Suffering from Migraines? You’ve come to the right place.
Migraines are typically uniquely different among each person. Therefore, each treatment plan should be tailored differently to address that person’s unique circumstances.
Most often we find that it is rarely caused by a singular issue, but rather by a collection of neurological issues that taken together result in an overly sensitized brain that is not capable of processing routine stimuli in a typical fashion.
By looking at specific functional aspects of your brain through careful neurological, physical and special diagnostic testing that scrutinizes balance and eye movement functions, we are able to determine what areas of your nervous system are failing to operate properly.
Once the diagnosis is determined, a customized, targeted approach is developed to reduce the excitatory influences. Often with our migraine patients, we work to build up the parts of the brain that dampen or silence the pain generation in the central nervous system. Our “pain” nerves have to send “pain” messages constantly to our brain or they would wither away from inactivity.
Our brain, when working correctly is able to cover up these signals so that we never know that a pain message was sent. Migraine sufferers get better and better at feeling the pain. This is an example of neuroplasticity, but on the negative side. We consider all aspects of the migraine syndrome and address it from a multi-modal approach.
Brain based therapies are selected that will change how your brain functions. When we rehabilitate the areas of your brain that were dysfunctional, your nervous system is now able to respond appropriately to the various triggers you were struggling with. Think about it. Not everyone gets a migraine when subjected to the things that may make you suffer greatly.
What is a migraine?
Migraine is typically a disabling brain disorder that affects approximately 20% of women and 7% of men during their lifetimes. Its hallmark is severe, recurrent headache. Some people that have migraines have a signal or symptoms that precede the migraine from as long as a day before to only a few minutes prior. These symptoms are called auras and may be in the form of a visual disturbance or other neurological issue. Migraines may also produce nausea, vomiting, and light sensitivity. Most people who suffer from migraines (which means “half a head”) associate some causal factor as a trigger for their migraine. Triggers can be singular or multiple in nature. Foods and other environmental factors may be triggers. Hormonal fluctuation associated with menstrual cycles or birth control pills as well as other medications can be triggers. Some types of migraine show familial connections so there is a genetic or epigenetic factor in these cases.
The precise causes of migraine is still being researched. Theories regarding diffuse, intracranial vascular dynamics have been replaced by evidence pointing to problems with the large sensory nerve of the face and the vasculature associated with it.
The newer understanding of migraine focuses on cortical and brain stem hyper-excitability followed by spreading cortical depression.
Additionally, studies have shown that migraneurs have visual motion processing abnormalities related to the cerebral cortex not associated with a failure of attention. Long term studies of people that suffer from migraine have shown that they are at greater risk of stroke than those who do not have migraines. What is clear is that people with migraine have an issue with how their brains handle stimuli for possibly a variety of reasons.
How are migraines typically diagnosed?
Migraines are typically diagnosed by the history of severe, unilateral (one sided) headaches or through a complex of visual and or other vascular generated symptoms.
How are migraines typically treated?
Migraines are typically treated acutely by the general classes of medicines including analgesics, ergotamines, and triptans. Analgesics are general pain blocking medications. Ergotamines and triptans are migraine specific medications that are restricted to how often you can take them because of potential side effects and adverse reactions. There are also treatments that are classified as migraine preventatives such as nerve blocks, trigger point injections, and radiofrequency nerve ablations
Understand The Cause of your Migraine, And You’ll Understand The Solution
Migraines can seem complicated, but they can often be very simple. There is one main cause for migraines: Neurological Dysfunction. However, there are 3 main triggers: Dietary, Musculoskeletal and/or Hormonal. To treat migraines effectively, you need to address both the cause and all 3 triggers at the same time. The reason you have probably been unsuccessful with migraine treatment is because your practitioner was not trained to deal with both the cause and all 3 triggers. With this precise combination of therapies and treatments customized to your brain and body, treatment is far more effective long-term.