Migraines Specialist

Elite Integrative Medical

Alternative Medicine & Pain Management located in Beverly Hills, CA

Migraines cause severe, one-sided head pain, sensitivity to light and sound, and can be related to other headache types, like tension headaches. To find relief from migraines and chronic headaches, visit Elite Integrative Medical in Beverly Hills, California. With cutting edge treatments integrative medicine techniques and trigger point therapy for muscle tension, you can enjoy more migraine-free days. To set up a visit for treatment, call or schedule online today.

Migraines Q & A

What are migraines?

Migraines are a type of neurological condition that causes severe, one-sided, throbbing headache pain. They can have additional symptoms like:

  • Sensitivity to light and sound
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Dizziness or lightheadedness
  • Pain in the face, jaw, or neck

For some people, an aura or set of symptoms precedes a migraine. Auras may involve seeing flashes of light or specks in your vision, hearing buzzing sounds, or simply feeling off.

Migraines are more severe than other headache types, though research shows that more than 60% of people with migraines experience other types of headaches. Trigger points, areas of tight, tense muscles, can contribute to migraines and other headache types.

What causes migraines?

As a neurological disorder, migraines cause abnormal pain pathways in the brain. While the exact cause is unknown, migraines are understood to have certain triggers like:

  • Hormonal fluctuations
  • Dehydration or low blood sugar
  • Changes in weather and barometric pressure
  • Excessive alcohol or caffeine intake
  • Foods, including some cheeses and MSG

Migraines can run in families, so if you have a parent or sibling with migraines, you might be at an increased risk of developing the condition yourself.

What is trigger point therapy for migraine relief?

Trigger point therapy is a form of hands-on soft tissue therapy that involves your provider applying pressure to muscle knots or adhesions until they relax. They can apply pressure using their hands or a small therapeutic tool to your level of tolerance.

Trigger point therapy addresses muscular tension that contributes to headaches. It increases blood flow to the area to hydrate the tissues and relieve inflammation that may contribute to your pain.

You may experience muscle soreness or even feel like your muscle is twitching or cramping during the procedure, which lasts 5-10 minutes per area. Mild soreness after the procedure is possible, so applying ice can relieve your discomfort.

In many cases, patients report an immediate improvement in their range of motion and a decrease in their pain levels after trigger point therapy.

What other treatments help with migraines?

Additional conservative treatments available at Elite Integrative Medical for migraines include:

  • Massage therapy
  • Chiropractic care
  • Rehabilitation
  • Postural exercises
  • Nutritional counseling

When developing your treatment plan, your provider works with you to identify your migraine triggers and incorporates therapies that address your triggers for pain relief.

Set up an appointment for migraine treatment at Elite Integrative Medical now by calling the office or booking online.