Studies have shown that a multi-disciplined approach to the prevention of migraines is very effective in migraine relief.
7 Signs Your Headache is a Migraine
- Sharp throbbing pain starts in a specific area of the head as opposed to a dull pain throughout the cranium.
- May last up to 3 days
- May be accompanied by nausea and dizziness
- First onset of migraines occur under 40
- Some type of visual disturbance may occur, aura, blurriness, flashes of light
- Numbness or tingling sensation in other parts of the body
- Sensitivity to light and noise
7 Types of Prevention – The Multi-Disciplined Approach to Migraine Relief
After a full physical workup, the chiropractic physicians at Active Health will design a program for those seeking relief from debilitating migraines. The program may consist of all or some of the following:
- Diet – avoiding alcohol and certain foods like chocolate, nuts and dairy products may help. We can work with you to design a diet to eliminate food triggers without making you feel deprived. Homeopathy, herbs and vitamin supplements may also be recommended by our nutritionist for the best results.
- Lifestyle — Smoking, stress, extreme changes in temperature, even humidity and altitude may affect the frequency of migraine headaches. Together we can work through these environmental issues and eliminate these triggers
- Clinical Nutrition — In many cases migraine symptoms are the result of imbalances of chemicals in your brain called neurotransmitters. Nutrition and herbal support can be used in conjunction with laboratory tests to measure and balance the levels of neurotransmitters (serotonin, dopamine etc.)
- Massage — Our therapists can help eliminate stress and activate restorative blood flow and balance with therapeutic massages
- Chiropractic Adjustments — X-rays may determine physical abnormalities that could cause headaches. Additionally, chiropractic adjustments can help stimulate and balance the nervous system providing relief from migraines.
- Acupuncture — Studies have shown that relief similar to taking medication can be achieved by targeting specific acupuncture and pressure points.
- Physical Therapy— If physical abnormalities are diagnosed, your chiropractic treatment may involve follow up with a therapist to help strengthen and stabilize the muscles surrounding the affected area.