Saturday, October 11, 2014

How Norwalk CT Chiropractic Office Helps Alleviate Migraine Pain Naturally

By Guy Lobdell

The Migraine Research Foundation estimates that some 6 percent of men and 18 percent of women in the United States suffer with migraine. It is a hugely debilitating condition for which conventional medicine offers little beyond pain-killers. A Norwalk chiropractor can offer migraine sufferers an alternative that is both natural and drug-free.

The exact cause of migraine is not completely understood, but it has many known triggers. These vary from person to person, but can include things like bright lights, loud noises, certain foods and drinks, hormonal changes, anxiety and stress. The condition does tend to run in families, suggesting that it has a genetic component.

Many headaches and migraines are triggered by muscular tension in the upper back and/or neck. This is most often due to spending too much time seated, and with little or no regard to good posture. This can lead to joint irritation which in turn can lead to muscular tension and consequently headache or migraine.

The spinal adjustment performed by chiropractors can relieve this tension by restoring the correct shape of the neck and spine. This also facilitates the proper functioning of the spine and the central nervous system. As well as reducing tension and pain, this promotes optimal functioning of the body as a whole.

Massage is also often used by practitioners to compliment spinal adjustment. It can be highly effective in relieving stress and muscular tension. Researchers at the Miami School of Medicine found that massage increased serotonin levels in migraine sufferers, reduced the occurrence of headaches and alleviated distress symptoms.

When investigating any condition, chiropractors also give a good deal of attention to their patient's lifestyle. With migraine, this is in order to address any factors that could trigger or worsen it. Posture (particularly when seated) and overall body use habits are explored and advice is given where appropriate. Relaxation techniques may also be recommended, as well as exercise if need be.

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