Migraines

The Wellness Institute Of Dallas

Functional Medicine & Functional Neurology Practice located in Dallas, TX

Migraines are the leading cause of severe headaches and affect about 12% of the population in the United States. For natural solutions to your migraine pain, Brandon Nutt, DC, and Matt Rayner, DC, at The Wellness Institute of Dallas offer nutritional counseling, supplementation support, and chiropractic care. Located in Dallas, Dr. Nutt and Dr. Rayner have extensive training in natural care for migraine relief. To learn more, call the office or schedule an appointment online today.

Migraines

The Wellness Institute Of Dallas

What are the symptoms of a migraine?

Migraines are a neurological condition that causes intense, one-sided headache pain and other symptoms, including:


  • Sensitivity to light, sound, and smell
  • Facial pain, including jaw pain
  • Numbness and tingling in your face, jaw, or arm
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Dizziness
  • Fatigue


Some people experience an aura before a migraine occurs, which signals that a migraine is about to begin. If you experience migraines, it’s often best to lay down in a quiet, dark room until the migraine passes. Migraines can last between four and 72 hours.

What causes migraines?

The exact cause of migraines is unknown, though researchers believe that abnormal pain signaling in the brain and brainstem may cause migraines. Certain factors may put you at a higher risk of developing migraines, including being female and having a family history of migraines.


There are also many migraine triggers, including:


  • Excess caffeine or caffeine withdrawal
  • Certain foods, including red wine, coffee, tea, dairy, and MSG
  • Noxious chemicals in the environment
  • Flashing lights
  • Weather changes, especially changes in barometric pressure
  • Hormonal changes


Maintaining a consistent schedule, including eating and sleeping at regular hours, can reduce your risk of triggering a migraine. Dr. Nutt and Dr. Rayner provide other personalized lifestyle measures you can take to reduce the frequency and intensity of your migraines.


How are migraines diagnosed?

Migraines are diagnosed based on your symptoms and a physical exam. Dr. Nutt or Dr. Rayner ask you questions about your headaches, any triggers you’ve identified, and other treatments you’ve tried. Next, they check your blood pressure, your range of motion, muscle strength, and nerve function.

Blood tests or imaging, including X-rays or an MRI, may be needed to rule out other causes of your symptoms. Based on your exam and testing, they explain your diagnosis and recommend a treatment strategy to help you.


How are migraines treated?

Dr. Nutt and Dr. Rayner focus on natural methods for migraine relief, including nutritional counseling, supplementation, chiropractic care, and massage therapy. In some cases, they may refer you to a neurologist for medication.

Using functional medicine and functional neurology, Dr. Nutt and Dr. Rayner develop a personalized plan to help you eliminate your migraine triggers and improve your quality of life. Treatment may include changing your diet to avoid dietary triggers or supplementing with certain vitamins or minerals to support brain health.

To schedule a migraine consultation, use the online booking feature or call The Wellness Institute of Dallas directly today.