Most Migraines are very debilitating and can impact every facet of a sufferer’s life. Commonly, people suffer from moderate-severe head pain, depending on what symptoms they have. If you are a migraine sufferer, you may have experienced nausea, vomiting, sensitivity to light, sound or smell. Some experience an aura, or in other words, changes to your sensory input, such as unusual visual changes. You may have experienced dizziness, vertigo or felt unsteady. Also, many migraine sufferers report a general sense of fatigue or a “brain fog”, which makes it hard for them to think clearly.
Obviously, those who experience these frustrating symptoms will have a strong motivation to get rid of the migraines!
Migraine sufferers might have tried a range of treatments including physiotherapy, chiropractors, osteopathy, naturopathy, dietetic therapy or even been referred to a neurologist. Neurologists will sometimes prescribe more invasive procedures, such as nerve blocks, blood vessel cauterisation or botox injections to treat the symptoms. All of these treatments give mixed results and many sufferers will turn to medication for long term symptom management.
This may range from over the counter painkillers such as Paracetamol or Ibuprofen, to stronger drugs called Triptans, which simulate serotonin in the brain. In Australia, some common triptan brand names are Maxalt, Relpax, Imigran, Zomig and Naramig. Medications can work well for some people, but are sometime cost-prohibitive and foster dependency. Unfortunately, prolonged use can actually provoke Medication Overuse Headaches (MOH).
What is my alternative?
If these treatments fail to provide relief, there is another alternative. Recent compelling research has recognised the link between the upper neck and primary headaches and migraines. These findings have paved the way for a highly effective treatment for headaches and migraines, which is treating the brainstem within the upper spinal canal.
Brisbane Headache and Migraine Clinic treats the brainstem and upper neck, using the Watson Headache approach, pioneered based on this evidence. This is combined with a holistic approach, which will ensure results are long lasting and sustainable. Our approach is as follows:
- Drug Free
Our method allows patients to reduce and eliminate medication dependency, which is cost effective long term, healthier and avoids Medication Overuse Headaches.
- Non Invasive
Our methods are completely non-invasive, avoiding long periods of surgical recovery, infection risk, damage to normal function or risks of side effects.
- Extremely safe
Our approach is appropriate for all ages and is not ruled out by disability, frailty, or other conditions such as osteoporosis. Circumstances where the treatment may not be advisable are extremely rare and easily detected.
We recognise that migraines are incredibly unique and require a full examination of an individual’s environment and lifestyle. We seek to address all contributing factors and equip patients so that they can maintain and self-manage a migraine-free life.
- Highly effective
At Brisbane Headache and Migraine Clinic, we are quietly proud of the impact we have been able to make in thousands of lives. We have an excellent rate of success, irrespective of how severe or how long a person’s history of migraines may be. We are confident we can help the vast majority of migraine sufferers, so we encourage anyone seeking knowledge or help with their migraine or headache to get in contact and see how we can make a difference!