What kind of headache do I have? Part 2 Migraines

Dr. Aaron L. Wiegand,DC,CCST


Anyone who suffers from Migraine Headaches will tell you the level of pain they produce can render them unable to function at times. Many find they become more sensitive to light, sounds and smells. The pain is usually isolated to one side of the head. Unlike tension or stress headaches which are caused by muscular spasms in the head and neck, Migraine Headaches are likely a neurological phenomenon. However, almost all Migraine sufferers experience neck muscle soreness before the onset of the headache. About half get signals one is coming, in the form of irritability, food cravings, nausea, diarrhea and even depression, to name a few. About a third of Migraine sufferers see an aura, or a blurry spot in their field of vision just before one comes on. The pain can last a couple hours, to a few days.

Migraines are believed to be caused by the dilation of arteries in the brain. It is not known what causes Migraines, however recent research suggest MSG containing foods like many soups and snack seasonings can be a trigger.

Treatments for Migraine Headaches include various medications, including antidepressants, corticosteroids, Non-steroidal anti-inflammatories and anti-seizure drugs. Other surgical interventions are also an option.

Multiple studies have demonstrated that chiropractic adjustments have a significant effect on reducing the frequency of Migraines. One study in 2000 showed 1 in 5 patients showed a 90% reduction in symptoms. 75% of the patients felt a reduction in how their Migraine’s affected their life:

“Conclusion: The results of this study support previous results showing that some people report significant improvement in migraines after chiropractic SMT. A high percentage (>80%) of participants reported stress as a major factor for their migraines. It appears probable that chiropractic care has an effect on the physical conditions related to stress and that in these people the effects of the migraine are reduced.”

If you have questions about headaches, neck pain and low back pain, please call my office for a free consultation.