When migraines strike, they often strike with minimal warning and can stop you in your tracks. The pain from migraines can become so debilitating that the only relief is finding peace in a darkened room while lying completely still.
When you’re responsible for caring for others, such as small children, battling a migraine can make that task almost impossible. As the pain intensifies, something so simple as a thought can become too painful to process.
Why Over-the-Counter Medicine Is Not The Right Answer
As these migraines begin to cripple your day, your first thought may be to reach for pain medication, as you know, that will undoubtedly mask the pain for some time. Although the pain may diminish for a short time, the underlying cause of the migraine was never addressed, and not to mention the side effects of the pain medication can kick in at any time.
At our Atlanta chiropractic clinic, our chiropractors can provide relief from these debilitating migraines safely and naturally without the use of medications and those terrible side effects.
What Is A Migraine?
When an intense headache presents, many may identify it as a migraine, but an actual migraine must meet specific criteria. A tension headache is more common than a migraine, and they may range from moderate to severe. A recurrent problem is a pain that lasts for a period of at least four hours up to three days and typically affects females more than males.
As migraines must meet specific criteria, those who suffer from real migraines must have at least five separate episodes that last for a particular frame of time to be considered an actual migraine sufferer. To be classified as a migraine, the patient must report at least two of the following:
- Pulsating pain
- Visual/auditory disturbance
Many migraine sufferers also report seeing visual auras before onset, alerting them that a migraine is near.
When seeking treatment for migraines, a full examination, as well as an extensive history, is required to determine what exactly is causing the migraines. Diagnostic testing, such as X-rays, may be ordered to rule out other conditions and provide a better picture of what is indeed occurring.
When the spinal column is altered, a spinal adjustment may be used to correct this imbalance and minimize the pressure and stress on the body, which could be the underlying cause of the migraine.
Aside from a physical adjustment, adjustments to your diet may also be suggested, as certain foods may pose a potential trigger for your migraines. Being mindful of posture and correcting poor habits can also aid in managing debilitating migraines.
Our Atlanta chiropractors are here to help you find the relief that you are in search of. Call us today at (404) 889-8828 to learn more about our approach and how we can help you kick migraines to the wayside!