Discover Migraine Relief in Fort Wayne

Migraine relief in Fort Wayne can come in a number of different forms. Some people are simply seeking only short-term relief so they feel better right now, while others are also seeking a long-term solution to prevent getting migraine attacks in the first place. We're going to discuss both in this blog post to help you find the right type of care for you.

Short-Term Migraine Relief

Short-term migraine relief is ideal for when you're actually experiencing one of the 4 stages of a migraine attack: prodrome, aura, headache, or postdrome. You might notice that only one of the 4 stages includes the headache that migraine is so well known for. In fact, some migraine attacks may not even include a headache. Sometimes people with migraine will experience nausea and vomiting, nasal congestion, sensitivity to light and sound, or other symptoms instead of a headache during phase 3.

Migraine relief with Thera Ice Migraine Hat recommendation by Fort Wayne ChiropractorOne easy thing you might try for short-term migraine relief is to sip on a caffeinated drink. Remember not to overdo it though, as caffeine withdrawal later can cause withdrawal headaches. This may also not be a good idea late in the day as it could affect your sleep, which is important for migraine relief as well.

Another thing you might want to try for migraine relief is a migraine hat or migraine cap like this TheraICE one shown to the right. (Disclosure: If you use our link to purchase one we may earn a very small affiliate fee.) Many of these include the ability to freeze or warm it up to provide cold or hot relief to the head as well. Be sure to look for one that also covers the sinuses. If you don't want to go the route of a migraine hat or cap, you can substitute using a cooling ice pack or heating pad. A lot of people find it helpful to alternate between the two.

That leads us to tip number three for short-term migraine relief. Try to rest and get some sleep. However, while you're resting remember that posture is important. If you're slouching on the couch but looking straight ahead, you're encouraging forward head posture. (As an upper cervical chiropractor, Dr. Emily prefers the proper medical term anterior head carriage, but you might see the more common term forward head posture among non-medical professionals.) If you're going to lay down flat, make sure you have a good pillow that is going to provide the proper support for your neck and upper cervical spine.

Long-Term Migraine Relief

Long-term migraine relief is really what everyone with migraine should desire. Taking medication everyday or when you first start to experience symptoms merely masks the problem. It's like putting a piece of black electrical tape over your check engine light. Just because you can't see the check engine light anymore doesn't mean there isn't still a problem. You may just not notice it because it's a very minor issue. But what happens to minor issues if left ignored? They can get worse, right?

The same goes with our bodies. Just because you're taking advil, tylenol, ibuprofen, sumatriptan, rizatriptan, or other medications, that doesn't mean that the nerve problem has been fixed. It simply masks over the problem. Now, don't get me wrong. We're not advocating that all medicines are bad. There are some fantastic life-saving medications out there that work wonders. But if you have a nail in your tire creating a slow leak, do you think it's better to simply pump up the tire every day or remove the nail?

At Atlas Chiropractic of Fort Wayne we think it's better to treat the cause of the problem rather than the effects. Chiropractic for migraine relief is something that we know quite a bit about.

When you continue to take medication day after day for something like migraine, you're treating the effects of one problem but potentially creating others:

  • Aspirin can increase your risk of hemorrhagic stroke, stomach ulcers, gastrointestinal bleeding. (Mayo Clinic)
  • Ibuprofen can increase your risk of heart attack, liver disease, kidney disease, etc. (Cleveland Clinic)
  • Tylenol is the leading cause of acute liver failure in the US. (Drugwatch)

The NUCCA upper cervical chiropractic technique that we use in our office has shown many positive results in our office as well as other upper cervical chiropractic offices across the country. Dr. Emily is even a migraine patient herself and the effectiveness of NUCCA on her migraine attacks is one of the reasons that led to her becoming a NUCCA chiropractor herself. Since there are no other NUCCA upper cervical specific chiropractors anywhere close to Fort Wayne, she makes a two-hour drive on a frequency indicated by the care plan she is under in order to ensure she says as healthy as possible and migraine free.

If you'd like to learn more about Dr. Emily's story and experience NUCCA for yourself you can either give us a call at 260-399-9020 or reserve your free consultation through the button below. We look forward to meeting you soon!

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