Migraines are painful, often debilitating headaches that can cause nausea, vomiting and sensitivity to light. If you suffer from migraine headaches you’re among the 12 percent of the U.S. population who share your pain.
Migraines are often recurring attacks of moderate to severe pain. The pain felt in the head can be throbbing or pulsing, and often felt on only one side of the head. During a migraine a person is very sensitive to light and sound and may also feel nauseated.
Women are three times more likely to have migraine headaches than men. Some people experience auras before migraine pain which can come in the form of flashing lights, zigzag lines or temporary loss of vision.
Migraines can be triggered by many factors including:
Treatments & Therapies
There are preventive and abortive migraine medications to help patients manage migraine headaches. Abortive medications work to stop a migraine once it starts. On the other hand, abortive medications are taken when you feel a migraine coming on.
Abortive migraine medicine can be taken by injection, orally, skin patch or nasal spray. They work very quickly and can help those suffering from nausea or vomiting. Triptans in abortive treatments specifically target serotonin.
Preventive medications are taken if migraines occur frequently, one or more times per week or to address severe migraine symptoms. The goal of these medications is to reduce the frequency and severity of migraine attacks. Besides prescription medications there are other alternative ways to addressing migraine attacks.
According to studies stress management is one way patients prevent migraine attacks. Life events cause stress in our lives, but incorporating regular relaxation practices can help reduce and manage that stress that often lead to migraine headaches.
Acupuncture therapy has also shown to help reduce the symptoms of and occurrence of migraines. According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, acupuncture can help reduce headaches by stimulating the body’s resistance to illness. Studies have also shown that acupuncture can cause the release of pain- reducing opioid chemicals like endorphins in the body.
Our Approach to Migraine Treatment
At Dayton Dandes Medical Center we combine conventional and alternative techniques to address migraine pain in patients. In addition to acupuncture therapy, patients can benefit from our innovative biofeedback therapy sessions. Neurointegration therapy helps those suffering from a wide range of brain disorders and migraine headaches. Neurointegration therapy can help patients with their concentration, speech, motor skills, sleep, energy levels and emotional balance; as well as, address symptoms of migraines. Visit our site to learn more about Neurointegration therapy and other alternative therapies we offer.