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Migraines

Summary

It starts with a dull ache. Then becomes a beating and eventually, full force pain. This is a common experience for anyone who has had a headache. The dull ache that forms just to the side of the head then progresses as the ache turns into pain. When this pain can get really intense. So intense that some have called in sick, stayed in bed and restrict their exposure to both light and sound. These intense headaches are referred to as migraines. 

Migraine pain is known to be debilitating. Sadly there is no one source that can be used to pinpoint the origin or cause of the migraines. The general belief among medical professionals is that migraines are abnormal activities or dysfunctions around the neck and head that is affecting the brain causing pain. About 12% of the American population experience migraines.(MedicalNewsToday.com) Most are between the age of 15 and 55.

 

Cause

Though there isn’t one answer for everyone about why they get migraines, there are several common triggers that are indicators that one is coming. These triggers can include but are not limited to the following:

  • Hormonal Changes
  • Emotional Triggers (depression, anxiety, shock, etc)
  • Diet Changes (lack of nutrition, dehydration, etc.)
  • Medications (anti inflammatories, caffeine, etc.)
  • Environment (lighting, sounds, smells, etc)
  • Structural Dysfunctions (posture, exercise, overexertion, spinal alignment, etc.)

Effects

The symptoms can vary from person to person. The most common symptom is a throbbing, non stop head pain. Not to be confused with a regular headaches that are short in comparison and more of an ache than actually pain. Migraines are constant and unrelenting. They can last anywhere from a few hours to days or even weeks at a time. This pain can bring on bouts of depression, anxiety and physical weakness. The effect a migraine has on the rest of the body can be overwhelming and debilitating.

Common Effects by system they affect:

  • Vision – Sensitivity to light, blurred or distorted vision, flashes of light
  • Gastrointestinal – Nausea, vomiting or loss of appetite
  • Auditory – Sensitivity to sound or aura 
  • Cranial – Dizziness, lightheadedness, malaise, irritability, congestion and scalp tenderness.

Treatment

As with any treatment plan, your therapist needs to be made aware of the severity of the migraines. When did they start? How long do they typically last? What other treatments have you tried? Did any of them help? Try to give your therapist a complete picture of your condition to evaluate the best course of treatment moving forward.

Your therapist will also run you through a simple evaluation. This evaluation is to check the structure and function of the affected areas. It will also help them rule out possible myofascial restrictions that might be pulling on the area. The ease or difficulty of the evaluation movements will also help us set the pace for treatment since we will have to work with what the tissue is ready for.

Your therapist will start to connect the dots along the fascial lines of the body to treat the whole problem and not just the site of pain. Now that we have an idea of how to proceed, your therapist will use manual therapy tools to break down fascial restrictions and lengthen congested tissue throughout the affected areas. First few treatments will be focused around the shoulders and neck. Future treatments can include the back, hips and even the feet depending on how far the dysfunction has traveled. 

Each visit will have a re evaluation to check progress and make adjustments to treatments as needed. Remember that your pain is chronic and sadly there is no magical number of visits to guarantee the results you are looking for. With that said, you should notice improvement every visit. Constant care is critical when starting out the treatments. A minimum of once a week if not twice a week is needed to get recurring migraines under control.

When the migraines have subsided and the frequency has diminished, we recommend an overall structural treatment we refer to as our 10 sessions of Structural Integration. Though regular treatments will help treat and maintain, the 10 sessions can help with underlying issues found throughout the entire body which will support the structure and function of the neck and head reducing the chances of the migraines returning.

 

Jeannie from Clearfield, UT Testimonial

I am a 62 year old female. For several years, I have become less flexible and stiff. I was introduced to Structura and finished the 10 weekly sessions of Structural Integration. They are very professional and knowledgeable. I would highly recommend Structura Body Therapies’ therapy.

