With the Migraine Research Foundation reporting that migraines affect 38 million adults and children in the United States (more than diabetes and asthma put together), it's not surprising that Dr. Bettencourt treats a lot of headache patients in our Napa office. Eventhough some patients choose to relieve migraine pain with drugs, chiropractic is a wonderful, all-natural alternative that consistently provides positive results.
For instance, one study published in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics involved 127 patients ranging in age from 10 to 70-years-old who struggled with regular (at least monthly) migraines. Each subject engaged in up to 16 chiropractic sessions. The patients noted that their headache frequency, duration, and disability two months before the study began, during the duration of the sessions (which was two months), and two months post-treatment.
What the authors discovered is that chiropractic adjustments reduced the frequency, duration, and disability of the migraine headaches when compared with the control subjects who didn't receive chiropractic. Even better, this allowed them to take less medication for the pain, offering them an all-natural answer for a chronic condition.
Another report found that a combination of chiropractic and neck massage reduced migraine headaches almost 68%.
If you have migraine headache pain and are looking for relief, call Dr. Bettencourt today and request an appointment in our Napa chiropractic office. We'll do what we can to help you become pain-free!
Migraine Fact Sheet. Migraine Research Foundation. Retrieved from http://www.migraineresearchfoundation.org/fact-sheet.html on November 2, 2015
Noudeh Y et al. (2012). Reduction of current migraine headache pain following neck massage and spinal manipulation. International Journal of Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork;5(1):5-13
Tuchin P et al. (2000, February). A randomized controlled trial of chiropractic spinal manipulative therapy for migraine. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics;23(2):91-5