June 28, 2017

Approaching a Migraine Headache From the Cause Instead of the Symptoms with a Chiropractor in Tallahassee

Posted in Articles tagged , , , , , at 2:06 pm by dennisfiorini

Conventional medical doctors typically prescribe pharmaceuticals for patients suffering from migraine headaches.  These can become habit-forming and only mask symptoms, or sometimes provide no relief at all.  Chiropractic care is a natural alternative which seeks to address underlying causes of migraines and other painful conditions.

Patients who pursue chiropractic solutions to managing migraines can avoid unpleasant, potentially dangerous side effects associated with painkillers and other headache medications.  Over-the-counter and prescription pain-relievers (including non-steroidal, anti-inflammatory drugs) can induce a stroke, heart attack, stomach ulcers, and kidney damage.  Triptans increase serotonin levels in the brain, constricting blood vessels to reduce inflammation.  Side effects produced by this class of drugs include tightness in the chest or throat, numbness and tingling in the toes, vertigo, and drowsiness.

Anti-nausea drugs, used to combat the stomach upset that often accompanies a migraine headache, cause dizziness and drowsiness.

Dietary deficiencies are one of myriad factors that contribute to chronic, severe headaches.  Magnesium, for example, is an important mineral involved in hundreds of body processes.  It also helps you regulate stress, so the body’s magnesium supply can be depleted quickly.  When this happens, you’re likely to experience low mood, headaches, fatigue, constipation, and aching muscles.  Lacking appropriate levels of B vitamins can cause a migraine headache, too.

Severe headaches may also be the result of hypothyroidism (low thyroid function).  This condition is characterized by weight gain, hair loss, low mood, and cold hands and feet.  Many people with an under active thyroid also report fatigue, headaches or migraines, and low sex drive.  Cases of hypothyroidism frequently go undetected because doctors don’t administer the comprehensive testing necessary to identify it.

A migraine headache may also be caused by food allergies. Patients need to undergo extensive testing to determine which foods are headache triggers.

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