Should All Patients with a Migraine See a Chiropractor in Mesa?

Ok..given my bias everyone probably knows my answer here when it comes to chiropractic in Mesa.
It never ceases to amaze me when a patient has had headaches for years or even decades that have never been to a chiropractor.  Given the evidence, it really should be considered malpractice (lack of informed consent) for a neurologist to NOT refer to a doctor of chiropractic for an evaluation of any headache patient.
And yet the referral to a chiropractor who specializes in soft tissue treatment of the neck almost never happens.  It is the migraine sufferer that loses out.
Just how common is neck pain in migraine headache sufferers?  This particular article looks at this question in 113 migraineurs, who had headache frequencies ranging from episodic to chronic migraine.  These headaches sufferers were examined by headache medicine specialists to confirm the diagnosis of migraine and rule out both cervicogenic headache and fibromyalgia.
For each attack over the next few months, sufferers recorded the whether nausea was present as well as the intensity of headache and neck pain (graded as none, mild, moderate, or severe).  Here’s what they found:
  • There were 2411 headache days, 786 of which were migraines.
  • The majority of migraines were in the moderate pain stage.
  • Regardless of the intensity of headache pain, neck pain was a more frequently present than was nausea.
  • Those diagnosed with chronic daily headache were more likely to have neck pain.

So what does this mean?  From a standard migraine approach, this means that, although the presence of nausea is a characteristic of a migraine headache, neck pain (which is not a characteristic) is actually more common.

From my standpoint of almost 20 years of treating migraine patients, we have totally, absolutely missed the ball.  Since most headache specialist do not touch the patient and wouldn’t even know how to treat problems in the neck is he or she found them, these patients are mis-diagnosed.

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had patients come in with a diagnosis of “migraine” only to have the headaches go away with soft tissue treatment of the neck structures combined with manipulation.  These were NOT migraines.  Migraines generally do not respond as well to manual therapies, but most often need a lifestyle overhaul to manage the headaches.

The bottom line?  Neck pain is strongly associated with headaches.  If you have headaches, it is absolutely essential for you to find a chiropractor competent in soft tissue treatment to see if this will help.

James Bogash

For more than a decade, Dr. Bogash has stayed current with the medical literature as it relates to physiology, disease prevention and disease management. He uses his knowledge to educate patients, the community and cyberspace on the best way to avoid and / or manage chronic diseases using lifestyle and targeted supplementation.


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2 thoughts on “Should All Patients with a Migraine See a Chiropractor in Mesa?

  1. Best way to find a ‘soft tissue’ specialist in my area? Have you heard of RBTI for healing the body and esp. hypoglycemia in epilepsy? If so, thoughts?

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