Migraines are neurological in nature and have to do with specific changes that occur in the brain. The result of these changes is severe head pain accompanied by other neurological symptoms. Migraines may come on suddenly without warning or be preceded by what is called an aura. This occurs about an hour before the head pain starts and is most often seen as visual disturbances, such as flashing lights, seeing sparkles, or even vision loss, prompting patients to find migraine relief in Farmington, MI as soon as possible..
Symptoms of migraines may include the following:
A day or two before the migraine hits you may feel:
After the head pain goes away, you may suffer from something called a migraine hangover. This means you may feel very tired and your muscles may become achy. This can linger for a day or so after your head pain subsides.
Other types of headaches cause severe pain but migraines are unique. For example, cluster headaches are said to be the worst pain ever experienced, but it is not the same as migraine pain. No one really understands why migraines occur. Research is constantly being done to try to find this out. It has been agreed upon that changes in the neurotransmitter levels in the brain can play a role, however.
The following things do not actually cause a migraine, but they can play a key role in bringing them about.
A migraine journal is a great way to keep track of personal triggers. After a migraine is over, write down everything you did, starting a day before the head pain started. Such things as weather conditions, what physical activities you were doing, what foods you ate (including beverages), and how much stress you were under. Looking back on these things after a few migraine attacks can help you see a pattern beginning to develop. This can help you to identify your triggers and avoid them in the future, hopefully leading to fewer headaches overall.
Upper cervical chiropractors, such as those here at Premier Family Wellness in Farmington, Michigan, have seen much success in caring for patients with migraines by making sure the spine is properly aligned. It has been seen in various research studies that the C1 and C2 vertebrae are often the underlying cause of migraines. A study was conducted observing 101 patients who suffered from migraines and other headache types. One of these participants was a female figure skater who experienced migraines for 12 years following a concussion where she hit her head on the ice. She tried various medications over the 12 years after her accident with no success. She began seeking the care of an upper cervical chiropractor. After only 3 months of care, her chronic migraines went away. There were many similar stories in this case study, resulting in most of the patients finding their headaches getting better or being eliminated entirely after receiving upper cervical chiropractic care.
We use a gentle method that does not require our migraine chiropractor in Farmington to pop or crack the bones of the spine to get positive results. This helps the bones move back into place more naturally, leading to longer-lasting adjustments and fewer trips back to the office later down the road. Once realigned, the body begins to heal the damage done, and migraines often become a thing of the past.
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Dr. Perkins grew up in Novi, Michigan and attended Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, Iowa. He received his Doctorate Magna Cum Laude with a focus on Upper Cervical Chiropractic care. Chris is well known in the community for his public speaking and holds a number of professional certifications. We are proud to say that Dr. Perkins and Perkins Family Wellness has been recognized by Hour Magazine as one of the Top Chiropractors in Metro Detroit for 3 years in row.