Migraine

Active Health Center

Integrated Medical Practice located in North Palm Beach, FL

If you have chronic migraine pain, it means you experience the unpleasant symptoms 15 or more days each month, creating a negative impact on your overall quality of life. At Active Health Center in North Palm Beach, Florida, Dr. Marc Weinberg, DC, and the integrative medical, chiropractic, and physical therapy team treat the underlying cause of your migraines so you can get back to a better quality of life. Since most migraine pain is the result of neck-related problems, the team addresses these issues to reduce the occurrence of migraines. Call the office or schedule your visit online today.

Migraine Q & A

Active Health Center

What causes migraine pain?

The exact cause of migraine headaches isn’t completely understood, but genetics, environmental factors, and structural problems in your cervical spine (neck) may all contribute to intense pain and other unpleasant or debilitating symptoms. Generally, something triggers the onset of a migraine, such as:

  • Processed foods and food additives
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Caffeine
  • Stress
  • Hormonal changes such as estrogen fluctuation in women
  • Strong smells like perfume or smoke
  • Bright lights
  • Loud noises
  • Environmental changes
  • Medications
  • Changes in sleep patterns

Since the underlying cause of migraines is different for everyone, the doctors at Active Health Team first determine your triggers, including any structural issues in your spine that may be causing an imbalance in your other systems. Bringing you back into balance and improving your overall health can greatly reduce the frequency of your migraines.

What are common symptoms of migraines?

Symptoms of a migraine can begin as early as two days before you feel the full-on effects of migraine pain. They often include:

  • Food cravings
  • Fatigue
  • Irritability
  • Stiff neck
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Pain on one side of your head

You may also experience tingling in your arms or legs, increased sensitivity to light and sound, or see flashes of light in your vision. Your pain can be throbbing, pounding, and debilitating, making it hard to function in your daily routine. The goal of migraine treatment is to alleviate your symptoms, beginning with their underlying causes, so you can enjoy an improved overall quality of life.

How are migraines treated?

Since a majority of headaches are cervicogenic, meaning they stem from the neck, addressing and improving your neck strength helps reduce headaches. Additionally, your individualized migraine treatment plan may include:

  • Multi-Cervical Unit (MCU) to pinpoint weakness and asymmetry in your neck
  • Physical therapy
  • Gentle chiropractic care
  • Decompression therapy
  • Cold laser therapy
  • Corrective exercises to strengthen your neck or relieve pressure
  • Trigger point injections

Additionally, exercising regularly and managing daily stress can help reduce tension and prevent the onset of a migraine. If you suffer from regular migraines and medication isn’t providing the long-term relief you need, consider the benefits of a more comprehensive approach to reducing symptoms.

The unique, integrative, multidisciplinary therapies the team of doctors at Active Health Center prescribes can improve your overall health and well-being as a holistic treatment for migraine pain. Call the office or schedule a consultation online today to learn more.