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Migraine Headaches & Migraine Treatment 

 July 23, 2010

By  Dr. John Vilkelis

Migraine sufferers know there are no quick fixes for migraine headaches.  They also know that as a result of their tenacious nature, there are a myriad of migraine treatments and snake oils available to try.

According to Wikipedia.com, a migraine is a neurological syndrome characterized by severe headaches, altered bodily perceptions (sensitivity to light and sound), vomiting and nausea.  Approximately one third of migraine sufferers experience auras with their migraine.  Auras can include changes to your vision, such as seeing flashes of light, and feeling pins and needles in an arm or leg according to Mayoclinic.com.  Auras can occur from 1 – 60 minutes before a migraine and most people that have auras with their migraine headaches have the same type of aura each time.

The National Migraine Association offers many tips on managing your migraines and has some information on alternative migraine treatment.  Medical migraine treatment usually consists of a few common medications; Imitrex, Topamax, Fioricet, Toradol, Midrin, Maxalt, Relpax and Zomig to name a few.

Alternatives that may be helpful for some migraine headache suffers include chiropractic, acupuncture & biofeedback.

Acupuncture works by the practitioner sticking needles into various parts of the body to restore the energy flow in “meridians” that are disrupted.  The treatment may improve overall health and can be an effective migraine treatment for some people.

Wikipedia states “Biofeedback is the process of becoming aware of various physiological functions using instruments that provide information on the activity of those same systems, with a goal of being able to manipulate them at will.  Processes that can be controlled include brainwaves, muscle tone, skin conductance, heart rate and pain perception.  Biofeedback may be used to improve health or performance, and the physiological changes often occur in conjunction with changes to thoughts, emotions, and behavior. Eventually, these changes can be maintained without the use of extra equipment.” Biofeedback may be able to help some people that suffer from migraine headaches in this way.

Chiropractic care has long been known to help people with a variety of health problems, including migraines.  Health advice from Families.com states, “There are types of migraine that develop as a result of a subluxation — a misalignment of the vertebrae in the spine. A subluxation can irritate and inflame the nerves that travel to the brain, making a person more prone to chemical imbalances.  A realignment can relieve pressure on the irritated nerves, easing the headache.”

My personal experience in clinical practice is that many people can find relief from migraine headaches at the chiropractor.  I had a patient come to my office many years ago.   He was an Irish fellow working for a bank in New York at the time.  He came to me in the most desperate straights.  He told me that he thought he might end it all if I could not help him.  He had had a migraine everyday for the past two years and no other doctor (he had seen a great number of specialists you see) had been able to help him.  After I treated him for the first time he did not have a migraine for four days! By the time he left my care to go back to Ireland, he was having a migraine once a month.

If you suffer from migraines it may be worth exploring what a chiropractor can do for you.  I will tell you there are no guarantees but maybe some chiropractic care is just what you need.

Please let me know what you think.  I would love to share in your experience.

Dr. John Vilkelis


Dr. Vilkelis has been in private practice for over 27 years. He has a reputation for truly caring for his patients and goes the extra mile to make sure people get the help they need. He accepts patients of all ages and is eager to help you get well and stay healthy. Give him a call today at (914) 618-4330.

Dr. John G. Vilkelis

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  1. I know a number of migraine sufferers…I will be sure to suggest they read this.

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