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17 Jan 2018

Migraine Treatments: Part 2

Here at Innovations Health, we’re dedicated to providing you with the quality chiropractic pain management you need. This is why we’re talking about practical treatments for a common everyday pain that many people have to manage. Last time, we discussed the benefits of chiropractic practice on the body to assist with migraines. In this article, we’ll discuss the hormone replacement treatment for migraines, as well as other holistic options for your in-between appointment migraine issues.

Hormone Replacement Therapy for Migraines

Since most migraines are caused and exasperated by hormone fluctuations, hormone therapy could prove to be beneficial for the treatment of your symptoms. If you do go down this path, it’s crucial that you tell your hormone therapist about your inclination to migraines, especially those who experience aura. Migraines with aura will, again, be accompanied by troubles seeing, numbness, trouble finding words and speaking, and potentially smelling things that aren’t there. This is important because your hormone therapy will have to be regulated. Though, recent studies have pointed to hormone therapy being a perfectly safe form of treatment for women with migraines with aura, it should be noted that harsh hormone manipulation has a small chance of increasing the probability of a stroke. Which is why you should be extremely careful when taking pregnancy prevention measures, and carefully avoid hormone manipulation on top of whatever you’re using to treat your migraines.

Other treatments


Avoid triggers, as previously mentioned, red wine is a major culprit for triggering migraines because it possesses a chemical called tyramine. This chemical will work to activate serotonin levels, which is why wine makes you feel good. But in an unbalanced environment it can trigger a migraine, which no one wants. You’ll have to watch out for certain medications, such as the pre-mentioned birth control pills as the hormones will almost certainly set off migraines. Other medications to be wary of are those with a nausea side effect, a lot of the time the heat and turmoil your body experiences while nauseous will cause a migraine. Other triggers will come in the form of fatigue, sickness and hunger. Your body is already overcompensating when these things occur and it can push it over the edge into the migraine danger zone. Stress is a definite cause of migraines, as well as hormone level changes. This is why women are particularly susceptible during their menstruation period.

Beyond chiropractic and hormone therapy treatments for your chronic migraines, you may want to play with some at home remedies for a more immediate response to a migraine so it doesn’t manage to ruin your day, as they can at times. The first thing you should do in the interim between your appointments for chiropractic migraine management or hormone therapy treatment is find some treatments that work for you. In that regard, we have a few tips to help you relieve your symptoms.


Begin with reading your body’s signals to you. Look for strange food cravings, mainly salt, and sugar. Observe your energy levels and mood changes, if you’re getting randomly cranky that point to a hormone flux which could be the onset of a migraine. Watch out for feeling stiff for no reason, especially in your neck, and having a strange need to urinate more often. Constipation and diarrhea aren’t only just unpleasant after-effects of bad food choices, they also might be warning signs that you’re going to get a horrible migraine soon.

Pain Relief

Start off with prescription strength ibuprofen, or 4 100mg tablets at the onset of a migraine. This will act as an extremely efficient anti-inflammatory which will help with your shrinking blood vessels. It’ll help as a blood thinner as well, because it’s much easier to push a thinner liquid through a tiny tube rather than a thick, sluggish substance.

Another thing that will almost always help, in fact, it seems to be the only thing most people with migraines can agree on, is to go sit in a dark, quiet room. Cold compresses or on painful areas will relieve some of the discomforts as well.

Essential Oils

You might try scent stimulations to assist with your symptoms. Many report results with lavender, basil oil, and eucalyptus. These can be applied to your temples, your pulse points for throughout the day stimulation ( you’ll also smell really good), or under your nose like a mentholated topical ointment.

Alter Your Diet

As a long-term solution, you might consider testing out what sort of food acts a trigger for you and actively avoiding those foods. A couple of major ones to look out for consist of dairy products, high-fat fruits -like avocado, citrus, and meats with nitrates like bacon and hot dogs. Recent studies have pointed to a couple chemicals acting as reactants that appear in food like monosodium glutamate, tyramine, and anything that’s been fermented. The major offenders are unfortunately peanut butter and chocolate and onions. So avoid everything you enjoy and you’ll probably be fine, or take a migraine. After all, there’s always eucalyptus and ibuprofen.

Don’t actually give up on yourself and life because of some inconvenient headaches. Instead, check out our chiropractic migraine management services and hormone replacement therapies to help with your symptoms. Together at Innovations Health, we’ll find a treatment regimen for you that works.

We’re very excited to hear from you. Schedule an appointment today and we’ll start you down the path to higher functionality throughout the day. Feel free to read more about our hormone replacement therapy here. If you’re interested in strictly chiropractic help access, Innovations Health for all of your chiropractic pain management.  

10 Jan 2018

Migraine Treatments: Part 1

At Innovative Health and Wellness, we proudly help relieve many adverse effects of the conditions you deal with on a day-to-day basis. If you are one of the thousands of people who suffer from regular migraines, ocular migraines, or migraines with aura then consider trying some of our services! With multiple studies backing the relevance of our treatments in relation to preventing and helping the frequency of migraines, we’re not just blowing smoke.

If you go to a doctor and complain of migraines, they’ll prescribe pills for you, probably a couple different kinds, and then they’ll mention that “different things work for different people.” We’re sorry Doc, but this isn’t the 1950s anymore, and very few people nowadays believe in the mantra: better living through chemical dependency. As with any chiropractic practice, we’re looking to give you long-term solutions to long-term problems, Innovations Health is not looking to hook you on medication.

