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Can a Chiropractor Cure Your Migraines?


Do you suffer from migraines?


Going to a chiropractor to tackle your migraines may have never crossed your mind, but did you know they are a very effective treatment for migraines? Not for simply assisting with pain relief, but fixing the root of the problem. Leaving you to live a migraine free life.

This post is going to look into migraines, what causes them and how visiting a chiropractor may be the solution to your migraines.


What is a migraine?


According to healthdirect.gov.au:



‘Many people who have migraines feel vaguely unwell for a day or two beforehand.

Some people get what is called an aura. Some people see flashing lights or a change in their vision, some find problems with their speech, and some feel pins and needles in their arms and legs. This can happen before or during a migraine."


"When the headache starts, it is usually severe. Your head throbs, and it might hurt to see bright lights or hear noises. You might feel sick, and you might vomit. This can last anywhere between a few hours and a few days.’

What causes a migraine?


Nobody is sure of what causes a migraine, however, a number of environmental stimulants and physical and emotional stresses are known to trigger them, these include:


Certain foods/drinks

  • Aged foods such as aged cheeses

  •  Salty foods

  • Processed foods

  • Chocolate 

  • Artificial sweeteners and additives

  • Caffeine

  • Red wine

Physical/emotional Stresses


  • Changes in sleeping patterns

  • Vigorous exercise

  • Stress

  • Dehydration

  • Hormonal changes

  • Medication

Environmental Stimulants


  • Smells- Perfume, smoke, paint ect.

  • Changes in the weather

  • Bright Lights 

  • Computer Screens


What type of people are affected by migraines?


Anyone can be affected by migraines, however, there are certain categories you may fall into which may make you more susceptible to migraines:


  • Genetics- Having a family history of migraines may make you more susceptible- 90% of migraine sufferers have a family history of them. 

  • Age- Although migraines can happen at any age, sufferers usually have their first migraine before the age of 40 

  • Gender- Women are more likely to suffer from migraines

  • Women experiencing hormonal changes whether that be menstruation, pregnancy or menopause 


How can seeing a chiropractor help your migraines?


Studies have shown that chiropractic care can prevent and alleviate migraines. Evidence shows that this is a result of chiropractic care decreasing stress levels in the body.  Stress is one of the major and most common triggers for migraine sufferers.

Studies have also shown that for some migraine sufferers their migraines originate from the spine. Misalignment of the spine can cause nerve irritation, as these nerves are connected to the brain, this nerve irritation then causes a chemical imbalance within the brain, triggering a migraine. Treating the misalignment of the spine in turn treats the chemical imbalance within the brain, and therefore the migraine. 

If you are suffering from migraines, book a consultation with one of our chiropractors to find out more, you can do this by calling 075449 7958 or following the links on our website to book online.