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How can Chiropractic help manage migraine headaches?

February 9th, 2023 by
Category: Dr. Kodie Smith Headaches

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Migraines are a category of headaches that affects 4.8 million Australians. They are a severe throbbing type headache that typically occurs on one side of the head/facial area. It can be caused by stress, hormones, caffeine/chocolate, changes to routine and can also be triggered by certain smells, foods, lights or sounds. Symptoms can include one or more of the following: nausea, vomiting, dizziness and sensitivity to certain smells, sounds and lights.

What can help to manage headaches?

 Migraines can be severely debilitating, having a major impact on those who experience them in their daily lives. There are several things you can do at home to help manage your migraines:

  • Avoid any known triggers like smells, lights and sounds where possible
  • Using ice packs or cooling headbands to reduce any muscular tension and inflammation
  • Doing meditation or mindfulness activities helps to reduce stress levels
  • Keeping physically active to keep your body; nerves, joints and muscles moving
  • Performing specific headache stretches and exercises to increase mobility & release muscular tension. Here are 2 we recommend highly:

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 How can Chiropractic help migraines? 

As Chiropractors, we hear a lot “I get migraines which are common/normal”. The truth is Migraines and Headaches ARE NOT NORMAL or COMMON. It’s time to turn that saying around and put your body and head first. Studies have shown that Chiropractic care is very effective at preventing and alleviating migraine attacks. Chiropractic care helps by:

  • Improving the movement of the spinal joints and muscles
  • Reducing the pressure against inflamed nerves
  • Decreasing the stress in the body
  • Improving the function of the nervous and musculoskeletal systems
  • Supporting the connection, of the brain and nerves to the body

If you are experiencing migraines or have in the past and are worrying about flare-ups, call up and get your spine and nervous system checked today by a Chiropractor. It’s time that we stop saying “migraines are normal/common”, and time we put those migraines behind us. 


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