Our Frederick, MD Chiropractor Discusses Migraines
Migraines for some people can be quite common. If you suffer with migraines but do not understand why or how to treat them, continue reading to learn more and find ways to start enjoying a migraine-free life.
What are Migraines?
A migraine is referred to as an ongoing headache typically on one side of the head and is accompanied by blurred vision, sensitivity to light and even nausea. It can include the stage call aura, which causes visual disturbances such as splotches, zigzags and maybe even a blind spot. Some migraines are caused from a deeper issue in the brain such as tumor and other migraines are due to mechanical dysfunctions of the vertebrae in the neck. This leads to muscle tension and irritates the nerves that control blood flow to the head. Once this happens, neurological and vascular changes in the brain start to occur and blood vessels become inflamed. Pain from a migraine can last for hours to even days and symptoms from this, aside from blurred vision and nausea, can include pain, loss of appetite, fatigue and dizziness.
What Triggers a Migraine?
There are many situational things that can trigger the onset of a migraine. Here are some of the most common we have seen:
- Bright lights
- Strong foods or smells
- Loud noises
How Can I Stop Migraines?
Learning how to manage your triggers can greatly impact the severity and frequency of your migraines. Once you discover the type of things that bring on your migraine quickly, here are some possible ways to prevent it from getting worse:
- Get enough sleep and eat the right foods
- Drink enough water
- Avoid loud noises
- Ice Packs
- Taking Vitamins
- Get Chiropractic care
How Can My Chiropractor Help Me Cure Migraine Pain?
Since migraines are typically caused from mechanical dysfunctions in the vertebrae of the neck as described before, a chiropractor can improve the alignment of the bones in the neck, relieving the pressure. Years of repetitive stress such as poor posture and even playing certain sports can take a toll over time on your neck.
Your chiropractor will review your situation, examining for more serious causes of the migraines such as nerve damage, reflexes and laxity in your muscles. Once these are ruled out your chiropractor can begin treatments such as adjustments, posture correction exercises, soft tissue therapy and more. Dr. Lipinski has thoroughly treated patients with migraine and headache issues for over 15 years in the Frederick, MD area. To learn more about what patients have to say, click here or contact our office to schedule your appointment. Why wait when being migraine-free is just a call away?