Natural Migraine Treatments in Tallahassee, FL

Migraine Symptoms And Treatments in Tallahassee, FL

Migraines are typically less prevalent then tension headaches but they usually create intense, sometimes debilitating symptoms for millions of Americans.  According to the Migraine Research Foundation, migraines are the third most prevalent illness world wide with women 35-55 years of age the most commonly affected group.  Interesting family fact, migraines typically run in families with 85% of sufferers having a family member with migraines.  Many younger females will report their mom having had migraines.  Here in the United States, about one in four residences has someone who has occasional migraines as a minimum.(1

Unfortunately, many people get "used to" the pounding head pain, sensitivity to light or noises, and even sleep disturbances, migraines can make daily living quite uncomfortable and difficult to hold everything together. The key is finding headache relief naturally without using medications.

Migraine Symptoms

Doctors and Research experts have established four primary stages in most migraines (however some people only experience one or two stages):  prodrome, aura, headache and postdrome.  These four stages attempt to explain the typical symptom transitions from the pains phases to when the pain subdues but each person experiences them slightly differently.(2)

Common Migraine Symptoms

  • Nausea
  • Flashes of light, vision loss, pins and needles sensation in arms or legs
  • Pain on one of side head, pulsating or throbbing pain, dizziness, blurred vision, sensitivity to lights, sounds or smells, and difficulty sleeping
  • Increased thirst
  • Irritability
  • Decreased sex drive
  • Throbbing pain on one side of the head
  • Experience subtle changes;  neck stiffness, uncontrollable yawning

Many people can feel a "migraine attack coming" as they feel uneasy( sensations of an aura or visual disturbance).  Simultaneously, their vision may become disturb with their stomach churning and hurting while their head may begin to throb.  Typically, within thirty to forty minutes most migraines begin setting in. (3)

Common Migraine Triggers

  • Eye strain from staring at a monitor for hours at a time or too much bright, direct sunlight
  • Excessive caffeine, alcohol (especially wines with nitrates), or drug/medication withdrawal
  • Dehydration (often seen as bright yellow urine)
  • Excessive stressful situations like a job, finances, or spouse/relationships
  • Eating a poor diet with additives and chemicals (like nitrites in lunch meat) or meal skipping especially breakfast
  • Exposed to loud noises for long periods of time
  • Woman 35-55 years old going thru hormonal fluctuations, especially if they are peri-menopausal
  • Sudden changes in weather barometric pressure

Natural Migraine Treatments

  1. Eating a whole foods anti-inflammatory diet - Many super tasty, addictive foods actually worsen migraine headache pains like corn syrup, refined white sugar, refined grains, some aged cheeses, red wine, artificial additives(aspartame), high sodium foods, cold cut meats with processed nitrites or nitrates.  On the other hand, fresh fruits, green leafy vegetables, wild caught salmon (high in Omega 3 fats) and other whole, unprocessed foods can help you prevent or treat migraines.(4)
  2. Getting Consistent Good Sleep - Either getting too much or not enough quality sleep can act as a trigger for migraines.  Real important to establish a bedtime routine where you avoid caffeine, sweets as well as wireless devices.  If possible, falling asleep around 10 pm is ideal to help balance your hormone levels.  Also, sleeping on your side or back is helpful to prevent neck and shoulder tensions. (5)
  3. Chiropractic Adjustments - The AO Treatment plus massage therapy are natural, gentle migraine treatments.  Massage Therapy along with manual cervical traction can relieve migraine headaches by releasing trigger points in the shoulders and neck.  Thus, Massage Therapy can improve blood flow and improve range of motion for the head and cervical spine.  Foot Reflexology can also provide relieve with pinpoint pressure in the feet.
  4. Consider essential oils and aromatherapy - gently massaging pressure points in the head can also help relieve headaches along with use of lavender or peppermint essential oil.  Many people report great benefit from aromatherapy diffusers, especially in the bedroom before falling asleep. (6)

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