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Migraine Headaches




Migraine headaches typically affect one side of the head. They can last anywhere from a few hours to a few days. Some people get them weekly, others have fewer than one a year. Migraines, which usually begin sometime between the teen years and the age of 40, can be classified as either "classic'' or ""common.'' Migraine headaches can often leave the recipient feeling depressed, out of control, and totally overwhelmed. 


Recent scientific developments are providing some answers to the cause. What the researchers are discovering is that migraines are not just a headache.  Migraines were once believed to be a disorder of anxious, neurotic women whose blood vessels overreacted. While there is a vascular component, migraines are most likely neurobiological disorders of the brain.  There is still much to discover and understand about migraines; however, progress is being made.


You may know you are going to have a migraine before the headache starts. Warning signs include nausea, vomiting, and sensitivity to noise, light, or smells. Classic migraines begin with warning signs such as flashing lights or colors. You may feel as though you are looking through a tunnel. One side of your body may feel prickly, hot, or weak. These warning signs last about 15 to 30 minutes and are followed by pain in your head. Common migraines do not have the same warning signs. However, you may feel tired, depressed, restless, or talkative for 2 or 3 days before the headache starts.

What Can You Do?

At Holmes Spine & Sport Chiropractic, we are dedicated to providing relief from your migraines.   It’s believed 70-80% of migraines are triggered from upper neck problems that affect the lower motor neurons that in turn affect the upper motor neurons in the brain leading to migraines.   If we can correct problems in the cervical spine you can decrease or potentially eliminate your migraines. 

 Our treatment guidelines are as follows

  • Corrective chiropractic treatment of the spine and temporal mandibular joints (TMJ) using chiropractic, massage, and exercise rehab. 
  • Medications.  Moderation is the key, many of them can cause rebound headaches if taken too frequently. Be aware of the potential for rebound with each medication you take. (Medications will need to be prescribed by your MD.)
Avoid triggers.  Use a headache diary to identify triggers such as certain foods, stress, postural positions, time of day, month, or year, lack of sleep, etc.