There are many classes of medications that are recommended by medical doctors to address the many symptoms that come along with a migraine episode:
- Triptans – Imitrex is a common triptan drug recommended for migraine treatment. They are designed to block serotonin receptors to try and halt a migraine attack. Triptans can stress the heart and liver and can bring on a stroke.
- Beta-blockers – these medications are typically used in people with high blood pressure, but are sometimes prescribed to migraine patients. Beta-blockers can cause depression, fatigue, and heart and gastrointestinal issues.
- Anti-depressants – these drugs are commonly prescribed for off-label uses such as with migraine treatment. Common side effects include weight gain, blurred vision, and drowsiness.
Is There a Natural Option for Migraine Treatment?
One of the main functions of your spine is to provide protection for the spinal cord. Your spinal cord is protected by the vertebrae because it is responsible for sending signals to and from the brain. These signals carry vital information that coordinates every single function of our bodies, such as the beating of the heart, the digestion of food, and movement. When the top bone in your neck, the atlas vertebra, is misaligned, it can create a distortion of those messages, which can negatively influence blood flow, CSF flow, and nervous system function leading to many of the symptoms migraine sufferers experience.
My training is in the NUCCA technique, which is a very gentle and precise way of correcting atlas misalignments. When the atlas is realigned, the pressure on the nervous system is reduced, allowing for proper transmission of signals to and from the brain. This can allow for a reduction in the severity and/or frequency of migraine symptoms in many of our patients. If you are concerned with the side effects of the migraine medications you’re taking, or are simply seeking out a natural approach with lasting results, then our office will be a great fit for you.