Migraine Symptoms, Triggers And Natural Treatments In Tallahassee, FL

Migraines can be sporadic but when they "come on", they often cause intense, sometimes debilitating symptoms, often unique to each person.  According to the Migraine Research Foundation, migraines are the third most prevalent illness world wide with women 35-55 years old, the most prevalent group affected.  Interesting family fact, migraines typically run in families with 90% of sufferers having a family member with migraines.(1

Unfortunately, many people "learn to live" with the pounding head pain, sensitivity to light or noises, and even loss of sex drive, migraines can make daily living quite uncomfortable and difficult to hold everything together. 

Migraine Symptoms

Although migraines are unique to each person, medical experts and Doctors have established four primary stages in most migraines:  prodrome, aura, headache and postdrome.  These four stages attempt to explain the most common symptom transitions from the pains phases to when the pain subdues.(2)

Many people can feel a "migraine attack coming" as they feel uneasy( sensations of an aura or visual disturbance).  Simultaneously, their vision may become blurred with an upset stomach while their head may begin to pound.  Withing 40 to 50 minutes, the onset of a "full blown" migraines sets in. (3)

Common Migraine Triggers

  • Too much coffee or caffeinated soda, alcohol (especially red wines with nitrates)
  • Excessive, intense stress at work, home or a family emergency
  • Middle aged women with hormonal changes, especially if they are peri-menopausal
  • Meal skipping, especially breakfast, or a poor diet with a lot of processed food
  • Exposed to loud noises over long periods of time
  • Regular tension headaches, or neck/shoulder tensions or pain
  • Dehydration (often seen as bright yellow urine)
  • Eye strain from staring at a monitor/phone for hours
  • Sudden changes in weather, especially high pressure systems

Natural Migraine Treatments

  1. Whole foods anti-inflammatory diet - Avoiding addictive foods that actually worsen migraine headache pains like corn syrup, refined sugars, refined grains, red wine, artificial additives(aspartame), high sodium foods, processed cold cut meats with nitrites.  Focusing on fresh fruits, raw green leafy vegetables, wild caught salmon (high in Omega 3 fats) and other whole foods can help you prevent or treat migraines.(4)
  2. Getting Consistent Quality Sleep - Either getting too much or not enough quality sleep can act as a trigger.  Important to establish a bedtime sleep routine where you avoid caffeine, sugar foods as well as wireless devices.  Reading a book, meditation, yoga or even mindfulness can be help relieve daily stresses before falling asleep. (5)
  3. Chiropractic Adjustments - The AO Treatment plus massage therapy are natural, gentle migraine treatments in Tallahassee, FL.  Massage Therapy along with manual cervical traction can relieve migraine headaches by relieving pressure in the joints of the neck and easing muscle tension in the shoulders and neck.   
  4. Consider essential oils and self-massage - rubbing pressure points in the temples of the head can also help relieve headaches along with use of lavender, rosemary or peppermint essential oil.  Many people report great benefit from aromatherapy diffuser, especially when feeling the early onset of migraine symptoms. (6)

For more information about Pragle Chiropractic And Massage Therapy, visit www.praglechiro.com or call 850 508 5951

posted by Dr. Eric Pragle