(Closed) Anyone go to a Chiropractor for migraines?

posted 5 years ago in Wellness
Post # 4
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Buzzing bee

Last fall I slept wrong and ended up with a neck spasm that was triggering migraines.  I tried 2 different tryptan drugs, accupuncture, ice, heat and triggerpoint injections.  After 5 days of unremitting pain I went to the chiropracter.  It was about 50% better after one treatment and after 3 treatments and one VERY painful deep tissue massage it was gone. 

Mine wasn’t a hormonal mechanism, but chiropractic was effective for me.  I think price varies, so best to check around. 

Post # 5
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

When you get these headaches, where do you get them?  (Neck, eyes, etc?)

 

Chiropractors are hit and miss – you could get a good one or you could get a quack.  It doesn’t sound like a chiropractor can help much with what you’re describing.  Think about it – how is cracking your back going to change something hormone induced?  I’ve had headache issues my whole life, been to a chiropractor, and it didn’t really make much difference, in fact the chiropractor GAVE me headaches once by forcing my neck.

 

If your migraines are hormonal, do you mean when you’re PMSing?  If so, a common reason is water retention.  Another common cause is Magnesium deficiency – magnesium deficiency is actually very common, especially in American diets where people don’t eat enough whole grains and greens.  If you’re getting these headaches when you PMS, and you find you crave chocolate when you PMS, try upping your magnesium intake.  For both water retention and magnesium deficiency, eating clean, unprocessed foods and a balanced diet will help.

 

If you find the headache is in your neck, that’s a tension headache, and another common type of headache.  I’m prone to tension headaches, ESPECIALLY when I’m PMSing.  The root cause of this is the muscles around your neck knotting up.  Poor posture, being hunched over a desk, and a bad pillow all can contribute to this.  Even carrying a heavy purse can trigger these.  If you have a desk job, take frequent stretch breaks.  Get a new pillow if you need one.  A Yoga dvd like Crunch Candlelight Yoga will be really good for stetching out your muscles and both curing and preventing headaches.  If your neck is your issue, DO YOGA, or some other sort of stretch-based exercise.  For tension headaches, nothing but stretching fixed this for me.  Once I stop exercising, they come back, so this is something that requires constant maintenance for me.

 

All of the above have helped reduce my headaches.  I think the most important step for you is to identify what KIND of headache you have, and figure things out from there.  Unfortunately, I found what cures headaches isn’t usually addressed with a quick fix like a chiropractor, but lifestyle changes.  If you’re getting frequent headaches, that’s your body’s way of telling you you’re doing things wrong.

Post # 6
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Bumble bee

@abirdword:  so glad you responded! I always get severe headaches around that time of the month & now I’m definitely going to try magnesium! Thank you!

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

I just got back from the chiropractor. I tried to pull my hair back last night and my neck went out, couldn’t move my head in any direction. I’m prone to hormonal migraines and I’m honestly surprised that my neck knotting up so bad didn’t give me one. After stim, a deep massage, and several adjustments I can turn my head again for the most part. I highly doubt what they did would actually help with my migraines except for the ones where one of my symptoms is an aching neck.

As far as prices goes, for people without insurance my chiropractor has a special rate of $45 per visit.

Post # 8
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

@braverbeating:  You’re welcome!  I have to confess I’ll still get a headache the day before my period, and sometimes a headache or two in the PMS window, but since eating better and exercising more I get a lot less of them.

Post # 9
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

Ah, I thought of one more thing that contributes to migraines – ponytails!  It sounds silly, but it’s true!  Eyestrain (common from staring at screens) is a common cause as well.

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I got regularly for migraines but mine are not caused by hormones.  mine are caused by muscle spasms in my neck and shoulders.  My chiropractor is my lifesaver.  I’d mention to the chiro that your migraines are hormone related and see what he/she says.  

I also see my chiropractor for issues with my hips and shoulders.  He’s even adjusted my elbow when I fell on it.  I think it could help but just be open with the provider.  

Post # 12
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Sugar bee

I’ve been for migraines before and I guess it helped but I don’t really know. He wanted me to come back 1-2 times a week and I would rather get weekly massages at that point! It is worth a try though. 

Post # 13
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

Have you tried another method of BC?

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

I get migraines from tension headaches that then causes my body to pretty much freak out and it turns into a migraine.

I do see a chiropractor and it helps relieve the tension to prevent the migraine from happening in the first place. However, massage and acupuncture work the best.

As a massage therapist, I see a lot of clients with migraines as well as regular, nasty headaches. Massage and acupuncture (as well as yoga) effect your physiology in ways that help balance your hormone levels and bring your body to homeostasis. Chiropractic is helpful, but I haven’t found (personally) that it works in the same way.

I network with chiropractors so I do feel a little weird saying this, but PPs are right. Chiros are a hit or miss. Some are complete whack-jobs that think that chiropractic is the answer to EVERYTHING and that they know everything. Many, even the ones who aren’t totally crazy, make me uncomfortable (they love talking down to massage therapists and acupuncturists… personally I believe its because we end up helping their clients just as much if not more and our practices are more enjoyable, but I’ll shut my trap now). I think chiropractic is a good thing, but not always the answer to all problems.

I’d look at your BC first, but definitely try acupuncture. My acupuncturist includes acupressure massage, cupping, and moxabustion which are all super helpful. Massage is fantastic too, but then again I may be biased. =)

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