"It's not just a headache!" Let's Talk About Migraines.

"It's not just a headache!" Let's Talk About Migraines.

Did you know migraines are 3 times more common in women than in men (Burstein, et al., (2015)? Often debilitating, this headache disorder can last from hours to sometimes days and may leave you feeling exhausted or defeated. The Headache Classification Committee of the Inernational Headache Society (also known as IHS) defines a migraine as a headache in one location, with a pulsating quality and moderate to severe intensity that is aggravated by routine physical activity (Chaibi & Tuchin, 2011). Given that chiropractic is a non-invasive technique, it is often a preferred alternative to options such as dermal fillers, which involves small injections into offending muscles to relieve symptoms.

We now know through current neuroscience research, that if our spine is not moving properly it affects the way our brain perceives what is going on in and around the body. Propper movement of our spine is important because it feeds information to our brain through the tiny muscles closest to our spine and skull which basically work as the "eyes of our spine". However, if our spine has dysfunctional segments that arent moving properly, the information between our spine and brain becomes distorted and for some people this may manifest as headaches. Chiropractic care uses gentle adjustments that restore normal movement of the spine stretching those tiny muscles and allowing the brain to more accurately perceive whats going on allowing It to adapt better to stress.

If you are interested in more information about how Chiropractic care might be beneficial for you, click here to book a consultation with one of our Chiropractor's or give us a call at 07 3351 0933.

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