The Wellness Institute of Dallas uses an array of modalities to help those that suffer from migraines and headaches. To fully understand the depth of the subject, one needs to understand there are many causes and many solutions. There is no “one cause, one solution” in regard to any disorder but, in particular, migraines and headaches. There are several categories of migraines and headaches. We will break them down into 2 major categories with the understanding that each type of headache has a component of each categories: Physical and Metabolic.
Physical subcategory can be highlighted by tightness and tenderness in the back of the neck, pain in the temples, behind the eyes, feeling like your head is in a vice. Often times, this is referred to as a “tension headache”. Tension headaches can be helped with a combination of modalities from traditional chiropractic care, acupuncture, soft tissue therapies, therapeutic exercises, as well as workplace ergonomics.
There tends to be stress, poor nutritional habits, and lack of exercise that may play a role in the anatomical and physiological process of these headaches. In addition to tension headaches, there are also pressure headaches. The causes of these can range from as simple as sinus infections to inflammation of neurological tissues (meningitis, encephalitis), brain-bleeds, and tumors/masses. These latter issues can be lifethreatening in acute scenarios and need to be addressed in an emergency room. Physical headaches can also be an inability to perfuse blood properly. This can be felt when going from sitting to standing quickly after long periods of sitting. The sensation of lightheadedness, headache, possibly visual disturbances, and even loss of consciousness is caused by a poor neurological control of blood pressure. This phenomenon is called Orthostatic Hypotension (OH) and it may indicate poor vestibular, brain stem, and cardiovascular functional disorders. OH can indicate poor blood flow regulation to the brain even at times of rest and movement.
Metabolic headaches and migraines are commonly brought on by an immune system irritants like gas fumes, perfumes, cleaners, toxins, and other environmental triggers. Additionally, there can be dietary triggers including refined sugars, trans fats, gliadin (wheat protein), whey or casein (dairy protein), food colorings, and no-calorie sweeteners like Stevia, aspartame, and Sweet ’N Low. With these headaches, it is best to identify immune triggers and to resolve underlying immune system issues. With many metabolic headaches, hormones may play a role. This can be perceived by the sufferer during certain times of a menstrual cycle, menopause, andropause, thyroid disorders, and adrenal dysfunction.
There are many headache and migraine disorders not referenced above but The Wellness Institute of Dallas has a team that can help those that suffer from migraines and headaches. Often times, there are several of the above occurring at the same time and requires a comprehensive plan to resolve the primary and underlying issues.