Physical Medicine for Migraine
Robyn Prescott, ND

According to the International Headache Society guidelines, the Global Burden of Disease Survey 2010 found that “migraines were ranked as the third most prevalent disorder and the seventh-highest specific cause of disability worldwide.”1 Migraines cause patients a substantial amount of pain and discomfort, reduce their productivity at work, prevent many activities of daily living, and can result in significant impediments to lifestyle.2 Migraine headaches are characterized by moderate-to-severe pulsating, unilateral pain, generally with associated photophobia and/or nausea. Symptoms are usually worsened by physical activity and often last from 4-72 hours without treatment.1 Due to the condition’s prevalence, severity, and impact on a patient’s life, it is imperative to find a treatment modality that is both quickly effective and has lasting effects. This case study demonstrates the effectiveness of cervical adjustments in conjunction with trigger-point release of associated hypertonic muscles in decreasing frequency and intensity of migraines in a young female patient. Read More