Chiropractic treatment involves moving, stretching and manipulating the spine. Chiropractic therapy does not include drugs or surgery, but uses X-rays and other exams to analyze how the patient’s spine might impact the patient’s health. Chiropractors use devices such as shoe inserts, braces, straps and other tools. They also advise patients on lifestyle issues such as exercise, nutrition and managing stress.
There aren’t many large studies on the value of chiropractic treatment in managing migraines. One study examined chiropractic treatment for different types of headaches, including migraines. The study combined the results of 22 studies, which had more than 2,600 patients total. The studies show that chiropractic treatment may serve as a good preventive treatment for migraines.
Another trial found that 22 percent of people who had chiropractic treatment saw the number of attacks drop 90 percent. In that same study, 49 percent said they had a significant reduction in pain intensity.
One study of 127 migraine sufferers in Australia found that those that received chiropractic treatment had fewer attacks and needed to take less medication. The 1999 study found that more than 80 percent of the patients blamed stress for leading to their migraine attacks. Therefore researchers believe chiropractic care might physically help reduce the body’s reaction to stress.
References: 13 March 2017 https://migraine.com/complimentary-and-alternative-therapies/chiropractic-therapy/
Did you know that there are 12 pairs of cranial nerves that perform some highly sophisticated functions? Some of these direct the activities of our muscles, some relay information from the sensory organs to the brain, and some are linked to internal organs such as the heart and lungs. Injuries to the neck and head can affect these nerves, leading to many ailments besides just headaches and neck pain! Copied 13 March 2017 www.choosenatural.com
Each of the cranial nerves is referred to by Roman Numerals:
iii. Oculomotor – connected to eye movement and dilating the pupils
vii. Facial – controls facial movements, taste and sensory information from the ear
viii. Vestibulocochlear – relates to hearing and sense of balance
xii. Hypoglossal – controls the muscles of the tongue
Of course, any type of disease, injury or accident to a cranial nerve may affect the functioning of what that specific nerve controls. Just as chiropractors can test the functioning of nerves that exit along your spine, there are tests which can reveal whether each cranial nerve is functioning properly.