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Migraine Treatment

The Lindenhurst chiropractors specialize in providing migraine relief. Specialized treatment plans can help alleviate migraine and headache symptoms.

The Lindenhurst chiropractors specialize in providing migraine relief. Specialized treatment plans can help alleviate migraine and headache symptoms. 

Chiropractic Adjustments

Dr. Nicole Gopaul and Dr. Mark Freund evaluate the spine to see what is causing the migraine in the body. Further contributing misalignments in the spine, including slipped discs, out-of-place vertebrae, genetic malformations, and cranial distortions. After noting any misalignment, the chiropractors reposition the spine gently into a more proper position. The adjustment can help provide relief from migraine symptoms. What happens over time is that the body changes to the proper alignment and stays in that position This can help with migraine intensity, frequency, and duration. 

What is a Migraine? 

Migraine is a severe form of a headache accompanied by a variety of symptoms, often accompanied by throbbing headaches, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, and other symptoms. It is a real neurological disorder that affects millions and can be associated with a range of other neurological diseases such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s, and multiple sclerosis.

Symptoms

A migraine attack can last for hours or days, and the pain can be so severe that it disrupts daily activities. After the headache, some people go on to experience warning symptoms, called aura, which include tingling on one side of the face, arms, or legs, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, unconsciousness, and other symptoms.

Migraine often begins in childhood, adolescence, and early adulthood, and can occur at any time of the day or night, early in the morning or late afternoon. During a migraine attack, you may feel dehydrated, confused, or washed out during the day. Not all migraine patients go through this stage, but in some, it occurs in the first days or weeks after the attack. 

Migraine is often undiagnosed and untreated, but if you regularly have signs and symptoms of migraine, you should seek proper treatment.

Causes

While the cause of migraine is not fully understood, genetic and environmental factors appear to play a role. There may be a combination of factors such as genetic, ecological, or genetic predispositions, as well as environmental factors such as exposure to certain chemicals or substances that may play a role. Imbalances in brain chemicals, including serotonin, which helps regulate pain in the nervous system, could also occur. If you have a history of headaches, if the pattern has changed, or if your headache suddenly feels different, go to your doctor immediately. Make an appointment with a doctor to discuss your headache and then with your neurologist for further assessment.

Migraine Types

There are several types of migraine, but the most common is the classic migraine, also known as migraine headache, and common migraine.

  • Menstrual migraine: experienced during a woman’s period

  • Acephalgic migraine or Silent migraine: a classic migraine without a headache

  • Vestibular migraine: occurs with motion sickness, vertigo, or balance problems

  • Abdominal migraine: causes stomach pain and vomiting

  • Hemiplegic migraine: experiences a short period of paralysis

  • Ophthalmic migraine: also referred to as retinal migraine

  • Migraine with brainstem classic migraine: a migraine that may be due to hormonal changes and is associated with dizziness and loss of balance

  • Status migrainosus: a severe form of migraine that lasts 72 hours

  • Ophthalmoplegic migraine: causes pain and paralysis around the eye

Lifestyle Changes

A lot of people merely depend on medication to reduce symptoms. However, it is important to combine these medications with other lifestyle changes and self-help habits. There are also alternative and complementary treatments such as manual therapy, acupuncture, and chiropractic services that can help. Our specialists can help you learn what triggers the symptoms and avoid them. 

Environmental factors can affect the increase in migraines too. The team working at Natural Care Chiropractic can guide you on ways to ease your migraine symptoms. They provide helpful advice on correcting daily habits that can trigger migraine such as working at a computer desk properly, how to avoid straining your eyes, developing better ways to sleep, and keeping good posture.