Migraines affect more than a billion people worldwide, causing significant, often debilitating pain that can last hours or days. If you suffer from migraines, including throbbing or pulsing pain on one side of your head, often accompanied by nausea and vomiting, Drs. Leo and Courtney Meltvedt at Chiropractic Life Center in Encinitas, California, offer chiropractic care that can alleviate your symptoms.

Call (760) 783-0105 to make an appointment today, learn more about getting relief from your migraines.

Migraines Q&A

What is a migraine?

Migraines are intense, pounding headaches that gradually get worse with movement, activity, bright lights, or loud noises. The most common types of migraines include:

Classic migraines

Classic migraines usually start with a warning sign, referred to as an aura. Auras often involve changes in your vision, including flashing lights, colors, a pattern of lines, or shadows. Auras last about 15-30 minutes, either just before or right as the pain begins.

A prickly or burning sensation, as well as muscle weakness on one side of your body and mood changes, also tend to accompany classic migraines.

Common migraines

Common migraines are more common than classic migraines. They also start more slowly, last longer, and interfere more with daily activities. Auras do not accompany common migraines, and the pain tends to affect only one side of your head.

How are migraines diagnosed?

The doctors at Chiropractic Life Center have a number of methods to diagnose migraines, including analyzing the symptoms you describe and the results of a physical exam, and by having you describe your headache diary that helps identify your migraines triggers.

Additionally, motion X-rays help clinically assess the stability of your cervical spine by detecting abnormally high or unusual motion between vertebrae.  A digital motion X-ray enables them to find the problem areas of restricted movement and nerve flow.

How is a migraine treated?

Treatment at Chiropractic Life Center involves moving, stretching, and manipulating your spine without the use of drugs or surgery to physically help reduce your body’s reaction to stress.

Dr. Leo and Courtney Meltvedt at Chiropractic Life Center use a combination of spinal adjustive techniques including the Palmer Toggle method to treat subluxations that cause migraines. Many patients prefer the Palmer Toggle method because it doesn’t require a rotational movement (head turn).  

Additionally, the doctors at Chiropractic Life Center also advise you on lifestyle issues, including ways to avoid your migraine triggers through exercise, nutrition, and managing stress.

For assistance in reducing the number of migraine episodes you suffer from, as well as their intensity, call (760) 783-0105 to make an appointment today at Chiropractic Life Center in Encinitas, California.