Pamela from Utah Testimonial

I was afraid to try Structura because I heard the therapy might be painful. But it was going into months and months with plantar fasciitis and not being able to walk without limping and waddling. That was painful too. Through the therapy sessions, I found that I was twisted and seized up all over. I’m not sure when the fasciitis actually completely healed, but it did 100%. The therapy was a little painful, but nothing like the pain of months of fasciitis and years of waddling. At 58 years old, I can finally move my legs again so I can walk normally and start exercising.

Lisa from Layton, UT Testimonial

I felt so good after each of the 10 sessions of Structural Integration. Parts of my body that bothered me before the session felt so much better after being worked on. My knees that hurt before, didn’t bother me after being worked on.

Kellie from Hooper, UT Testimonial

I am running again! Less than a year ago, I had a doctor, physical therapist, and a chiropractor all tell me I needed to stop running because of constant back and neck pain, along with ankle and groin injuries. Well, they were wrong! Because of Stuctura Body Therapies, in the last 2 months, I have ran a half marathon, a 5K, and I am continuing to run 3 times a week. The 10-week Structural Integration program, and continued maintenance, have been a true blessing for me. The therapists and staff at Structura are the best, and are professional and caring. So grateful to have found this amazing technique.

Kaylee from North Ogden, UT Testimonial

I was experiencing a lot of knee pain after having surgery for a torn ACL. Months of physical therapy and a 2nd knee surgery didn’t help the pain and issues I was having. I was ready to just live with the pain but I decided to give Structura’s therapy a try. It has helped my knee tremendously! My knee pain is gone and my range of motion is back! So happy I found this therapy! If you are experiencing pain that your doctors can’t figure out, I would highly recommend Structura’s therapy!

J. Sanchez from Clearfield, UT Testimonial

I was introduced to Structura Body Therapies by a family member.  I have suffered from chronic pain for the past 9 years and the source of the pain was finally diagnosed. I started coming to Structura to see how their therapies could help me before, between, and after the two hip surgeries I would need to correct the source of my pain. I cannot express enough how pleased I am with the results of the therapy thus far!  I recently had the first surgery and the therapies from Structura Body Therapies have cut my healing time by 4 weeks! I am looking very forward to completing my next surgery and then starting the Structural Integration program with Structura.

Debra Testimonial

The people are friendly, and make you feel at ease. They are very professional, and I saw results fast. I am thankful that there is hope to take away my pain, which I have lived with for so long. I would highly recommend Structura to anyone.

Jessica from Ogden, UT Testimonial

Structura has truly helped me so much! It was a long road to recovery, but I skipped the surgeries and was able to naturally heal over time. I continue to go on a regular basis for maintenance now. This is an amazing way to stay in top performance and learn about mobility and movement.

Tiffany from West Valley, UT Testimonial

I was having some lower back pain and and they’re deep tissue massage helped me feel better. The therapist was really nice and I felt amazing after the 60-minute session. I would highly recommend anyone with back pain to go to them. -Tiffany

Jon from Ogden Utah Testimonial

Working with Structura Body Therapies has been a life-changing experience. They are not only extremely skilled in their practice, but are very educational. I noticed a big difference after the first visit

John
Ogden, UT

Annie from Layton, UT Testimonial

I’ve been able to get my life back thanks to the therapists at Structura. Taylor and Skye were amazing at listening and critically thinking. They were both very professional. I had dealt with 1.5 years of debilitating pain in my lower back and shooting pain down my legs. After physical therapy, multiple steroid shots, and mediations to deal with the pain I heard about Structura. Thanks to these amazing people I can sleep through the night, enjoy activities I love, and play with my kids. I would highly recommend them to anyone needing more than a relaxing massage.

Susan from Neveda Testimonial

I was in a car accident and hurt my neck and low back. I came into Structura Body Therapies and they helped me get rid of the pain I was having. I would recommend to anyone that has been in an accident to come in and get some bodywork done from Structura!

Nick from Kaysville, UT Testimonial

 

I was in a car accident and hurt my neck and low back. I came into Structura Body Therapies and they helped me get rid of the pain I was having. I would recommend to anyone that has been in an accident to come in and get some bodywork done from Structura!

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