According to the National Migraine Foundation, over 10% of men, women, and children in the United States suffer from recurrent migraines, a chronic condition that can cause debilitating symptoms and greatly disrupt a person's quality of life. Fortunately, Dr. Andrew Winger, your chiropractor in Federal Way, WA, offers ongoing pain management and symptom relief for chronic headaches/migraines here at Redondo Family Chiropractic Inc. Read on to learn how he can help mitigate your condition.
What Exactly is a Migraine?
Migraines are more than just a bad headache. Though they can range widely in duration and intensity, these headaches are always accompanied with other physical and neurological symptoms that can make it difficult to carry on with normal routines—even getting out of bed in extreme cases! While they can affect anyone, many sufferers begin to experience them in childhood and on through adolescence and adulthood.
Signs and Symptoms of a Migraine
Generally, there are four stages to a migraine:
- An early "warning" stage known as prodrome
- Aura (temporary neurological symptoms like vision problems or numbness/tingling in the extremities or face)
- Post-drome—some people may feel drained, "foggy", or lethargic after the migraine passes
Common migraine symptoms include:
- Changes in mood
- Food cravings
- Stiffness in the neck
- Heightened thirst
- Sensitivity to light, certain smells, and even sounds
- Sharp pain in one or both sides of the head
- Nausea and vomiting
- Pulsing or throbbing pain
A typical migraine episode can last anywhere from 24-to-72 hours.
How Chiropractic Treatment From our Federal Way Office Can Help
Studies have found that chiropractic therapies like spinal manipulation may offer relief along with medication for chronic migraine sufferers. This can be especially helpful for those whose headaches originate in the neck.
Need Relief? Give us a Call
For more information about the underlying causes, symptoms, and treatment options for migraines, contact Dr. Winger's Federal Way office today by dialing (253) 941-6977 to set up an appointment with your local chiropractor.