Nearly five million Americans suffer from at least one migraine each month, and millions more list migraines as the primary cause of their disability. The pain migraines cause can be debilitating and can rob you of days of your life each month. In fact, new research indicates that many people that have been diagnosed with migraine headaches may actually be suffering tension type headaches or headaches emanating from their neck, TMJ (jaw) or muscles in the neck and shoulder regions. There’s no need to live in fear of your next migraine. Dr. Rommel Hindocha, DC QME, at Peninsula Spine and Sports Rehabilitation in Burlingame, California, can diagnose the triggers associated with your migraines and offer comforting treatment to let you gain control over this menace. To learn more about treatment options, call Dr. Hindocha to schedule your consultation or book online.
On a scale of one to 10, migraines are like headaches turned up to 11. They cause significant, disabling pain on one or both sides of your head and may also cause nausea, vomiting, and visual disturbances.
The exact cause of migraines isn’t yet fully understood, but for many sufferers, they appear to result from certain triggers, including:
It is not uncommon for those who participate in sports and other strenuous exercises to experience migraines since the physical exertion they experience can be a trigger.
There are certain risk factors that might make you more predisposed to migraines. For example, if you have a family history of migraines or are a woman, you’re much more likely to have a migraine. Certain hormonal changes can also contribute to the development of migraines.
Migraines classically occur in four stages:
The prodrome is the calm before the storm of a migraine and usually includes minor bodily or mood changes, including constipation, neck stiffness, food cravings, or frequent yawning. These typically occur a few days before the onset of a migraine.
Auras are symptoms associated with the nervous system and can occur prior to or alongside a migraine. Not all migraine sufferers necessarily experience an aura, but symptoms might include changes in vision, difficulty speaking, or uncontrollable physical movements.
The main part of a migraine, an attack lasts anywhere from four to 72 hours and causes a pulsing, intense pain. During this time, you might also experience lightheadedness and blurred vision.
Following a migraine attack, you’ll likely feel drained, confused, tired, or sensitive to light and sound. These symptoms can last up to a day after a migraine has dissipated.
Dr. Hindocha reviews your medical history, lifestyle, which includes physical activity, and discusses your migraine triggers in order to create a customized treatment plan that involves preventive measures.
As a specialist in sports-related chiropractic therapy, he understands the need athletes that suffer from migraines have to put an end to the pain, suffering, and loss of time in the game they cause.
Often, failure to properly prepare for an activity is the cause of sports-related migraines. Dr. Hindocha will review the various aspects of your lifestyle as they relate to your physical activity to make sure you’re minimizing migraine risks, including getting enough sleep, eating a proper diet, and engaging in a proper warmup.
When you need relief from a migraine in progress, Dr. Hindocha offers manual therapy. Spinal manipulation, particularly focused on the cervical spine, helps improve symptoms associated with migraines, including their frequency, intensity, and duration. Over-the-counter medications can also help further reduce your migraine symptoms.
Don’t let migraines keep you from enjoying the activities you love; let Dr. Hindocha help. Call Peninsula Spine and Sports Rehabilitation to schedule your consultation or book online.
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