Simple- none of the other treatment options addressed the underlying cause of the issues I was having. The brain of persons with migraines tend to be hyperexcitable which can predispose the person to these debilitating episodes. Additonaly, migraines and headaches have multiple triggers, many of which can be related back to the muscles and joints of the cervical spine (neck) as well as the upper and midback. At this point in my life, I was spending a large amount of time looking down. Cell phones were becoming popular and I was in school looking at books and sitting with terrible posture. My daily activities were setting me up for failure when it came to my neuromusculoskeletal health.
Spinal manipulation is thought to reduce pain though many mechanisms including activation of the central nervous system, disruption of the pain-muscle spasm- pain cycle, reduction of mechanical triggers like tight muscles and poor joint mechanics, and elevated endorphin levels. Research shows that spinal manipulation has a positive effect on reduction of migraine intensity as well as frequency of attacks. Even more, side effects and risks of spinal manipulation are very low and no chemical alterations of your body are required with this form of treatment.
Once I experienced the benefits of chiropractic care, I knew that one day, I would do the same thing for others. Having been through the debilitating discomfort of migraines and headaches throughout much of my childhood, I know first hand how terrible it is to live with these conditions. The good news is….. like me, you may not have to!