What is a Migraine?

A migraine is not just headache pain. Migraine is a genetic neurological disease. A headache can be one symptom of a migraine. Some individuals with migraine disease often have migraine attacks without having a headache.

Migraine attacks, or episodes, occur in phases or parts. A typical migraine attack consists of four phases. Not every individual experiencing a migraine has all four phases. The four phases of a migraine attack are prodrome, aura, headache, and postdrome.

What causes it? Individuals suffering from migraines tend to have recurring attacks triggered by many things such as; lack of food or sleep, certain food allergies, exposure to light, or hormonal changes in women, including puberty, menopause, and premenstrual syndrome (PMS). Anxiety, stress, or relaxation after stress can also be triggers. Exposure to a trigger does not always lead to a headache and avoidance of triggers cannot completely prevent them from happening.

What are my treatment options? Acute/immediate treatment is used during a migraine to stop or slow the progress of the attack, and preventative treatment tries to prevent migraine attacks from occurring. Lifestyle changes may also be needed in order to prevent migraines from happening.

Conventional approaches
From a conventional standpoint, prescription medications such as imitrex are the primary treatment of choice.

Natural complimentary health care options
The natural approach to treating migraines is to identify and remove the cause. Investigations into food intolerances, lifestyle habits, the patients hormonal status and factors like stress are all important triggers to rule in or out before deciding on the proper course of action. The Naturopathic Doctors at Kleinburg Integrative Health are highly trained in these assessment and treatments.

Once this has been identified, treatments such as nutrition, botanical medicine, IV therapy, and osteopathic medicine can all be used to alleviate the migraines and restore a proper balance once again. 

If you are looking for effective treatments to manage your migraines and live in or near Vaughan, come visit us at KIH clinic. We are located in Kleinburg (Vaughan), Ontario, right in the heart of the Kleinburg village. Fill out the form to the right of this page and we will get right back to you promptly with up-to-date, accurate and useful information on the next best steps in the treatment of your condition/concern.

Resources:

Natural Standard Databases: http://naturalstandard.com.ezproxy.ccnm.edu/databases/conditions/all/condition-migraine.asp