Migraines are a commonly misunderstood condition, often lumped in with other types of headaches. Migraine is not just a bad headache. It is actually a neurological disorder that can have incapacitating neurological symptoms including, but not limited to, visual disturbances, dizziness, nausea, vomiting, extreme sensitivity to light, sound, smell and touch, as well as numbness or tingling in the face or extremities. Migraines affect 12% of the U.S population (39 million).
Migraines can occur for a variety of reasons. Gray’s Anatomy states that every organ, system and function of the human body is under direct control of the nervous system. Your brain controls everything in your body. It sends signals to every part of your body. These signals travel down from the brain, through the brainstem and spinal cord, then out through the nerves to every part of your body. Some of these nerves go back up to your head. Sometimes the bones of your spine, which are designed to protect these delicate nerve structures, can become misaligned and get stuck. This is known as a subluxation. A subluxation, especially in the upper part of your neck, can put abnormal tension on your brainstem and spinal cord. This in turn causes abnormal function of the nerves in these structures and may lead to a wide variety of neurological symptoms, including migraines.
Medications can help to temporarily dull the symptoms of migraines, but they do not address the cause. If the cause is due to spinal misalignments (subluxations), the best course of treatment is to correct the misalignments. Chiropractic corrects these misalignments, allowing the nervous system to function at its optimal level.
People typically call us for migraine relief after they have tried other treatments with minimal success and the migraines are interfering with something they need to do, want to do or love to do. When a patient comes in, Dr. David Iszler will do an in-depth consultation to find out factors that may be contributing to the migraines. He will then do a chiropractic examination. Depending on what he finds during the examination, he may take x-rays to further evaluate your condition so he can formulate a plan to best help you with your condition. He will then go over his findings with you and answer any questions you may have regarding your condition as well as give you his treatment recommendations to get you back to enjoying life.
Trinity Chiropractic offers the newest chiropractic technique available to gently correct your misalignments. He is Advanced Proficiency Certified in Torque Release Technique (TRT), which provides very gentle and specific neurologically based chiropractic adjustments without twisting and popping. Other treatments available are our state-of-the-art Class IV deep tissue therapeutic laser to decrease pain from migraine. Electrical stimulation is another option to help decrease pain and muscle tension. Dr. Iszler also focuses on spinal and postural rehabilitation to address the structures that support your spine to speed your progress along and make more permanent changes. Our focus is to address the underlying cause of your pain rather than merely chasing your symptoms so you can get back to doing the things you love to do.
Frequently asked questions:
Q: Can chiropractic help migraines?
A: Yes. We are often able to provide lasting migraine relief where medications have failed.
Q: Do the adjustments hurt?
A: No. Dr. Iszler is Advanced Proficiency Certified in the newest technique in chiropractic, called Torque Release Technique (TRT). This technique provides very gentle and specific adjustments to the one bone that needs it without twisting and popping so commonly associated with chiropractic adjustments.
Q: How does the doctor determine where to adjust me?
A: Dr. Iszler uses a series of deep tendon reflexes to determine exactly where to adjust. Deep tendon reflexes are a window into the nervous system, so he can adjust only the bone that needs it.
Q: Can laser treatments help with migraines?
A: Yes. Laser therapy can help treat migraines by increasing local microcirculation, increasing your body’s feel-good chemical (serotonin), releasing your body’s naturally occurring pain relievers (endorphins) and altering the levels of enzymes that your body needs for your nervous system to function properly (cholinesterase).
Q: What causes migraines?
A: There are various causes for migraines. One cause is spinal misalignment in the upper neck that creates irritation to the delicate nerve structures in the area, resulting in migraine.
Q: What additional services do you offer for migraine treatment?
A: In addition to our gentle chiropractic adjustments, we offer spinal and postural rehabilitation to address the structures that support your spine, so you can reduce stresses to your spine that may be contributing to your migraines.