Chiropractic Relief for Migraines

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Chiropractors offer a way of treating migraines that is more natural and holistic. They don’t rely on pharmaceutical methods to treat these painful headaches.

Instead, chiropractors rely on methods such as massage, spinal manipulation, readjustment and even acupuncture. Methods like these tend to offer some migraine sufferers a way of controlling pain that they have not known through other methods.


Saying the word massage conjures up images of a relaxing day at the spa. It’s true that massage can be a wonderfully relaxing but it is also an excellent way of dealing with tight, painful muscle spasms. Many people who suffer from migraines understand what it is like to live with tight muscles that tend to spasm and tighten on their own. Sometimes these spasms actually cause their migraines. A chiropractor can use ultrasound from an ultrasound machine along with deep tissue massage to find relief for a migraine patient. Some patients have such great success that they return on a regular basis to receive this treatment.

Here’s an example of chiropractic massage:

Spinal Manipulation

An article by Rebecca S. Fischer, D.C., F.I.A.C.A., reports that 78% of all headaches can be related to biomechanical problems in the upper cervical spine and these can be effectively treated by a chiropractor. Spinal manipulation is another tool that is used by chiropractors to help realign the spine back into its natural position. Having the spine realigned will support the proper blood flow and nerve conduction that the body needs.

Periodic Adjustment

Periodic adjustment is a method of keeping the spine and cervical bones aligned properly. To do this a patient must return on a frequent basis for treatment. The method helps to provide relief by reducing the number of migraines that a patient suffers from. After realizing the benefits, many people will return to their chiropractor on a periodic basis to obtain this therapy. Some people even report being able to feel when their spine and cervical bones are becoming misaligned.


Acupuncture is another common method of migraine relief that is utilized by chiropractors. Chiropractors have special training that is taken to do Acupuncture. The Acupuncture method has been used for centuries by the Chinese culture as a method of reducing and relieving chronic pain. The Mayo Clinic website reports that Acupuncture involves a method of strategically placing pins at varying lengths into the body. Acupuncture helps to reduce pain during a migraine attack and can ultimately reduce the number of recurring migraines a person suffers from.