The Science

If you look at what’s often happening when you’re having a migraine, it’s kinda scary. It’s generally caused by estrogen and serotonin reacting with each other. In severe migraines with symptoms like loss of vision, numbness and loss of speech capabilities, the brain’s blood vessels are shrinking and mimicking a stroke. This is why all of the symptoms above are stroke symptoms, but you’ll be able to raise your arms above your head, and rest assured, you’re not losing brain cells, you’re just having a really bad day. Serotonin is that chemical in your brain responsible for widening or shrinking those blood vessels and depending on the concentration of estrogen, and the fluctuation of that concentration, it can set off the serotonin secretion to over-compensate and what results is a migraine. This is why women are far more likely to experience migraines. In men, it’s only the changing serotonin levels that are what causes this discomfort.

There are quite a few triggers for this reaction. But all of them are mostly guesses at what causes this to happen. The most reliable causes, which have been cross-referenced and studied are stress, mood swings, hormonal shifts, exposure to certain frequencies of light, smells, changes in sleep patterns, weather changes (mostly low-pressure systems coming in), and certain food and drinks like cheese and wine for example. However, all of these “causes” are like the pills you’ll be prescribed, they work differently for everyone.   

Chiropractic Migraine Management

From the above scientific discoveries, we can draw a few conclusions and make some connections. During the chiropractic process, we manipulate the tissues and components of your body by adjusting bones and joints; we can manipulate and help how the blood vessels function. Most patients find improved blood pressure after having chiropractic adjustments done, which directly affects how your blood vessels respond, and how much blood goes to your brain. This notion has been proved by 21 different studies, which with varying control groups, found that patients who sought chiropractic care twice a week for around eight weeks found an extreme improvement in their systems. The measured symptoms that found some resolution included the intensity of a migraine, duration, and frequency of the migraines.

Contact Us

If you’re having issues with intense or frequent migraines, contact Innovations Health for all of your chiropractic pain management needs here in Woodstock. We’d be glad to find a treatment plan that works for you and your specific symptoms. After all, how many times are you willing to suffer stroke-like symptoms that will almost certainly render your day completely unproductive?

Feel free to read more about hormone replacement therapy, which we’ll discuss in the next portion of this series, and chiropractic migraine management on our page.

21 Nov 2014

Are Headaches Affecting Your Daily Activities?

Innovative_Health_and_Wellness_HeadachesHeadaches have many different causes, including environmental factors, stress, illness or disease, poor posture, and food allergies, and migraine headaches often run in families. At Innovative Health and Wellness we offer Headache and Migraine treatment for patients who suffer from these conditions. If you suffer from migraine headaches, cluster headaches or any other type of headaches please give us a call to schedule a full assessment of your specific pain and potential treatment options.


Auto Accidents

Symptoms of a car accident might not appear immediately. Often times ER Doctor’s and Emergency First Responders miss the symptoms and/or misdiagnose the issue. At Innovative Health and Wellness you can expect a thorough exam utilizing the latest in diagnostic tools to help us help you. We’ll create a custom treatment plan that will help you get back to the things you love.


Medical Weight Loss

Are you constantly trying weight loss programs and fad diets only to find you gain the weight back? Our medical weight loss program is personalized to your specific needs. We’ll help you to understand and change your diet and your habits to help you look and feel your best. We offer medically supervised weight loss without hunger as well as individualized nutrition and exercise programs. Call us today to schedule an appointment with one of our Weight Loss experts.


Food Sensitivity Testing

For over 25 years the ALCAT Test has provided patients and healthcare professionals a window into a variety of conditions such as migraines, obesity, and digestive disorders. At Innovative Health and Wellness we can help you identify your specific food allergies or intolerances so you can adjust and improve your diet and your general well-being. Contact us today to schedule an appointment!


Low Back Pain

Four out of five Physical Medicine patients are seeking treatment due to a chronic lower back pain issue. If you are in pain from lower back issues or have a chronic issue with any part of your back please call us today to schedule an appointment. Lower back pain can seriously affect your quality of life and can cause other, systemic, issues with your arms, shoulders, legs, and neck. Determining the cause of your back pain is critical to helping you get on the road to recovery. At Innovative Health and Wellness, our Doctors are experienced with providing treatment protocols to help you overcome your back pain issues. These protocols can include traditional medicine, physical therapy, and simple exercises to help you increase your flexibility and strength. Give us a call today to schedule an appointment and to see how we can help you with your Lower Back pain.


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20 Mar 2014

5 Reasons Why You Suffer from Neck and Shoulder Pain

neck and shoulder painMillions of people across America suffer every day from pain in the shoulders or the neck. This pain and discomfort affects everyday life – you find it difficult to work, to relax, to exercise, and to sleep. The pain may be localized in one area or can spread out in spasms throughout the upper body. There are many different reasons why you experience neck or shoulder pain. Finding out the causes of this common condition will help you avoid the discomfort in the future. (more…)

18 Mar 2014

Headaches: Common Triggers and Chiropractic Treatment

Headaches & MigrainesDo you regularly suffer from the pounding throb of a tension headache, or the intense pain of a migraine? Headaches are a daily or weekly occurrence for many people and are often brought on by lifestyle factors and environmental triggers like posture, food, environmental contaminants, and stress. Read on for some information on headaches, and tips and tricks to prevent headaches and ease the pain of frequent migraines. (more…)


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