Headaches are frustrating and can make you miss out on important moments and events. But even worse than a normal tension headache is a migraine. Characterized by throbbing, pulsing pain that is often worse on one side of the head, migraines can also bring about nausea, vomiting, weakness, dizziness, and sensitivity to light and sound. Migraines can sometimes be triggered by external factors, but they stem from the spine and can completely sideline you from your daily life. They can last for just a few hours or they can go on for days, leaving migraine sufferers desperate for relief.
Migraines can be linked to a misalignment in the spine, most commonly in the neck or cervical spine. This means one or several vertebrae are slightly twisted or turned, which can be caused by just about anything—sleeping in a new position, twisting or turning your body in a strange way, or even a slip or fall. These misalignments, also called subluxations, put extreme pressure on the nearby nerves or soft tissue. This pressure can lead to pain at the site but more commonly cause messages to and from the brain to be interrupted and misinterpreted, leading to dysfunction and problems throughout the entire body. One such problem is migraine headaches.
When Dr. Cary Gentry meets someone who suffers from migraines, he is quick to provide a thorough assessment of the spine to look for any misalignments that may be causing them. He then adjusts the spine gently and precisely in order to restore proper alignment and bring about improved function. This process helps the body to heal itself from the inside out and minimize problems and pain. A chiropractic adjustment relieves the pressure on the spinal cord and nerves so that messages can be transferred more efficiently and so that the body can self-correct as needed. This is vastly different from the traditional methods of treating migraines with medication, which can bring about a slew of side-effects and only provides a short-term cover-up of the problem. Medicine does not get to the root cause of the migraine or correct it for future improvement, but chiropractic care does exactly that.
When function is restored to the body with natural, safe chiropractic adjustments, it helps create a healthier body and central nervous system by getting to the heart of the problem. Fixing the issue at its root will not only reduce the severity of migraines, but it will also reduce their frequency, bringing substantial and much-needed relief to migraine sufferers. Bozeman chiropractor Dr. Cary Gentry is passionate about helping those looking for natural relief from their pain and discomfort, and he has seen a great deal of success in helping individuals overcome chronic migraines.
To learn more about chiropractic care for migraines or to schedule your consultation with Bozeman chiropractor Dr. Cary Gentry, get in touch with him and his team at Waypoint Chiropractic.
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Besides back pain, headaches are actually the most common reason cited for visits to the chiropractor. It is estimated that over 37 million people in the United States suffer from severe headaches. While many people never seek out the root cause of their headaches and assume it’s a normal ailment, those who visit a Bozeman chiropractor know that proper spinal adjustments can offer long-term relief from the pain of headaches.Read More