Has anyone ever tried a Chiropractor for migraine pain?

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   Posted 4/18/2008 6:37 PM (GMT -6)   
I have tried everything.....I have an appt. Monday w/a Chiropractor.  Has anyone ever tried this for relief of migraine pain?  Would appreciate any feedback. 

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   Posted 4/22/2008 9:29 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello Painful2,
Depending on the type of migraines or headaches you have, chiropractors can be a big help.  For example, if the headaches are being caused by neck or back problems there is a very good chance that a chiropractor can help you. 
How did your appointment go?  Did you get any relief from your headaches?
Best wishes,
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   Posted 4/28/2008 9:05 PM (GMT -6)   
I have been seeing a chiropractor for my migraines for years. At first I saw him on a regular maintenance to fix the big problems (cheerleading accidents, and car accidents. And now I go for routine things like, I moved furniture and popped my back or neck out which aggravates me and causes more migraines. But I definitely see a difference after an adjustment. I hope it works for you too.

Good Luck!

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   Posted 7/4/2008 3:31 PM (GMT -6)   
Yes.  I have been going to chiro for years for my migraines.  I have gone from the dibilitating type of migraines where you just lay in bed for days to the aura and then I can pop a few Advil and go to the chiro for an adjustment.  Mine however are definitely caused from my neck.  My neck is always out when I go in there with a migraine.  I recently went 11 months migraine free which was a record.  You have to learn what you can and can't do.  I was recently hanging blinds and tweeked my neck and have had four small migraines in the last two weeks.  Make sure he does adjustments to the atlas bone and that is a big culprit for people with neck problems who experience migraine.  Also keep it up.  If he says come in twice a week for awhile, do it.  I have maintenance every month, every two weeks if I am having a flare up.  You won't have success if you don't  keep at it.  Also first sign of a migraine (mine is the aura) head to the chiro and get an adjustment.  The sooner the better for relief.   Good luck to you and hope yours is successful.

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   Posted 7/4/2008 4:35 PM (GMT -6)   
I haven't had migraines for years, since I stopped oral contraceptives. But my mother had terrible migraines regular as clockwork every month. She'd be sick in bed in a dark room for three days (this was before any of the new drugs aimed at migraine.) In desparation, she went to a chiropractor and had almost complete relief from them. He told her she had one leg slightly shorter than the other, prescribed a shoe insert and did weekly adjustments at first. Later I think she cut back to every other week. It was the only thing that ever relieved her headaches.

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   Posted 7/6/2008 3:01 AM (GMT -6)   

I spent about seven months going to a chiropractor, and she did nothing for my migraines.  Didn't help with my back problems either.  She's supposed to be very highly regarded in the profession, and she had the worst bedside manner I've ever experienced.  Thousands of dollars down the tube and not a moment of pain relief.

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   Posted 7/25/2008 9:23 PM (GMT -6)   
i went out of desperation due to having migranes and/or migrane like headaches that happened weekly and lasted days. I find that my migranes are now less frequent (think once or twice a month) and they also do not hurt as much down my neck and shoulders. my advice....try it! can't hurt anything but the checkbook and migrane meds are super expensive....

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   Posted 4/12/2012 8:11 AM (GMT -6)   
This is a very old thread but I am a new member and I am a new migraine suffer. I'm desperate for relief and I am considering going to a chiropractor. I was hoping for some updated responses.  Is there anyone out there that can add some updated information?

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   Posted 4/13/2012 2:11 AM (GMT -6)   
I get them too. Having "said" that, I'm also a stroke survivor, and I can't tell you how many survivors there are due to a stroke that happened when they had their necks adjusted. The usual scenario is going into the office for something routine, and then leaving in an ambulance.
I know getting relief from pain that can last for days is a HUGE draw, it just scares the *$% out of me. PLEASE find another way! (Migraine pain ends, strokes are for life!!)

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   Posted 4/14/2012 9:51 PM (GMT -6)   
My info is "old" but new for this thread, LOL. I started seeing a Chiropractor in 1991 after suffering from migraines for nearly 20 years. After a couple of months they stopped and stayed stopped for 6 years. Then when I was pregnant with my second child they came back but weren't as bad as they'd been before plus the better type of migraine meds were available. Later my migraines were mostly hormonal. More recently they've been getting more frequent, I'm not sure if that is caused by the meds I'm on for Fibromyalgia or age or something else.

So...long story short, yes, I think the chiropractor helped. ;)

Mom to three
Newly diagnosed with FM, Migraines, IBS, hearing loss, tinnitus
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