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How Can Chiropractic Care Help Migraine Headaches

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Migraines can cause a pulsing or pounding sensation in your head. It often happens near one portion of your head. You might have vomiting, nausea, or other symptoms. For instance, some people are more sensitive to light during a migraine. Did you know that migraines are the third most common health condition in the world? Keep reading to learn more about migraine headaches and why you might want to see a chiropractor for migraines.

Symptoms of Migraines

Before a migraine, some people might have warning signs called auras. That can happen with or before the headache. There might be light flashes, visual disturbances, or blind spots. You might notice that you have a tingling sensation on the side of the face. The headache often comes back, and it can cause moderate or severe pain in the area. You might have pulsing pain in your head. Doing physical activity can be difficult because it can often worsen the symptoms of the condition. Sound, physical movement, and light can all aggravate the condition. You might have pain for four hours to three days or longer. Other symptoms include sensitivity to smell and sound. Or you might have vomiting and nausea. This means you might wish to get chiropractic treatment for migraine headaches.

What Are Migraine Triggers?

There are many triggers, including worry and stress. During stressful times, your brain might emit specific chemicals that can combat the situation, activating your fight or flight response. But those can lead to migraines. Some people are sensitive to food preservatives or specific chemicals. That might include some beverages or foods, like chocolate or aged cheese. Too much caffeine is a common trigger of the condition, and withdrawing from it can also cause issues. If you abruptly withdraw from the substance, you might be more likely to have a headache. That is because the blood vessels get used to caffeine, and if you do not have it, you might get a headache. By itself, caffeine might help to treat a migraine. Still, you might find that chiropractic care for migraine headaches does a better job.

How Chiropractic Care Can Help With Migraine Headaches

The type of migraine you have will determine how well chiropractic care for headaches works. You can usually expect to have some form of spinal manipulation and passive and active massages and exercise. These are useful for managing and preventing headaches. Cervical spine manipulation involves the chiropractor using a device or their hands to control a force getting applied to certain spine areas. You might hear some popping when that force gets directed to the neck region. Aside from headaches, the chiropractor uses this technique on people with pain in the neck, upper back, shoulder, and arm.

Closing Thoughts

Nearly one in four households have someone that regularly gets migraines. That is problematic because there are limited treatments available. The good news is that seeing a chiropractor migraine specialist might help mitigate your issues.

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About Dr. Terry McSweeney

Dr. McSweeney was born in Cork, Ireland, and has lived in New Jersey since 1986 when he started practicing Chiropractic Medicine in Newark. He opened the door to his private practice “Mount Prospect Health Center,” in 1989, focusing on family and general chiropractic and then expanding to acupuncture and pain management. His bi-cultural background and focus on community collaboration and participation have led him to volunteer opportunities and community leadership roles. Dr.McSweeney graduated from undergraduate school at McNeese University in Lake Charles, Louisiana, and received his chiropractic degree from Texas Chiropractic College.  Dr. McSweeney is certified in Manipulation Under Anesthesia and is a member of both the New Jersey Chiropractic Society and American Chiropractic Society; he is also a board member of the Mount Prospect Partnership and director of Mayor Quintana’s Health Program.

About Mount Prospect Health Center

Mount Prospect Health Center is a multi-disciplinary medical facility located in Newark, NJ. Our specialties include chiropractic, orthopedics, pain management, and physical therapy. Call (973) 485-2332 to book your appointment and get on the road to recovery! Sources:,sensitivity%20to%20light%20and%20sound.