Headaches / Migraines Specialist
Over 90% of people with migraines aren’t able to function when they have one because the pain is incapacitating. If you tend to lose work days when you have migraines, you might find relief from the treatments offered by Dr. Bryce Chaffee. Paragon Physical Medicine offers spinal adjustments, acupuncture, and other alternative therapies to restore your normal function. If you’d like to know more, make an appointment at the Wooster, Ohio clinic online or over the phone.
Headaches / Migraines Q & A
What is a migraine?
A migraine is an intense throbbing or a pulsing headache often accompanied by other neurological symptoms including:
- Nausea and vomiting
- Visual disturbances
- Sensitivity to light, smells, and sounds
Researchers don’t have a full understanding of what causes migraines. They think the cause is part environmental, part hereditary, and part biological. Brain chemical and nerve abnormalities seem to disrupt the brain’s pain signals.
How is a migraine different than a headache?
The main difference between migraines and headaches are the accompanying symptoms. A migraine is accompanied by one or more of the symptoms listed above, while headaches are usually standalone issues.
Typically the type, location, and intensity of the pain also differ. Migraines tend to affect one side of the head and last from four hours to four days while headaches usually cause pressure on both sides of the head and are temporary.
Migraines also tend to be more severe and debilitating than headaches. Headaches cause more of a dull, achy feeling while migraines create intense, pulsing pain.
How can I prevent migraines?
Many people’s migraines are activated by triggers in their environment, such as caffeine, sensory stimuli, stress, and weather changes. One of the best ways to prevent migraines is to track and identify your triggers so you can avoid them.
Relaxation and coping techniques help equip you to handle migraine pain. If stress triggers your migraines, these strategies can also control your risk factors.
Dr. Chaffee also recommends regular exercise to help reduce tension and control migraines. Low-intensity physical activity and a regular sleep schedule help promote overall health.
How can chiropractic treatments help with migraines?
Dr. Chaffee uses spinal adjustments and other alternative treatments to alleviate migraine pain. Misalignment and muscle tension in the neck can lead to headaches, and chiropractic adjustments help get the body back into proper alignment.
In addition to spinal adjustments, Dr. Chaffee also offers these therapies to promote relief:
- Trigger point injections
- Physical rehabilitation
If you’d like to explore alternative, non-drug ways to alleviate migraines, contact Paragon Physical Medicine online or over the phone.