Can a Cold Stone Massage Help Ease Migraine Symptoms?

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Do your migraine episodes interrupt day-to-day activities like commuting to work, taking care of your loved ones, and running a few errands? Is it getting harder to focus on work tasks because dealing with painful headaches eat up most of your day? Are you frustrated because it seems like you’re the only one experiencing such a horrible condition?

Well, think again! According to statistics, at least 39 million Americans are living with migraine. It's also believed to be the second most disabling disease globally. 

The good thing is that you have quite a lot of options for migraine relief.  Natural options such as upper cervical care or cold stone massage are gaining popularity over the years. So, it may be worth it to explore both so you don’t get stuck in an endless loop of migraine pain and frustration. 

Cold Stone Massage for Migraine

Cold stone massage can bring many benefits, including managing migraine pain and other symptoms. If you get regular massage therapy, you may be able to work around your debilitating migraine symptoms and improve your quality of life. Some even go for a three-pronged approach – aromatherapy, massage therapy, and cold therapy – to help ease migraine symptoms.Let's explore the overall benefits of cold stone massage to your migraine management. Use of cold stones during your massage session help reduce the increased blood flow to the brain. This can lead to the reduction of the pounding sensation you often feel when a migraine attacks. A cold stone massage is also believed to decrease pain and blood vessel inflammation or swelling.The use of cold stones than ice is less intense and does not increase your risk of damaging the skin due to possible ice burns. Below are some more benefits of a cold stone massage:

  • Decrease muscle soreness
  • Ease discomfort
  • Pull excess heat from the body
  • Relax muscle spasms

Usually, the cold stones narrow your blood vessels, but as soon as they are removed, these blood vessels will dilate, leading to fresh blood and oxygen returning to the area. 

Upper Cervical Care: A Go-to Migraine Relief Option

Besides cold stone massage, you might want to supplement your migraine-fighting efforts with upper cervical care. That’s because migraines are largely linked to neck bone misalignments and brainstem malfunction. Notably, both issues don’t resolve on their own; instead, you will need help correcting the misalignments of the atlas and axis bones to help your body cope better. As we always explain to patients, injuries from your past can all contribute to the misalignments of the C1 and C2 bones. Over time, the bones displaced by torn connective tissues after a neck or head trauma can impact your brainstem. If you’re not quite sure if you’ve had neck or head trauma before, we suggest looking at some of the scenarios below. In most cases, these injuries can cause connective tissues to tear and your atlas and axis bones to shift. Read more about them below:

  • Falling off your motorbike or bicycle
  • Hurting your head while playing football, basketball, or other contact sports
  • Riding in bump car, rollercoaster, or ferris wheel
  • Suffering from a whiplash or concussion injury due to water park slides
  • Falling off a swing or slide when you were a child
  • Suffering from birth-related neck or head injuries

When your brainstem malfunctions due to your cervical spine misalignment, your brain signals become distorted. This can trigger different symptoms as well, including migraine-like symptoms. Therefore, upper cervical chiropractic adjustments are highly recommended in dealing with misalignments and restoring the brainstem's function.cold stone massage, Upper Cervical Care

Consult With An Upper Cervical Care Chiropractor Near You

You need the help of your upper cervical chiropractor to know how severe your misalignment is. The best way to know is by consulting an upper cervical chiropractor near you. Upper cervical doctors are trained to correct the misalignment in your atlas and axis bones and restore the spine's proper alignment and balance. Once your neck bones shift back in place, the tension on your brainstem, spinal cord, muscles,  nerves, and blood vessels. Ultimately, the adjustments help improve your posture so you can avoid developing debilitating conditions like chronic nerve pain and spinning sensations.  Several migraine patients swear by the relief they experience following upper cervical chiropractic adjustments. You can be the next one to find lasting relief. Talk to an upper cervical chiropractor near you today.

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