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Migraine Headaches

Are you losing parts of your life because of migraines? How many this month? 

Migraine headaches are less common than tension–type headaches. Nevertheless, migraines afflict 25 to 30 million people in the United States. As many as 6% of all men, and up to 18% of all women experience a migraine headache at some time during their lives. Among the most distinguishing features is the potential disability accompanying the headache pain of a migraine: migraines may last 4-72 hours, are typically unilateral (one sided), throbbing and or pounding, of moderate to severe intensity, and are aggravated by routine physical activity. Nausea, with or without vomiting, and/or sensitivity to light and sound often accompany migraines. An “aura” may occur before head pain begins — involving a disturbance in vision, and/or an experience of brightly colored or flashing lights in a pattern that moves across the field of vision. Only about one in five migraine sufferers experiences an aura.

Migraine headaches are usually managed by medication, but some patients do not tolerate acute and/or prophylactic medicine due to side effects, or contraindications. Some patients wish to avoid medication for other reasons. Thus, non-pharmacological management such as massage, physiotherapy and chiropractic may be an alternative treatment option. Massage therapy in Western cultures uses classic massage, trigger points, myofascial release and other passive muscle stretching among other treatment techniques which are applied to abnormal muscle tissue. Modern physiotherapy focuses on rehabilitation and exercise, while manual treatment emphasis postural corrections, soft tissue work, stretching, active and passive mobilization and manipulation techniques.

Chiropractic during random clinical trials have demonstrated to be a viable alternative to medications in both acute and prophylactic care for migraines. Adjustments to the first three vertebras can instantly give relief. 

If you think you may be experiencing migraines, it will help a lot to understand precisely what a migraine is. You know it's an intense headache. But what else is involved?  Find out more about Migraines as well as what's going on inside your brain during a migraine.

Migraine Quiz

Take this quiz to find out if you may be suffering from migraine.

  1. Do you get more than five headaches monthly?

    Yes No
  2. Have you ever felt nauseous or vomited from headache pain?

    Yes No
  3. Have you felt extremely bothered by light or sound during a headache?

    Yes No
  4. Do you have headaches that interfere with your daily normal activities?

    Yes No
  5. Do you take pain relievers more than two days per week?

    Yes No
  6. Have you had headache pain lasting anywhere from 5 hours to over 48 hours?

    Yes No
  7. Are OTC headache medications’ recommended doses inadequate are easing your headache pain?

    Yes No
  8. Are your headaches often isolated on one side of your head?

    Yes No
  9. Do you have relatives that are known migraine sufferers?

    Yes No
  10. Do simple tasks such as coughing, speaking, and bending over make your headache pain worsen?

    Yes No

If you answered yes to three or more of these questions, you are most likely suffering from Migraine Headaches. If you answered yes to six or more questions, then it is time to seek help for the headaches.

In our clinic we successfully treat Migraine Headaches almost on a daily basis.  We understand and we cater to migraine suffers. Call us today, you don’t have to continue to suffer!

Disclaimer:  No individuals, including those currently under our active care, should use the information and/or resources contained here within to self diagnose or self treat any health related condition(s).  Diagnosis and treatment of all health conditions should only be performed by your doctor of chiropractic or other licensed health care professional.

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