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Migraine Specialist

Mark Addona, DC

Chiropractor located in Westfield, NJ

More than 36 million Americans experience migraine headaches. If you’re one of them, chiropractic care may be able to provide relief. At his self-titled practice, experienced doctor of chiropractic Mark Addona, DC, offers holistic, noninvasive treatments to manage the pain of migraine headaches. To make an appointment at the practice in Westfield, New Jersey, call the office or click the online booking feature today.

Migraine Q&A

What is a migraine?

A migraine is a type of headache that causes intense, throbbing pain on only one side of your head. Depending on the severity, a migraine can last for hours or even days, interfering with your ability to work or do other routine tasks. 

Researchers aren’t entirely sure what causes migraine headaches, but a combination of healthy lifestyle changes and routine chiropractic care may reduce uncomfortable symptoms and improve your quality of life. 

What are the symptoms of a migraine?

Symptoms of a migraine include:

  • Neck stiffness
  • Visual phenomenon (seeing lights or flashes)
  • Pins and needles sensations in your arms and legs
  • Difficulty speaking
  • Intense, throbbing pain
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Sensitivity to lights and sounds

After a migraine subsides, you might also feel completely drained or like you need to sleep for hours. 

When should I see a doctor of chiropractic about migraines?

Make an appointment with Dr. Addona if you regularly experience migraine headaches and they interfere with your ability to work, exercise, or spend time with friends and family. That’s especially true if you experience migraines more than once a week and at-home treatments don’t provide significant relief.

How are migraines diagnosed?

To diagnose migraines, Dr. Addona reviews your health history and asks about your symptoms, including when the headaches first started and if there are any things that seem to trigger them, like eating certain foods or not getting enough sleep. Next, he conducts a comprehensive physical exam and a neurological evaluation. 

If necessary, Dr. Addona might also order an MRI to capture detailed images of your brain and blood vessels. An MRI can diagnose underlying medical issues, like tumors, infections, or bleeding on the brain.

How are migraines treated?

Dr. Addona treats migraines using conservative, noninvasive means. Often, healthy lifestyle changes are enough to make a significant difference. For example, if caffeine triggers your migraines, Dr. Addona might recommend you stop drinking soda or coffee. You might also benefit from exercising regularly and eating a balanced, nutritious diet. 

When combined with routine chiropractic adjustments, healthy living can reduce the frequency of migraine headaches, allowing you to enjoy a vibrant and active life. 

To explore the various treatments for migraine headaches, make an appointment at the practice of Mark Addona, DC, by calling the office or clicking the online booking feature today.