Headaches & Migraines Specialist

Christine Thompson, DC, DACNB -  - Chiropractic Neurologist

Danville Chiropractic Neurology

Christine Thompson, DC, DACNB

Chiropractic Neurologist located in Danville, CA

While everyone gets a headache from time to time, if you suffer from headaches or migraines several times a week, talk to Christine Thompson, DC, DACNB. Dr. Thompson is a chiropractic neurologist at Danville Chiropractic Neurology in Danville, California. She can identify the cause of your headaches or migraines and provide customized treatments to relieve your pain and restore your quality of life. She also treats concussions and brain issues. Call to make an appointment or schedule online today.

Headaches & Migraines Q & A

What is the difference between headaches and migraines?

Headaches include pain, pressure, and tension in your head and are often due to other conditions ranging from dehydration to colds and muscle tension. Migraines, on the other hand, are a collection of neurological symptoms that include:

  • Severe headache
  • Pain in the temples or behind one eye or ear
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Sensitivity to light, sound, and smell
  • Seeing spots or flashing lights
  • Seeing auras or halos

While migraines include headaches, not all severe headaches are migraines. In addition to the other symptoms, migraines tend to be more severe than headaches and can last much longer — often between 4-72 hours.

Additionally, migraines also cause warning signs such as constipation, abnormal food cravings, and neck stiffness before an attack.

What are the common causes of headaches and migraines?

A variety of factors contribute to headaches and migraines. 

Common causes of headaches include:

  • Dehydration
  • Food preservatives such as nitrates
  • Alcohol
  • Stress
  • Missed meals
  • Abnormal sleep patterns

You may also have a headache as a secondary condition of another illness such as the flu, upper respiratory infections, or dental problems.

Migraines are caused by abnormal brain activity, which could be triggered by:

  • Hormonal changes including your menstrual cycle, pregnancy, and menopause
  • Stress and other heightened emotions
  • Foods and preservatives such as chocolate, cheese, citrus, and tyramine
  • Physical tension in your neck and back
  • Poor posture
  • Medications including sleeping pills, birth control, and hormone replacement therapy
  • Environmental triggers like flickering lights, strong odors, and secondhand smoke
  • Concussion

Migraine triggers stimulate abnormal brain activity that affects your brain chemistry, blood vessels, and the way the nerves in your brain communicate. 

Medical researchers haven’t identified why some people are more susceptible to migraines than others, although they believe there is a genetic component.

How are headaches and migraines treated?

If you have headaches or migraines more than once a week or if they’re so severe they disrupt your regular activities, make an appointment at Danville Chiropractic Neurology. 

Dr. Thompson identifies the condition or triggers causing your headaches and migraines and offers customized treatments to address the root cause. 

Dr. Thompson applies functional neurology, combining cutting edge neurology treatments with physical medicine, including chiropractic and physiotherapy, to treat headaches and migraines. She also treats concussions and brain issues. 

Call Danville Chiropractic Neurology or make an appointment online today for expert, customized treatments for migraines and headaches.