Migraine Specialist

Dr. Jeffrey James

Chiropractors located in Tristate Area, Evansville, IN

If you suffer from migraine headaches, you’ve probably tried everything from special diets to medications without long-term relief from symptoms. At Dr. Jeffrey James Chiropractic Care in Evansville, Indiana, Dr. Jeffery James uses chiropractic techniques, gentle spinal manipulation, and other natural therapies to provide relief from the disruptive symptoms of migraines. If you are searching for a long-term method of managing your migraines, call the office today to schedule a consultation or request an appointment online.

Chronic and Acute Migraine Q & A

What causes migraines?

The medical community doesn’t completely understand the exact cause of migraine headaches, however, structural problems in your cervical spine (neck), genetics, and certain environmental factors may all contribute to intense migraine pain and other associated symptoms. If you suffer from recurring migraines, typically, something triggers the onset of your headache, such as:

  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Caffeine
  • Processed foods and food additives
  • Skipping meals
  • Stress and anxiety
  • Hormonal changes such as estrogen fluctuation in women
  • Strong smells like smoke or perfume
  • Bright lights
  • Loud noises
  • Weather changes in humidity, temperature, or air pressure
  • Changes in sleep patterns

Since the underlying cause of migraines is different for everyone, Dr. James takes a whole-person approach to determine your triggers, including any structural issues in your neck and spine that may be causing an imbalance in other systems. Finding treatments and therapies that bring your body back into balance and improving your overall health can greatly reduce the frequency of your migraines.

What are the symptoms of migraine headaches?

Migraine symptoms often begin a day or two before the onset of a severe headache, and may include any of the following:

  • Stiff neck
  • Irritability
  • Depression
  • Fatigue
  • Food cravings
  • Increased sensitivity to light and sound
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Pulsing, throbbing pain in your head and neck
  • Severe pain on one side of your head

Once you’re in the middle of a full-blown migraine, the pain can be debilitating and last up to four hours if they respond to treatment, such as medications. However, migraine symptoms can last up to a week if they don’t respond to treatment.

How does a chiropractor relieve migraine pain?

Dr. James takes a comprehensive approach to migraine treatment that does not involve a reliance on prescription medications. He considers all potential causes, including structural issues in your spine and neck, so he can create an individualized treatment plan. Your treatment plan takes advantage of your body’s natural ability to heal itself, and may include:

  • Gentle cervical spine (neck) chiropractic adjustments to alleviate pressure
  • Avoiding the triggers that lead to your migraines
  • Adjusting your diet and nutrition
  • Improving posture at work
  • Exercises and relaxation techniques to reduces stress
  • Physical therapy

When you come to Dr. James’ office for help with migraine pain, you can expect to receive a comprehensive treatment plan that encompasses many different aspects of your health. When you make the necessary adjustments to your diet and lifestyle, along with the specific chiropractic care that Dr. James recommends, you can enjoy fewer migraines and debilitating symptoms long term.

If you’ve tried other methods of relieving migraines without success, call Dr. Jeffrey James Chiropractic Care for an appointment or use the online booking system.