Migraine Specialist

Center for Health: Christian Reichardt, DC

Integrative Medicine & Chiropractor located in Santa Monica, CA & Yucca Valley, CA

Around 12% of Americans suffer from migraine headaches today. If you’re sick of the miserable symptoms and want lasting relief, Center for Health in Santa Monica and Yucca Valley, California, may have the solution you seek. The Center for Health team can help you reduce or eliminate migraines through chiropractic care and other completely noninvasive treatments. To learn how to relieve your migraines, schedule an appointment online or call the location nearest you.

Migraine Q & A

What is a migraine?

A migraine is a severe kind of headache that usually causes throbbing or pulselike pain, usually on one side of your head. Some migraine sufferers also have pain in the temples, across the forehead, or on the back of the head.

Migraine pain and other symptoms are so severe for many sufferers, that they frequently miss school, work, or social activities. A migraine can last for anywhere from several hours to a few days.

How can I tell a migraine apart from other headaches?

Migraines can share characteristics with other headaches like cluster or tension headaches, but there are several things that set them apart in terms of symptoms. In addition to the pain, you may also suffer from the following symptoms.

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Sensitivity to light, noise, and scents
  • Increased pain with sudden motions like coughing or sneezing
  • Numbness or tingling in face, fingers, head, or arm

About 15% of migraine sufferers also experience sensory disturbances called auras in the period immediately before the migraine begins. An aura can cause you to see flashing lights when they’re not really there, for example. Auras can last up to an hour; and after they fade, the pain and other symptoms usually start immediately.

What causes migraines?

Research indicates that migraines are probably tied to genetics, according to The US National Library of Medicine. Most sufferers also have triggers that start the migraine. Some common triggers include:

  • Stress or anxiety
  • Hormone changes
  • Strong odors
  • Bright lights
  • Weather changes or extreme temperatures
  • Foods or drinks like alcohol, aged cheeses, and chocolate

The best way to figure out your triggers is to keep notes on your migraines. Track the time, place, circumstances, and all details possible to help you narrow down triggers. Avoiding triggers may allow you to reduce your migraine frequency significantly.

How can chiropractic care help with migraines?

Your Center for Health care provider can help with migraines in several ways. He performs spinal adjustments or manipulations to correct the imbalance and enhance nervous system function. Dr. Reichardt, DC, may also recommend other treatments to help you reach a state of optimal whole-body health.

Additionally, he can recommend lifestyle changes that may help you improve health while avoiding triggers. If your migraine’s connected to stress, he can also help with customized techniques and exercises.

You don’t have to rely on pain pills to get free from migraines anymore. Call the Center for Health office nearest you, or book your appointment online anytime.