascular and involves the blood vessels, chiropractic has been shown to be effective in the reduction of frequency and intensity. Migraine chiropractic treatment at My Health Chiro could drastically improve your life by giving you relief from pain and discomfort.

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How Does Migraine Chiropractic Work?

Cervicogenic and tension type headaches respond very well to chiropractic care. Chiropractor tension headache relief is a good option for a lot of people. Improving the function of the nerves through chiropractic adjustments, and reducing poor muscle patterns from lifestyle stresses like poor posture, improper workstations and self-directed exercises, are all part of the approach for managing and treating these headaches.

One scientific study found that 22% of those studied who received chiropractic treatment reported more than a 90% reduction of headaches, while another 49% reported that the headache intensity was significantly reduced. (1)

Another scientific study found chiropractic treatment reduces tension and migraine headaches. This study found that of the 729 subjects involved, 613 who received chiropractic care had outcomes that ranged from good to excellent. (2) Chiropractic care is therefore an option well worth considering for migraine treatment in Melbourne. (2)

1. Younes Jahangiri Noudeh, MD, Nasibeh Vatankhah, MD and Hamid R. Baradaran, MD, PhD. Reduction of Current Migraine Headache Pain Following Neck Massage and Spinal Manipulation. Int J Ther Massage Bodywork. 2012; 5(1): 5–13.

2. Vernon HT. The effectiveness of chiropractic manipulation in the treatment of headache: an exploration in the literature. J Manipulative Physiol Ther. 1995 Nov-Dec;18(9):611-17

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FAQ

We get a few commonly asked questions from potential clients. You may find some useful answers below:

  • Are Chiropractic Adjustments Safe?

    In the words of the New Zealand Government’s Inquiry, chiropractic care is “remarkably safe” (1). Chiropractic has an excellent safety record. It is the result of a conservative approach to health that avoids invasive procedures or addictive drugs.

    In relation to the treatment of neck and back pain, studies have shown that a course of chiropractic care was 250 times safer than a course of anti-inflammatory drugs (2).

    The US Governments’ National Centre for Complementary and Alternative Medicine rated Chiropractic treatment effective and relatively safe for the treatment of lower back pain when performed by a trained and licensed practitioner (3). Guidelines for the treatment of lower back pain recommend Chiropractic care (4).

    So you can rest assured you are in safe hands.

    1. Chiropractic in New Zealand: Report of the Commission of Inquiry. (1979). Hasselberg PD, Government Printer, Wellington, New Zealand
    2. Dabbs,V., & Lauretti,W.J. (1995). A Risk Assessment of Cervical Manipulation vs NSAIDs for the Treatment of Neck Pain. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, 18(8), 530-536
    3. Koes BW, van Tulder M, Lin CW, Macedo LG, McAuley J, Maher C. An updated overview of clinical guidelines for the management of non-specific low back pain in primary care. Eur Spine J. 2010 Dec;19(12):2075-94
    4. https://nccih.nih.gov/health/pain/spinemanipulation.htm 2016 Web
  • I think my problem is muscular, can chiropractic help?

    Of course! Your nerves that exit from your spine connect with many areas, including the muscles. When nerves are irritated at the spine, there is spasming and tightening of the muscles that are connected to those nerves. For chiropractor tension headache relief, we can alleviate discomfort by adjusting the body. Many people find that once they get adjusted and the nerves are functioning well, the muscles naturally relax. We use soft tissue techniques to further address the muscles and also have a local referral network if further work is needed.

  • How Do I Know What Type of Headache I Have?

    At our office, we make sure we assess your spine thoroughly. We explain all our findings and help you make sense of what is going on. At the end of our assessment, we will advise you on the best course of action and how to best help you get to your health goal. Whether you need tension headache or migraine treatment in Melbourne, we can help.

  • How Many Visits Will it Take?

    Chiropractor tension headache relief and migraine chiropractic care will differ between people. Each person is unique and has their own set of circumstances. The same applies to their condition and the most appropriate course of treatment. At our office, we make sure we create a detailed treatment plan and help you answer the questions of what we can do, how long it will take and the best options to get the ideal result.

  • What if Chiropractic Care Doesn’t Help?

    At My Health Chiro, we endeavour to provide the best care possible. If at any point we find that your headache or migraine treatment in Melbourne isn’t achieving our intended goals, we will make sure we find out why. If we find at any point we are unable to help you toward your goal, we will find someone who will. We want to make sure you get the care you need, not waste your time or money!

  • Can I Refer a Friend or a Family Member?

    Certainly! At My Health Chiro, we’re a patient-centred chiropractic wellness practice for Maribyrnong, Maidstone, Footscray, Aberfeldie, Essendon and Ascot Vale areas. We are more than happy to help you or direct your friend or family member to a chiropractor closest to their location.

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For Headache & Migraine Treatment in Melbourne, Visit My Health Chiro

My Health Chiro has fully qualified and highly experienced chiropractors who offer effective migraine chiropractic care. To book in for headache or migraine treatment in Melbourne, call us on (03) 9317 8913.