As one of the healthcare’s globally fastest growing professions, Chiropractic has earned recognition for its remarkable effectiveness through the use of natural, non-invasive and drugless methods of treatment. So, now you ask yourself, what do chiropractors do? Even though its roots go back to old Egyptians, Hindus and Chinese, the larger sense of chiropractic has been attributed to Dr. Daniel David Palmer.

Chiropractic is a form of alternative medicine that emphasizes diagnosis, treatment and prevention of the musculoskeletal system’s mechanical disorders, especially the spine, under the belief that these disorders affect general Health through the nervous system.

It can also address to a large variety of conditions such as: neurological problems, pregnancy-related symptoms, back, neck and hip pain, Scoliosis, ear infections, Asthma and many others.

The green light to easing the pain of migraines

Migraines are extremely painful, recurring headaches and to make it all complete, they are often accompanied by other symptoms such as dizziness, vertigo, fatigue or nausea. Many of us have a tendency to go straight to the drugs cabinet and take whatever painkiller is at reach. But is this the way go? Specialists say no. Chiropractic can be highly effective in naturally treating such conditions.

According to the NHS, more than 10 million Britons experience painful headaches on a regularly basis.

In February 2016, 62 women with ages between 18 and 65 years old took part in a research conducted by the European Journal of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine. The aim of the study was to whether chiropractic adjustments can actually improve the condition. As it seems, individuals who received spinal manipulations for 1 month, declared “improvements in their physical role, bodily pain, and social functioning”.

How does a chiropractor help?

A chiropractor will perform various spinal adjustments and movements, usually with his or her hands. These adjustments are designed to correct identified problems also known as subluxations and allow you to regain movement and alleviate the pain.

A popular theory states that migraines are a result of chemical imbalance which takes place in our brains.

The main idea on which chiropractic is based argues that our bodies have an innate power of healing themselves, which is exactly like when you get a cut, you don’t actually need a Band-Aid for the wound to heal, the skin regrows and the blood circulation is restored and you are as good as new in as little as a few days.

It is thought that these horrible headaches are caused by a trigger, such as certain foods, stress or hormones, which make the blood vessels to dilate in the brain and cause pain. Also, misalignments in the spine can alter the communication between the brain and the body causing pain. Chiropractors usually recommend gentle stretches of the neck (only performed by certified specialists), but each person is as we already know, different, so a proper evaluation is required before taking a course of action.

The most common chiropractic manipulation used involve the upper two cervical vertebrae, paired with adjustments to the cervical and thoracic spine.

With a continuously rising list of medications, natural supplements, exercises and new diets to deal with migraines, the question must be asked: Are these products and approaches really making a difference?