East Bay Chiropractic Group -  - Chiropractor

Paul Dancy, DC

Chiropractor located in San Leandro, CA & Oakland, CA

Migraine Specialist

Migraines affect over 37 million Americans, accounting for lost time at work and an inability to function at home. While the causes of migraines aren’t fully understood, chiropractic care through Paul Dancy, D.C., may provide relief for migraine sufferers. Call East Bay Chiropractic Group located in Oakland and San Leandro, California, today to see if chiropractic treatment works for you.

Migraine Q&A

by Paul Dancy, DC

What are the symptoms of migraines?

While many symptoms are common between migraine sufferers, not all patients experience all symptoms. Likewise, there are 4 distinct stages to a migraine episode, though not everyone experiences all stages. The prodrome stage typically occurs a day or 2 before migraine pain begins. This stage may include:

  • Constipation
  • Increased urination and thirst
  • Mood swings
  • Food cravings
  • Yawning
  • Stiffness in the neck and shoulders

The aura stage may occur before or during the pain stage. Aura refers to symptoms coming from the nervous system, such as affected vision — the most common — or other sensory issues. Some of these include:

  • Vision loss or disturbance
  • Numbness or “pins and needles” sensations
  • Speech difficulty
  • Uncontrollable body movements or jerks
  • Hearing noises that aren’t there

The migraine attack stage typically lasts between a few hours to a few days. A pulsing or throbbing pain occurs on 1 or both sides of the head, accompanied by a sensitivity to light, and possibly sounds, smells, and touch. A sufferer may be prone to fainting, lightheadedness, or nausea.

After the attack, there’s a recovery period called the postdrome. It’s typically about a day long, during which the patient usually feels drained and wiped out. Sensitivity to light and sound may remain, and they may also feel confused, moody, or dizzy.

What causes migraines?

The cause of migraines isn’t known, but genetics and environment seem to play a role. Serotonin appears to have an influence, as levels drop during migraine attacks. It’s still not understood exactly how this process works, or how it’s influenced by migraine triggers.

What are some of the more common triggers?

For those at risk, there are many conditions and substances that may bring on a migraine attack. These include:

  • Stress
  • Alcohol and caffeinated beverages
  • Foods, such as salty and processed food
  • Sensory extremes such as bright lights or strong smells
  • Changes in weather
  • Medications

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We work with the majority of health insurance plans. Please call our office if you do not see yours listed or have any other questions.

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    "My first ever visit and I was scared about all the neck cracking and what not but he was excellent in his methods and what a great guy too."

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