Hope for Headaches and Migraines

Hope for Headaches & Migraines

Dr. Niele Maimone, DC

If you find yourself or a loved one in the clutches of regular headaches or migraines it is vitally important to understand what you’re actually experiencing so you can navigate your care properly and emerge from the pattern of pain.  Understanding the difference between a headache and migraine makes all of the difference in the treatment outcome for those who suffer.

What is a headache?  Headaches are unpleasant pains in your head that can cause pressure and aching. The pain can range from mild to severe and usually occurs on both sides of the head. Some specific areas where headaches can occur include the forehead, temples, and back of the neck. A headache can last anywhere from 30 minutes to a week. According to the Mayo Clinic, the most common headache type is a tension headache. Triggers for this headache type include stress, muscle strain, and improper head or neck positioning.

Tension headaches aren’t the only type of headache. Other headache types include:

Cluster headaches are severely painful headaches that usually occur on one side of the head and come in clusters. This means you experience cycles of headache attacks, followed by headache-free periods.

Sinus headaches are often confused with migraines. Sinus headaches co-occur with sinus infectionsymptoms like fever, stuffy nose, cough, congestion, and facial pressure.

What is a migraine? A migraine is usually an intense pounding headache that can last for hours or even days. The pounding or pulsing pain usually begins in the forehead, the side of the head, or around the eyes. The headache gradually gets worse. Just about any movement, activity, bright lights, or loud noise seem to make it hurt more. Nausea and vomiting are common during a migraine. Migraines may happen only once or twice a year, or as often as daily. Women are more likely to have migraines than men.

There are different types of migraine headaches. The most common types of migraines are:

Classic migraines start with a warning sign called an aura. These types of migraines are also called “migraines with aura.” The aura often involves changes in the way you see. You may see flashing lights, colors, a pattern of lines, or shadows. You may temporarily lose some of your vision, such as your side vision. You may also feel a strange prickly or burning sensation, or have muscle weakness on one side of your body. You may have trouble communicating. You may also feel depressed, irritable, and restless. The head pain of classic migraines may occur on one side of your head or on both sides.

Common migraines don’t start with an aura. These types of migraines are also called “migraines without aura.” Common migraines may start more slowly than classic migraines, last longer, and interfere more with daily activities. The pain of common migraines may be on only one side of your head. Common migraines are more common than classic migraines.

 

How do we treat migraines and headaches?

 

The treatment for a migraine is very similar to the treatment for a headache with the exception of the focus. At Align Healing Center we treat migraines with a focus on reducing neurological inflammation and increasing circulation whereas with headaches we focus on the reduction of muscle tension and physical stress.  Depending on the individual a combination of the following therapies are used to break the patients pain cycle.

 

How effective is this treatment?

We have treated hundreds of people suffering from headaches and migraines and our patients have seen a huge decrease in the incidence and severity of their migraines and headaches allowing them to get back to normal life. Everyone responds differently to this type of care and we find that the longer someone has had this condition, the longer it typically takes to treat. If complete pain relief is possible in your case, it will most likely take a series of visits.

 

Dr. Niele Maimone, DC of Align Healing Center Maimone Chiropractic Inc. in Danville, CA has been active in natural health & functional medicine since 1999. For more information or to set up a consultation call 925.362.8283 or visit www.alignhealingcenter.com.

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