Notes by Phoenix Chiropractor, Dr. Anthony Montoya. Suffering from migraines is a problem many people face. It is often brought on by periods of high-stress levels, allergies, light sensitivity, eye strain, astigmatism (irregularly shaped corneas), and a lack of sleep to name a few. In search of something to ease the pain, many people who suffer from migraines resort to over the counter (OTC) medication.
However, the problem with this is that long-term OTC use can do more harm than good. Some of the dangers of drug overuse include rebound headaches. A rebound headache is a headache that occurs as a result of using too much pain medication to treat a migraine. Medication overuse may also lead to nausea, forgetfulness, difficulty concentrating, and a feeling of restlessness.
There are natural, safe ways to treat migraines and even post-concussion conditions through chiropractic care. This is especially effective to treat neck pain, upper back pain, and migraine headaches.
The Effects of Long-term OTC Medication to Treat Migraines
While often effective, every over the counter drug has a series of side effects. While it is easy to take this for granted the truth is that it can wreak havoc on your body and cause serious damage to your liver. Patients overusing anti-inflammatory drugs or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen or aspirin could risk developing ulcers, according to doctors at Harvard Health. NSAIDs may also cause stomach bleeding and damage the kidneys. If it is given to under-aged children, it could cause swelling to the brain and kidneys in a condition called Reye’s Syndrome, which is life-threatening.
Non-invasive Treatment for Migraines
Cervical chiropractic treatment is a safe way to manage pain as well as migraine headaches. Sometimes when the spine is misaligned or if a patient is experiencing a spinal subluxation (misalignment of the vertebrae), it often leads to other issues. Poor posture causes the spine to become misaligned. With regular spinal adjustments, the patient can start to feel a difference as the pressure releases in certain parts of the spine.
Upper back chiropractic adjustments include but are not limited to:
- Cervical spinal manipulation: Manual adjustments to allow better range within the restricted joints in the upper back region
- Deep neck exercise: This is a series of neck exercises facilitated by your chiropractic specialist that can help alleviate pain and restore proper posture
Upper Cervical Chiropractic of Arizona Treats Migraines
After reading this, you may find yourself wondering “how do I find chiropractors near me to help with my migraine pain?” It’s important to find an experienced chiropractor who can examine and assess your condition. There are excellent local specialists who can help you without you having to rely solely on over the counter medication. Dr. Anthony Montoya of Upper Cervical Chiropractic of Arizona is a trusted chiropractor experienced in various chiropractic techniques that will help you manage pain in a natural, drug-free way.
Are you suffering from reoccurring migraines? Contact Dr. Montoya today and book your consultation in order to start living a more pain-free life.