Ventura Family Chiropractic

Adam McKillican, DC

Chiropractic located in Ventura, CA & Santa Paula, CA

Migraines affect 12% of Americans and are the third-most prevalent illness in the world. For effective headache and migraine relief, Adam McKillican, DC, offers conservative chiropractic care and lifestyle strategies to help you. Located in Ventura, California, at Ventura Family Chiropractic, Dr. McKillican has 20 years of experience reducing or eliminating headaches and migraine pain. Call or click to schedule an appointment online now.

Migraines Q & A

How do I know if I get migraines?

Migraines differ from other types of headaches based on their cause and the type of pain β€” and an array of other distinct symptoms β€” you experience. These symptoms can include:

  • Debilitating, severe throbbing pain
  • Pain on one side of your head
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Dizziness
  • Visual disturbances
  • Sensitivity to light, sound, touch, and smell
  • Numbness or tingling in your face, hands, or feet
  • Pain lasting from 4-72 hours

In about 25% of cases, you may experience an aura before getting a migraine. An aura typically lasts one hour before your migraine begins. With an aura, you can sense a migraine coming on, or you begin to experience light or sound sensitivity or visual disturbances before your migraine begins.

What causes migraines?

Migraines are a neurological condition that affects the pain pathways in your brainstem. Unfortunately, researchers are unsure what causes changes to these pain pathways, though heredity and being female may predispose you to migraines.

Common migraine triggers include:

  • Weather changes, especially changes in air pressure
  • Lack of sleep
  • Dehydration or poor nutrition
  • Hormonal changes
  • Drinking alcohol
  • Stress and anxiety disorders
  • Specific foods, including dairy, coffee, tea, and additive monosodium glutamate (MSG)

Understanding your triggers and maintaining a healthy lifestyle can limit the number of migraines you experience, or lessen their severity. It’s also important to incorporate healthy lifestyle habits, including exercise, stress management, and proper nutrition, to support your body and stabilize your energy, blood sugar, and mood.

What could be causing my headache?

In addition to migraine triggers, other common causes of headaches include:

  • Muscle tension
  • Decreased range of motion in your neck
  • Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) dysfunction
  • Intervertebral joint dysfunction
  • Dehydration
  • Postural issues
  • Hormonal changes
  • Exposure to irritants, including cigarette smoke and cleaning solutions

Dr. McKillican manages all types of headaches and creates a personalized treatment plan for you to relieve your symptoms. He works with you to identify headache and migraine triggers, lifestyle factors, and musculoskeletal issues that may be contributing to your pain.

How are headaches and migraines treated?

For headaches and migraines, Dr. McKillican assesses your triggers and areas of pain, which may include pain in specific areas of your head, jaw, and neck. He performs a thorough exam to determine if you can benefit from chiropractic care and provides appropriate treatment recommendations.

Chiropractic care for headaches and migraines focuses on reducing your pain, improving your range of motion, and decreasing muscle strain and abnormal movement patterns β€” including postural issues. Your visit may include stretching, muscle work, chiropractic adjustments, or exercises. Dr. McKillican may also recommend lifestyle solutions and nutritional suggestions to reduce your symptoms.

Get the relief you want by scheduling an appointment online or by phone at Ventura Family Chiropractic now.