Let’s be clear right up front – a migraine is not a headache

by | May 20, 2022 | Blog

Welcome to Straight Up-Chiro Chat.

Welcome to Straight Up-Chiro Chat. How are you doing in this first month of Winter? As the cold increases, I hope you’re stocking up on Vitamin C, Zinc, and Vitamin D3. Regular exercise also helps keep your immune system strong and the blood pumping which keeps you warm.

If you don’t see Helen when you visit us in June, that’s because she will be taking a well-deserved break.

Faith, the Wellness Centre receptionist, is currently shadowing Helen so that she will be able to help us with bookings and taking calls during Helen’s vacation. Faith is doing a wonderful job as she learns the ropes. As this isn’t her normal job, and as she is helping out, please be patient

Today we’re talking about….

Migraines … and how to prevent them.

Let’s be clear right up front – a migraine is not a headache. It’s not even a bad headache. People who have a bad headache can usually still function. If you have a migraine, functioning is not an option. The pain can be so bad that surviving is all one can hope for and even then, being unconscious would be the sufferer’s first choice.

20 Things that most migraine sufferers experience with each attack


The Prodome Stage (Pre-pain 1)

  • Constipation
  • Food cravings
  • Frequent yawning
  • Heightened anxiety or even fear over the anticipated future pain
  • Increased thirst and urination
  • Mood changes
  • Neck stiffness

The Aura Stage (Pre-pain 2)

  • Difficulty speaking
  • Hearing noises or music
  • Pins and needles
  • Weakness or numbness in the face or one side of the body
  • Visual phenomenon – jagged, vibrating lines in either one or both eyes that prevent normal vision, unaccounted for lights, and blurriness

The Attack Stage

Intense, debilitating pain that can last for hours, sometimes days

  • Extreme sensitivity to light and noise
  • Intense pain, usually on one side of the head
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Time slips

Post-drome Stage (Post-attack phase)

  • Feeling fragile, as if one is made of glass
  • Feeling dazed and confused
  • Remnants of lingering pain and neck stiffness
  • Sudden head movement could cause a resurgence of the Attack Stage

9 Things that cause migraines

Migraines can be triggered by a number of things and that differs from person to person. What causes migraines in one can sometimes help soothe the migraine in another. They can be triggered by:

  • Stress
  • Food, too heavy meals, the lack of food, certain drinks, a lack of water. If food is the problem you need to isolate the food and then stop eating it. One food-related migraine prevention technique is to have 6 small, healthy meals filled with good fats, protein, vegetables, and no processed carbs rather than 3 or fewer big meals a day.
  • Temperature – heat or cold
  • Lights – fluorescent lights, too-bright and or too white lights, flashing lights or images
  • Sound – too loud and or too high-pitched a sound, consistent noise
  • Posture – poor posture, non-ergonomic chairs, too high or too low a desk, counters or sinks, too soft a mattress
  • Smell – pungent smells
  • Lack of sleep and or physical exhaustion
  • An incorrectly aligned spine. And that’s something we can help you with!

So, how can Chiropractic Care help?

If you’re struggling with migraines and nothing seems to help, make an appointment with us and we’ll make sure it’s not related to your spine’s health. If it is, we’ll put your spine back into alignment and give you exercises to do to keep it that way!

Call us today and book your appointment or to book online!

“That no one dies of a migraine seems, to someone deep into an attack, an ambiguous blessing.”
Joan Didion

American writer

Yours in health,
Dr. Monica and Helen

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