How to Address Your Migraine Trigger

Migraine Triggers come in all shapes and sizes. I have not had any two patients, to my knowledge, that have presented with the same symptoms and triggers. There are two components to addressing a migraine trigger: 1) Journal: take note of when your migraine occurs. What did you eat that day? What was your posture like? Did you perform an activity that may have led to your pain? Did your little one need more attention? Was there a connection to hormones? Were you sensitive to bright lights or loud noises? - This approach is to eliminate the things that aggravate your symptoms and avoid anything that may lower your threshold for pain. 2) Address the underlying problem: Most all of the above me

Medication Overuse & Headaches

“About half of people with chronic headache also has medication overuse.” In 2009 30,000 persons aged 30-44 were interviewed. Those with self-reported chronic headache were invited to be interviewed by a neurology resident. What they found: The majority of those with migraines also had medication overuse, and about half of those with neck related or tension type headaches had medication overuse More than 70% of those with medication overuse had headaches with chronic tension-type characteristics. The definition of overdose varies depending on the drug, but generally it is "medication taken on 10 or more days a month on a regular basis for three or more months." With medication overuse it is

What Does An MRI Give Us?

Brief medical jargon followed by an easily understood translation. "The site of cervigogenic headache (CEH) headache pain was not correlated with the site of signal intensity changes of the alar and transverse ligaments. In fact, very few had moderate or severe signal intensity changes in their ligaments. MRI shows no specific changes of cervical discs or craniovertebral ligaments in CEH." This study in the Journal of Headache and Pain compared the MRI results of patients with 3 different types of headache. 46 with cervicogenic type headache (neck related headache), 22 with whip lash associated headaches and 19 with migraines. What did they find? There was no "specific changes" of the cervic

How Does Novera Differ From Massage and Chiropractic?

Headaches come in all shapes and sizes. The severity, frequency and location all seem to vary from patient to patient. But is there a common source? The answer, in most cases, is yes. The body has a knack for fixing itself, and when it is unable to, it will revert to less efficient movement patterns. Improper movement or loss of movement often leads to pain. These movement patterns can typically be corrected when the underlying joint restriction is corrected. Thats where Novera can distinguish itself in a noisy headache and migraine world. We address movement problems by restoring joint mobility. When a massage therapist focuses on muscles and tension, a chiropractor focuses on structure and

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