When patients suffer from migraines and chronic headaches, the medical team at Active Medical Center offers effective chiropractic care to relieve the pain and promote optimal function to prevent future headaches from occurring.
Migraine Q & A
What causes migraines?
While everyone experiences headaches from time to time, migraines are extremely painful headaches that are often accompanied by nausea and sensitivity to light and sound. Over 28 million Americans experience migraines and often struggle to find effective treatment. A patient’s family medical history is a factor in his or her likelihood of experiencing migraines. Those with parents who experience migraines are much more likely to experience these headaches. Also, certain foods and allergies can trigger migraines. Hormonal fluctuations can also trigger migraines. Many women suffer from migraines at some point during their menstrual cycle. Migraines are also caused by conditions affecting the blood vessels and nerves in the face, head, and neck.
How does chiropractic care relieve migraines?
Chiropractic care is an excellent drug-free alternative treatment for migraines. In many cases, impingements in the head and neck cause migraines and a chiropractic adjustment can relieve pressure and irritation. Patients may also benefit from deep tissue massage and myofascial release to release muscle knots or trigger points that can cause migraines and headaches. Both chiropractic adjustments and manual soft tissue manipulation improve circulation and lymphatic drainage. These treatments promote healing and help to rid the muscles and other tissues of built-up toxins. The medical team at Active Medical Center also offers MiRx treatments for migraines.
What is MiRx?
MiRx is a nasal spray analgesic which numbs and releases the Sphenopalatine Ganglion, which is a nerve cluster known to cause migraines and headaches. However, this nerve cluster is located deep in the nasal cavity, where normal nasal sprays can’t reach. At Active Medical Center, the doctor or nurse practitioner will use a specialized longer and thinner applicator to spray the anesthetic directly onto the nerve cluster. Treatment takes less than a minute and most patients experience immediate headache relief. MiRx allows patients to avoid taking prescription medication or relying on over the counter medications. MiRx is also safe for pregnant women. In clinical trials, MiRx provides long-term relief from migraines and headaches as well as instant pain relief. The number of treatments needed depends on the specific needs of the individual patient.