Migraines are debilitating headaches that can last for hours or even days without the right treatment. Michael Maiorino, DC, of Structural Based Therapy, offers treatment to patients who struggle with migraines in the Alpharetta, Georgia area. Patients with migraines can make their appointment with Dr. Maiorino by contacting Structural Based Therapy.


Migraines Q & A

What is a migraine?

A migraine is a severe headache that usually occurs on one side of the head. It causes a pulsating, throbbing pain that can leave the patient unable to function normally.

Many patients with migraines also experience:

  • Sensitivity to light
  • Sensitivity to sound
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Blurred vision
  • Severe pain

What causes migraines?

Doctors don’t know exactly why migraines occur. However, these headaches are believed to develop because of changes in the way the brainstem interacts with the trigeminal nerve. Some studies have indicated that migraines may also be related to imbalances in certain chemicals in the brain.

Many people experience migraines only after encountering certain triggers. Some of the most common migraine triggers include:

  • Emotional stress
  • Hormonal changes
  • Changes in the weather
  • Consumption of certain foods

Avoiding these triggers can reduce the frequency of migraines. However, some migraine triggers are unavoidable.

How can Structural Based Therapy help with migraines?

When a patient suffers from migraines, many different factors can play a role in the patient’s condition. The doctors at Structural Based Therapy begin the treatment of migraines by performing a physical exam, asking the patient specific questions, and working hard to determine what causes the patient’s headaches. Using this information, the doctor can create an effective treatment plan customized to meet the patient’s needs.

Structural Based Therapy offers several different types of therapy that may be beneficial to patients who experience migraines. Some of the services available to patients with migraines include:

  • Manual muscle therapy
  • Ultrasound therapy
  • Chiropractic manipulation
  • Massage therapy

Each of these treatments offers different advantages to patients with migraines. The doctors at Structural Based Therapy can help patients decide which treatment options will be most effective.

How quickly will patients experience relief?

Patients who have an active migraine at the time of treatment may notice some relief during or after a single session. Likewise, patients who experience frequent migraines will often notice an improvement in their condition after only a few sessions. However, most patients will continue to improve as they attend treatment sessions for a longer period of time.