Functional Medicine specialist Dr Adrian Clegg DC discusses why migraine treatment in Australia is shifting from focussing on drug therapies to a more integrated approach. This approach focusses on underlying endocrine (hormonal) dysregulation of the adrenal, thyroid and sex hormones, stress reduction, structural correction of the cervical spine, micronutrient (nutritional) deficiencies, and digestive health.
Just as a migraine specialist may rely on prescribing Migraine Treatment to alleviate or avoid symptoms, a functional medicine specialist is concerned with correcting the cause without having to always rely on drugs. Much of the information today around migraine, points to environmental and genetic causes. Genetics play only a very small role which can be largely bypassed through addressing environmental and lifestyle factors. If you are familiar with Single Nucleotide Polymorphisms (SNPs) then you would know that a small variation in the nucleotide of a genome can alter the function of the gene. The variation in MTHFR is one of the most well-known SNP’s. this type of genetic variation has been implicated for certain migraine sufferers.
These environmental and lifestyle factors are;
1. Diet: Certain foods will trigger migraines in susceptible people. Avoiding gluten, alcohol, processed foods, chocolate, sugar, caffeine and dairy is crucial. A clean Mediterranean style diet free from processed foods is one of the best plans to adopt in a migraine treatment strategy.
2. Biochemistry: By accurately testing and knowing your individual biomarkers from blood, urine, stool and saliva testing it is possibly to create an effective treatment strategy to combat migraines. These functional lab tests are often the key in helping to alleviate undue suffering and has been a relatively new development in migraine treatment in Australia.
3. Stress reduction: Today more than ever stress is ruling our lives. Financial pressure, emotional stress, workplace stress and stress from an ever-increasing toxic environment can all trigger a painful migraine. Stress reduction therapies including meditation, yoga, earthing or grounding, air and water purifiers can all help in avoiding triggering a migraine.
4. Exercise: Regular short 30 minute daily sessions are a great way to help stay healthy and control migraines in susceptible people. On occasion exercise may trigger a migraine, in such cases its often due to a sudden decrease in blood sugar levels due to exertion. It’s important to eat within an hour of exercising to avoid dangerous drops in blood sugar levels and a possible migraine.
5. Sleep: Try to go to bed and get up at the same time each day. Sleeping between 10pm and 6am is ideal. Avoid caffeine, alcohol and digital devices like TV and computers in the hours leading up to bedtime.
6. Weather: Changes in temperature and humidity can cause imbalances in certain neurotransmitters (brain chemicals) including serotonin and dopamine. These changing levels of neurotransmitters can trigger a migraine. Whilst you can’t control the weather, it is possible to correct the underlying imbalance of neurotransmitters. Functional Medicine Sydney testing, particularly the Organic Acids test is one of the best ways to assess neurotransmitter levels.
An integrative approach to migraine treatment is having encouraging results for migraine specialists within Sydney and throughout Australia. Functional Medicine treatment strategies based on lab tests combined with structural correction of the upper cervical spine via Atlas Orthogonal technique are showing great results.
This integrative approach starts with many lab tests which conventional medical doctors do not order. The important lab tests that need to be completed are;
1. Functional Blood Chemistry Analysis (FBCA): Helpful in ruling out infection, also used to assess adrenal glands, thyroid, blood sugar, inflammation, mineral and nutritional imbalances.
2. Dried Urine Test for Comprehensive Hormones (DUTCH): A precise test to determine if fluctuations in hormones such as estrogen and progesterone are triggering migraines.
3. Complete Digestive Stool Analysis (CDSA): Often overlooked causes of migraines can be candida (yeast) overgrowth or other bacterial or parasitic infections. Digestive infections are far more prevalent than many people realize and should be examined where indicated.
4. Organic Acids: Neurotransmitters (serotonin and dopamine) can trigger migraines, nutrient status, methylation and mitochondrial disorders.
Dr Adrian Clegg DC has been practicing Functional Medicine in Sydney’s CBD for the past five years. In this time, his safe and effective migraine treatment has helped many of his patients live active and pain free lives.
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