Migraines Specialist

Alan M Genitempo, L.Ac, DACM -  - Acupuncturist

RECOVR Acupuncture and Sports Rehab

Alan M Genitempo, L.Ac, DACM

Acupuncturist located in Nutley, NJ

As the sixth most disabling illness in the world, migraines are more than just severe headaches. At RECOVR Acupuncture and Sports Rehab in Nutley, New Jersey, pain management specialist Alan Genitempo, LAc, DACM, treats migraines using alternative and holistic products and therapies. For lasting migraine relief, call RECOVR Acupuncture and Sports Rehab, or request an appointment online today.

Migraines Q & A

What are migraines?

Migraines are a type of headache that is often severe and has diverse symptoms. Not everyone gets migraines, but getting them often enough can significantly affect your ability to complete daily tasks at work, school, or home. You might find it hard to focus or be completely incapacitated by your migraines when they occur.

There are many theories about what causes migraines, but experts aren’t sure exactly what goes on in the brain during a migraine. They have several theories and know of some contributing factors. Your genetics, fluctuations of serotonin within the brain, and barometric pressure changes can all contribute to regular migraines.

What are some of the most common signs of a migraine?

A migraine can last for hours, days, or even a full week. Many people with migraines get them in stages, but not everyone who gets migraines experiences all of the stages. If you get migraines regularly, you might be familiar with:

The prodrome stage

The prodrome stage of a migraine starts about a day or two before the official migraine attack phase kicks in. Your symptoms during this time are mild and might include food cravings, fatigue, depression, and irritability.

Migraine auras

Not everyone gets migraine auras, but they come after the prodrome stage for those who do. An aura can affect your speech, senses, and movement. You might struggle to put your thoughts into words or speak clearly. You might also experience vision loss or see lights in your periphery.

The attack phase

Many consider the attack phase to be the migraine itself. That is when the pulsing or throbbing head pain starts for many, but this is not the sole symptom of a migraine. Some people don’t even get head pain. Other symptoms that occur during the attack phase include faintness, light or sound sensitivity, and nausea.

How are migraines treated and prevented?

If you get migraines and want to explore alternative therapies that can treat and prevent them, Dr. Genitempo can help you review all of your options. Many alternative and holistic therapies work well to manage migraines, even when more conventional treatments have not had great results. 

Dr. Genitempo can help you identify migraine triggers, like foods, dehydration, or smoking. Eliminating these triggers from your lifestyle helps, but avoiding your triggers doesn’t prevent every migraine. The following therapies can relieve or reduce migraines:

  • Acupuncture
  • Electric stimulation acupuncture
  • Dry needling
  • Massage therapy
  • CBD products
  • Herbal supplements

With a holistic approach to migraine management, you can reduce your reliance on pharmaceuticals and improve your confidence in treatment. 

Call RECOVR Acupuncture and Sports Rehab to request a migraine treatment consultation or book one online today.