If you've ever experienced a migraine headache, you know how debilitating it can be. According to the Mayo Clinic, "a migraine headache can cause intense throbbing or pulsing in one area of the head and is commonly accompanied by nausea, vomiting, and extreme sensitivity to light and sound. Migraine attacks can cause significant pain for hours to days and be so severe that all you can think about is finding a dark, quiet place to lie down."
Nearly 30 million American suffer migraine headaches, with women more
than three times as likely as men to be victims. Too often, medication
is the first-line treatment strategy to control symptoms – particularly
the pain – despite the fact that natural options are being shown to be just as, if not more, effective.
Case in point: a recent study that divided 91 adult migraine
sufferers into three groups for comparison. One group received
topiramate (brand name: Topamax), an anti-convulsant also approved by
the Food and Drug Administration for the treatment and prevention of
migraines; a second group exercised 40 minutes a day, three times a
week; and the third group performed relaxation exercises over the course
of the study period. After three months, results showed no significant
differences between the three groups: all three interventions reduced
the frequency of migraine occurrence.
Of course, a chiropractor may also perform chiropractic
adjustments, which have been shown to be effective for headache
symptoms. One study showed spinal manipulation to be as effective as
amitriptyline for migraine symptoms; another study
showed a significant reduction in frequency, duration and severity of
migraines, as well as need for medication, following chiropractic
manipulation. And nutritional support, such as magnesium supplementation, has also proven to be effective.
If you suffer from migraines, make an appointment with Dr. Doran to find out about your drug-free options. Say no to medication and yes to natural