Chiropractic Treatment For Migraine Headaches

Milwaukee Migraine Headache Treatment
Persistant, chronic headaches affect more than 15 million Americans every year, with migraines generally considered the most severe. The good news is that research has repeatedly shown that there’s hope for those in Milwaukee seeking a natural treatment for migraines at Wellness Way Chiropractic.

headacheThere are generally two strategies for treating migraine headaches: 1) preventing them before they happen, and 2) minimizing their effects when they strike. When it comes to prevention the most common strategies are identifying and avoiding triggers such as foods, stress or a lack of sleep. Medications such as ergotamines, triptans, NSAIDs, and anti-depressants are also commonly prescribed. Its tempting to assume that medication and lifestyle modification is the answer for everyone. However, published research tends to rate the effectiveness of these drugs between 53-55% when used early or 18-27% after a migraine is present.

The Case For Chiropractic
So what does the research say about chiropractic? A systematic review by the Journal of Headache Pain states that “the therapeutic gain [of chiropractic manipulatoin] is equivalent to that of topiramate 100 mg/day and the efficacy is equivalent to that of propranolol.” Another study from JMPT reports, “Clinically important improvement was observed in patients receiving spinal manipulation alone (40%), amitriptyline alone (49%) and combined therapy (41%). But in the posttreatment follow-up period, a far higher percentage of patients who received only spinal manipulation experienced reduction of their headache index scores compared with those taking amitriptyline or who underwent the combined-therapy.” Even studies funded by the Australian government have “clearly established that chiropractic is an effective migraine treatment.”

The Wellness Way Chiropractic Advantage
With traditional over-the-counter medications for migraine treatment proving less than effective (and often having dangerous side effects), chiropractic care can safely and effectively help take care of the cause instead of covering up the symptoms of your migraine headaches. At Wellness Way Chiropractic in Milwaukee, we aim to eliminate the cause of your migraines using a gentle, low-force adjusting technique that’s both safe and effective for patients of all ages and conditions. If you’re in the Milwaukee, West Allis, Greenfield or New Berlin areas and suffering with migraines, we’d love to help. To make an appointment at Wellness Way Chiropractic, call 414-367-6050 or schedule an appointment with our online scheduling app.

Sources:
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Chaibi A, Tuchin P, Russell M. Manual therapies for migraine: a systematic review. J Headache Pain. 2011 April; 12(2): 127–133.
Nelson CF, Bronfort G, Evans R. The efficacy of spinal manipulation, amitriptyline and the combination of both therapies for prophylaxis of migraine headache. JMPT, Oct. 1998;21.
Lantéri-Minet M, Mick G, Allaf B. Early dosing and efficacy of triptans in acute migraine treatment: the TEMPO study. Cephalalgia. 2012 Feb;32(3):226-35.

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