The Australian Bureau of Statistics report of 1995 provided some interesting statistics on headache in Australia. The highest prevalence was in the 25 - 44 age group and 54% of all analgesics (pain relief meds) overall were taken for headache pain. In addition, an estimated two million people suffer the misery of migraine in Australia. To put that into perspective, it is higher than the number suffering from either diabetes or coronary heart disease.
Everyone expects to get the occasional headache, but if bouts of headache or migraine become a frequent occurrence, the regular use, or over-use, of pain medications can lead to more problems with 'rebound' headaches and even addiction to the meds used. In addition, pain can become more intense when the medication wears off and the drugs themselves can potentially cause serious side effects.
Why Choose Chiropractic for Headache and Migraine?
Put simply, pain relief medications can only ever treat the symptoms of the problem whereas Chiropractic care treats the cause. This approach is designed to decrease the frequency of attacks and the severity of pain experienced, without the use of prescription drugs or over the counter medications.
If headache or migraine is affecting your quality of life and you are suffering from chronic pain or repeated bouts of debilitating migraine, it is time to take action! Call Eastland Family Chiropractic for an initial assessment on 03 9095 7990 and to find out more about the methods we use to treat these problems.
Our Drug-Free Approach
One of the techniques we use in diagnosing and treating headache and migraine is Applied Kinesiology, using muscle testing to discover the weaknesses and imbalances in the body's systems that could be causing your symptoms and applying gentle Chiropractic techniques to correct these.
We also look at nutrition , possibly using the ALCAT test to measure any adverse reactions to dietary foodstuffs. This 'antigen leukocyte antibody test' is just one resource we uses to help determine whether a specific food or group of foods could be causing the problem. Likely culprits are:-
- Solanines. These are foods from the nightshade family of plants and include tomatoes and potatoes
- Gluten. This is a protein found in wheat, barley, oats and other grain cereals and can be present in many foods in addition to the obvious ones such as bread, cake and breakfast cereal
- Casein. This is the primary protein found in milk and is also present in cheeses, yogurt and other dairy products
We use targeted nutrition techniques, not a general approach and may suggest a five-week food elimination challenge to 'hone in' on the food or foods to avoid.
We often refer patients with migraine and headache to get some blood tests done by their GP. We would be looking at levels of Folate and B12 and the maturation of red blood cells. We can also test for oxygen saturation of red blood cells.
Your Chiropractic Treatment
There is definitely no 'one size fits all' Chiropractic treatment for patients suffering from the pain of headache and migraine. The appropriate treatment for you may be completely different from that for another person with similar symptoms.
This is why, at Eastland Family Chiropractic, we always use a patient questionnaire and a comprehensive preliminary assessment before beginning treatment. This enables us to advise you on the precise cause of your problem and to agree a treatment plan for you as an individual, so that the best possible outcome in your specific case can be achieved.