Vestibular migraine headache pain is a neurological condition. It causes moderate to severe head pain, often just on one side of the head. You may experience nausea due to the pain as well as sound and light sensitivity. Vestibular migraines present along with other symptoms such as:
- Dizziness, vertigo, balance issues,
- Hearing problems such as ear stuffiness or a ringing in the ears.
If you are diagnosed with vestibular migraine headaches, what sort of treatment can you expect to receive? Many doctors will prescribe beta blockers. While generally used to reduce blood pressure in hypertensive patients, these drugs are also prescribed to reduce migraine symptoms. SSRIs and other antidepressants are also prescribed since, ultimately, migraines are a neurological disorder. For a drug free lifestyle you can receive Advanced Atlas Orthogonal treatment instead. For this specialty treatment, Ball Chiropractic Center serves the greater SF Bay Area including El Cerrito, Oakland, San Francisco and San Rafael.
Anti seizure medications may also be prescribed. Again, these medications are used to treat symptoms because the underlying cause of migraines is not fully understood. All of these medications are attempting to address the symptoms but of course have side effects.
Natural Vestibular Migraine Treatments
Other actions may be taken to try and prevent migraines. These may be recommended depending on what you determine your trigger to be. The doctor may suggest various stress management methods, such as exercise, as well as dietary changes if certain foods are considered the migraine trigger for you.
For many who suffer from vestibular migraines, upper cervical chiropractic has proved to be a viable approach. Adjusting the C1 and C2 vertebrae, which are found where the brain stem meets the spinal cord, has proved useful in helping to prevent migraine headaches as well as reducing symptoms.
Research with upright MRI’s shows that when a misalignment occurs in the upper neck, blood and cerebrospinal fluid flow is changed, which can result in migraine headaches. Correcting the upper neck misalignments has been shown to change the flow of fluid to, from, and through the brain, resulting in improved brain health and reduced or eliminated migraine symptoms.