A migraine is a type of headache that occurs as an attack. This attack can last between 4 hours to several days (72 hours). Approximately one out of five people suffering from migraines also present “auras”.
Migraine auras are disorders that appear before, and sometimes during the migraine attack (read more in the paragraph on auras below).
This pain always occurs on one side of the skull, in general behind the eye, in the temple and can even radiate up to the back of the skull. The pain usually throbbing and is often described as hammer hits.
Sometimes, the pain can radiate to the neck. These pains are often a handicap to daily activities.
We know very little about what creates these symptoms. The current hypothesis is that it’s a neurovascular disease with a genetic aspect. Feminine hormones are sometimes described as aggravating factors.
Migraine auras: the vast majority of auras are visual (80 to 90%). The patient is very sensitive to light (photophobia), sees black, shiny or geometrical spots or zones in the visual field.
The patient can also present neurological symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, phonophobia (sensitivity or difficulty supporting sound), tingling or numbness, irritability, arterial tension drops, fatigue, loss of appetite, perspiration, yawning, urges to urinate, difficulty to concentrate or to find words, and so on.
Can chiropractic cure migraines?
Chiropractors have observed that a vast majority of patients under chiropractic care experience a decrease in the frequency and intensity of migraine attacks. Sometimes, migraines are completely cured. However, this result cannot be guaranteed for everyone.
Regarding migraines with auras, chiropractors also observed a decrease and even the disappearance of one or several of the auras. The joint treatment of conventional medicine and chiropractic generally offers very good results in the case of migraines.
In a nutshell, even though results may vary, chiropractic care is an effective treatment for migraines. It usually relieves a lot of the negative impacts that migraines have on the patient’s life. Under chiropractic care, it is pretty rare that the migraine remains as much of a handicap as before.