Migraine Specialist

If you’re one of the millions of people who regularly suffer from migraine headaches, you understand the need for help. The pain management specialists of IMC Physical Therapy in New City, New York take an integrated approach to dealing with migraines that focuses on the underlying problems that may trigger them.

Migraine Q&A

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What is a migraine?

Migraines are severe, throbbing headaches that often come with nausea and vomiting. The pain from one is disabling for many suffers, leaving them with extreme sensitivity to sound and light and unable to think clearly for hours after the pain subsides.

What are the symptoms of a migraine?

Migraines are complex occurrences, so the symptoms vary by person. Many experience what’s called a prodrome, which are early indicators of an impending migraine. Prodrome symptoms include things like neck stiffness, increased thirst, and mood changes. A few also have an aura right before the headache hits that includes visual disturbances or speech problems. The muscles might feel weak, as well.

During the migraine attack, you experience throbbing pain on one or both sides of the head. You may also feel lightheaded and be sensitive to light, sound and certain smells. After a headache passes, there’s a postdrome phase that leaves you weak, feeling confused and perhaps dizzy and unable to do anything but sleep for hours.

What causes a migraine?

Migraines are poorly understood by medical science, but the cause may be a combination of genetics and environmental factors. Beyond that, there are a number of theories about what’s going on in the brain before and after an attack such as hormone fluctuations or changes in neurotransmitter levels. What we do know is there are triggers and other factors that put you at risk. One of the biggest is stress. Other considerations include:

  • Weather changes
  • Food additives such as MSG
  • Changes in sleep habits
  • Bright lights or glare
  • Drinks with alcohol or high caffeine content
  • Physical exertion
  • Medications, especially the overuse of pain relievers

Generally speaking, if there’s a history of migraines in your family, you are at risk.

How can IMC Physical Therapy help with migraines?

There are a number of alternative treatment options available that are proven to help reduce migraine attacks. There’s clinical evidence that acupuncture is helpful for headache pain, for example. Massage therapy is also a treatment option, especially since stress and poor sleep are known triggers.

IMC Physical Therapy
188 S. Main St.
New City, NY 10956
Phone: 845-204-3834
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IMC Physical Therapy
188 S. Main St.
New City, NY 10956