What our patient’s say…
“I used to have debilitating migraines at least once a month since I was a teenager, I had seen my GP and was given medication, but I didn’t want to take drugs for the rest of my life. A work colleague mentioned she had found great relief with her migraines after she saw her chiropractor, Robert Griffiths (Bob). He really knew exactly what he was talking about, explained everything to me and gave me an incredible first treatment. I felt like a decades worth of tension had been lifted off my shoulders, I went back for some follow up treatments/exercises and I haven’t had a migraine in over 6 months. Thank you SO much! Anna Burnham, Lawyer.
Migraine is a common condition, that affects 15% of adults, in the UK. It is more prevalent in women than men. Migraine can be classified into three main types:
Migraine with aura – There is a warning sign, known as an aura, which often signals the start of a migraine. About 30% of migraine sufferers experience this. Migraine with aura sufferers can have visual problems, difficulty speaking, stiffness in the neck, shoulders or limbs.
Migraine without aura – There is no aura before the migraine begins.
Migraine without headache – Known as a ‘silent migraine’, it is when other symptoms of a migraine develop, but no headache is present.
There are lots of physical factors that can trigger migraines. Such as tight neck muscles, exercise and over-training. At Pro Performance Clinics we can help to reduce the impact of these physical triggers and advise you on lifestyle changes such as diet, exercise and stress management. Migraine can often be well managed with effective treatment and lifestyle changes.
A migraine is a severe headache that occurs at the front or on one side of your head. The location of the migraine can change throughout an attack. The pain is usually a severe throbbing sensation that gets worse when you move. Migraines can affect different people in different ways, most patients begin to recognise the early symptoms of their migraine over time, which means they can act quickly to limit it’s severity.
Other symptoms associated with migraine:
Increased sensitivity to light, sound or smells
Feeling very hot or very cold
Abdominal pain (which can sometimes cause diarrhoea)
Frequent need to urinate
Pins and needles in your limbs
Balance and coordination problems
You may find that you get some of these symptoms as part of your pre-migraine aura. It can start 15-60 minutes before an attack. These symptoms can last between 3 hours and 3 days. It is unlikely that you will get all of the symptoms at the same time, most people get only a few of them. It is very common to experience a lot of tiredness and fatigue for a few days after a migraine.
Migraines can be diagnosed by following a full case history and physical exam. It can take time to establish what your individual migraine triggers are. Keeping a headache and food diary are useful ways to understand when your migraines occur. Further investigation by x-ray or MRI is normally unnecessary for migraines.
Many factors have been identified as triggers for a migraine. These triggers include physical, emotional, dietary, environmental and medicinal factors. They are outlined below.
Physical Migraine Triggers
Poor quality of sleep
Neck or shoulder tension
Travelling for a long period of time
Low blood sugar
Emotional Migraine Triggers
Dietary Migraine Triggers
Lack of food (dieting)
Delayed or irregular meals
Food additives and preservatives
Specific foods/drinks i.e. red wine, chocolate, citrus fruit and cheese
Environmental Migraine Triggers
Computer screens or televisions
Changes in climate
Strong smells e.g blue cheese or perfume
Medicinal Migraine Triggers
Some types of sleeping tablets
The contraceptive pill
Hormone replacement therapy (HRT), which is sometimes used to treat the menopause
At Pro Performance, we can help to reduce the effect of the physical triggers that commonly cause migraines. We will also give you advice and management techniques to reduce the other triggers. For example, stress management strategies, dietary advice, exercise planning etc. In patients with migraine…
1. We relax any tight neck and head muscles using massage, acupuncture and gentle stretching.
2. We mobilise and/or gently manipulate your painful neck joints to relieve any stiffness.
3. We address any underlying poor posture, workstation issues, dietary problems.
4. We will also give you exercise advice to prevent a recurrence of an attack.
Please note, your migraine is very different to everyone else’s, so your treatment plan will be uniquely tailored to suit your individual condition.
Avoiding your migraine triggers and knowing the signs of an attack are key to preventing future attacks. Eating a sensible, balanced diet, exercising regularly and managing stress are all key factors that we can advise you on to reduce the frequency and severity of your migraines.
If you know an attack is about to happen, often finding a quiet, dark and comfortable room to lie down in will reduce the severity of the migraine.
See also other conditions we treat.