MIGRAINE PAIN

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DESCRIPTION:

Migraine headaches are different from other headaches. They can be described as very painful, with an acute onset. They are often intense, and pulsating, lasting from 4 to 72 hours. Secondary symptoms include nausea, vomiting, and altered sensory perceptions including sensitivity to light and sound (sometimes made worse by normal physical activity), and some people have unusual visual symptoms (often called an aura). Migraines are often chronic and interfere with your daily living. Symptoms and severity seem to be very specific to the individual.

 

CAUSES:

Migraines are neurological in nature, rather than arising from a traumatic incident or general stress and tension. The mechanism is not fully understood, although there do seem to be certain triggers, or foods/activities that set off a migraine headache. These triggers seem to vary from person to person. Strains, incorrect sleep habits, stress and tension, abnormal or bad postures; injuries due to slips, falls, lifting, sports "weekend warrior activities" and other actions; car accidents & whiplash; and even pressure from sinus/nasal conditions; arthritis, breast feeding, muscle spasms; can all be aggravating factors to migraines. 

Headache pain, migraine pain, neck pain & shoulder pain can also be interrelated, and therefore are often co-managed. Please check the information in those other sections, to see if they fit your needs. If you purchase a basic package from one section, but find other individual items, in another section, that would help you, they can be purchased individually as well.

 

TREATMENT:

Contrary to popular option, these types of headaches can often be cured with both use of the products below and chiropractic care.  There are treatments that can significantly improve ones daily functioning, although not all cases respond in the same way.

      • Try to keep track of foods eaten and things done before an attack, to help you track and avoid your individual migraine triggers.

      • During a migraine attack, finding a dark room and lying down can often ease symptoms.
      • Analgesics (ibuprofen, acetaminophen, etc.) are often a first line of pain relief, but they do not get to the root causes - especially with migraines.

According to many sufferers acupuncture, chiropractic, manipulations, injections, physical therapy, relaxation therapies, proper amounts of sleep in a well-supported position, massage, exercise, yoga, medicines, vitamins, and even some home remedies such as careful stretching, ice/heat etc. have been shown to work. The best solution we have found for our patients is a hybrid of many of the above used together with products we have researched and used in our practice over many years. Some headaches and migraines can be related to food sensitivities however food triggers can vary from person to person.

 

OUR VIEW:

Although the causes of migraines are in dispute, it's been our experience as a health care professional and after seeing the results with my patients, that a combination of the above products anf techniques can often be used to treat such pain and solve many of it's causes. Each suggestion addresses a different aspect of the pain that can come with a headache - which most often it is truly a combination of several of the underlying causes outlined above.

 :: Read a Patient Success Story regarding migraine treatment . . .

 

Dr. Kim's Tips:

I want you to be aware that many patients may require from six weeks to begin to see results, and up to one year to lasting results from these products and new habits, although you may feel results sooner. That time frame depends on your age, your overall health, and the amount of the injury and pain. Practice makes perfect, practice with the items in your package every day, just like you brush your teeth; prevention goes a long way towards a cure. You know, a pain problem may have started with an incident many years ago, and your body has been used to accommodating it, so it can take some time to work things out and get back to normal. With that said, if you don't see some improvement after six weeks, you may wish to see your chosen health care professional to be sure there is not an underlying illness, or other health issue at work. Also if your pain increases or gets progressively worse, please stop our program and seek further care.

When pain is chronic, and finally gets to a point where you are ready to DO something, it can take time to heal. It may have taken many years to get to this point of causing pain. But patient work with the products we have selected can really help over the long term. It's like giving your body a coach. If you keep going to a tennis coach, your skills will improve over time; it is the same with treatment of pain. Practice with these products will most often lead to a lessening of pain and improvement of mobility and range of motion in your daily life. As long as you continue to see improvement, keep going.