how-to-tell-if-your-headache-is-actually-a-migraineMany people mistakenly assume every bad headache is a migraine. While it is possible that the headache is a migraine, it’s not always the case. But how do you know if you have a migraine or another type of headache? Let’s have a quick look at migraines so you’ll know for sure the next time you experience a severe headache.

Migraine Overview


More than 38 million people in the US suffer from migraines. Migraines aren’t fun, and severe cases can even impede a person’s daily activities. Some studies estimate that 91% of adults miss work or can’t function normally during a migraine attack. Migraines are also the cause for moderate to severe disability of about 11 million people.


Migraines are typically more intense and draining, with moderate to severe throbbing pain, and they last much longer than headaches. Unlike headaches that usually occur on both sides of the head, the pain in migraines is typically localized to one side of the head. It often begins in the area surrounding the eye and temple. Besides head pain, migraines often occur alongside other symptoms:

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  • nausea
  • pain behind one eye or ear
  • pain in the temples
  • seeing spots or flashing lights
  • sensitivity to light and sound
  • loss of appetite
  • temporary vision loss
  • extreme tiredness
  • vomiting


Different people have different triggers. Although for some, specific food and drink (like chocolate and alcohol), inadequate sleep, skipping meals, hormonal imbalance, and stress can bring on migraine attacks.


There’s currently no cure for migraines. Most people rely on different combinations of medication to help ease their migraine symptoms. While certain medications are useful in giving temporary relief, they also come with harmful side-effects.

Upper Cervical Chiropractic Care for Migraine Relief

Balanced Living knows one of the underlying causes of migraines and focuses on treating it to give relief to patients. Managing migraines boils down to maintaining a healthy central nervous system. A misalignment in one of the top two vertebrae of the upper cervical spine places pressure on the brainstem and can cause migraines. We are experts in correcting these misalignments. You can expect improvements and long-lasting relief from your migraines once you experience our natural and effective chiropractic care.



  1. Ferri, Fred MD. Ferri’s Clinical Advisor, 2012 ed. Philadelphia, PA: Mosby; 2012.

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