New Research on Hemiplegic Migraines

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New Research on Hemiplegic Migraines

Research Shows Chiropractic May Ease Suffering

Recent research reported in the Annals of Vertebral Subluxation Research reveals that chiropractic may play an important role in helping patients with severe migraines. The research reports on a 36-year-old woman with an over a 15 year history of debilitating migraines.

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“Research is revealing that structural shifts in spinal alignment and the nerve obstruction they cause may be a factor in a number of disorders and can result in a host of health problems including migraines because the body’s homeostatic mechanism is thrown off” stated Dr. Matthew McCoy a chiropractor, public health researcher and editor of the journal that published the study.  Other chiropractic researchers have reported on similar results in regards to migraines and chiropractic.

McCoy added “If you damage or compress or otherwise interfere with the neurological structures in the spine this can have far reaching implications on the functioning of the body. Through research reports like this we are finding that correcting the structural abnormalities associated with these spinal problems reduces the nerve obstructions and people experience improvement. In this study it was resolution of severe migraines.” 

The patient reported on in this study was a 36-year-old female suffering from hemiplegic migraines with numbness and paralysis on the left side of her body including her face for over 15 years. Medications did not help her. 

The chiropractor examined her, took x-rays and found structural shifts in her neck, mid and low back. These structural shifts can lead to obstruction of the nerves and it is this obstruction, called vertebral subluxations, that chiropractors correct.  

The woman was adjusted by the chiropractor and she experienced complete resolution of her migraines following care. The study’s authors called for additional research to investigate the clinical implications of chiropractic in this population of patients. 

Contact Information:

Matthew McCoy DC, MPH
Annals of Vertebral Subluxation Research> McCoy Press