About 12% of Americans deal with migraines, and studies show it’s among the most disabling conditions worldwide.
Medication is the most common course of action for managing migraine pain. However, it’s not always effective and can sometimes cause dependency.
Our team here at Nebben Physical Medicine in Clarksville, Tennessee, offers alternative treatment methods to help you get relief from your headache pain.
What is a migraine?
Migraines are more than just intense headaches. Migraine disorder is a neurological condition that can cause many symptoms; the most common is pulsating pain on one side of your head.
Signs of a migraine include:
- Radiating, aching, or throbbing pain
- Pain on either side of your head
- Sensitivity to light and sound
- Nausea and vomiting
- Blurred vision
Some migraine sufferers experience visual disturbances that precede their headaches, a migraine stage known as aura.
Migraines can last from four hours to several days, and many things can trigger them. Some people who have migraines are genetically prone to the disorder, but other factors can put you at greater risk of having a migraine attack.
These triggers can include:
- Skipping a meal
- Stress or tension
- Certain foods or drinks
- Whiplash, concussion, or other injuries
- Hormone fluctuations
Keeping a log of your migraine headaches can help you track and narrow down any possible triggers. This makes it much easier to know what’s likely bringing on your headaches and possibly lessen the frequency of your migraines.
Migraine treatment options
Medication is one treatment option for migraines, but it’s not always helpful. Nebben Physical Medicine offers alternative treatments if you feel medication isn’t giving you the relief you need.
Physical therapy helps relieve pain caused by migraines through the use of functional training and stretching exercises to strengthen your muscles and joints. This type of therapy can address any tension that’s causing chronic pain and discomfort.
During a chiropractic care session, your provider uses a series of adjustments to give you some relief from your headache pain. This relief is achieved by realigning your spine, alleviating nerve pressure, improving your posture, and easing any tension.
Trigger point injections
Tight knots of muscles, or trigger points, are often the root cause of migraines. If you find that’s true for you, we can perform trigger point injections. Anesthetics and steroids are injected into your trigger points to provide quick pain relief.
We also offer massage therapy to relieve tension that could be contributing to your migraines.
If you’d like to learn more about how to lessen your migraine pain with our medication-free treatment options, call our office at 931-313-3843 or book your appointment online today.