Chiropractic treatment for migraines an introduction

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.

brain-fog 2Chiropractic management of migraine

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.

Chronic migraine and chiropractic treatment

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/

 

Cranial Nerves and Their Function’s

 

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:

  1. Olfactory – linked to the sense of smell
  2. Optic – linked to vision

iii. Oculomotor – connected to eye movement and dilating the pupils

  1. Trochlear – also connected to eye movement, particularly eyelids and eyeball
  2. Trigeminal – linked to facial sensation and chewing
  3. Abducens – linked to side-to-side eye movement

vii. Facial – controls facial movements, taste and sensory information from the ear

viii. Vestibulocochlear – relates to hearing and sense of balance

  1. Glossopharyngeal – controls muscles for swallowing and our sensation of taste
  2. Vagus – motor function to the larynx, modulates heart rate and digestive organs
  3. Spinal Accessory – controls the muscles responsible for head movement

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.