Crucial Information For Migraine Treatment

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Sydney CBD Chiropractor and Functional Medicine specialist Dr Adrian Clegg discusses how his integrated approach to the underlying cause of chronic disease can help with conditions ranging from migraine headaches through to weight loss. Drugs and surgery rarely correct the root cause of migraines or weight gain, but they can offer short term results.

In Australia, the medical treatment of migraine focuses on medications. Different classes of drugs are commonly used in the attempt to either prevent migraines or to help with the severity of the symptoms once a migraine has commenced.

Pain relief medications together with drugs which alter blood flow in the brain are often used. Anti-depressant medications are also commonly used to attempt to alleviate symptoms. The constant use of these drugs causes damage via side effects of the medications. Long term use of migraine medications will also act as a trigger in many cases, meaning the drugs which are meant to help, can now be a cause of much suffering.                      

Before a Migraine Treatment strategy is decided upon Dr Clegg will order varying tests to gather crucial information;

  1. Functional Blood Chemistry Anlaysis (FBCA): Blood tests are used to determine if the migraine is caused by the adrenal glands, thyroid, blood sugar problems, hormonal triggers, infection, inflammation, and mineral imbalance such as Magnesium.
  2. Dried Urine Test for Comprehensive Hormones (DUTCH): A more precise test for adrenal and sex hormones. Many female migraine sufferers experience their migraine at a certain time every month. The DUTCH test allows cycle mapping to measure the fluctuations in estrogen and progesterone levels throughout the month.
  3. Complete Digestive Stool Analysis (CDSA): Candida (yeast) overgrowth and intestinal parasites or bacteria are an often-overlooked cause of migraine headaches
  4. Organic Acids: micro-nutrient status, methylation, neurotransmitters and mitochondrial disorders can all contribute to migraine headaches and are only tested for via an Organic Acids test
  5. Upper Cervical Specific Chiropractic X-ray: The upper cervical region of the spine has been implicated in the development of migraines. When the atlas vertebrae misaligns the flow of cerebro-spinal fluid can become compromised leading to constriction of arteries, which will cause a migraine to develop.
  6. Brain MRI: this rule out pathology or a space occupying lesion.


Metabolic Syndrome is a disorder consisting of weight gain, high blood pressure, diabetes or insulin resistance and cholesterol and lipid abnormalities. As with migraines, metabolic syndrome has underlying causes which are not best treated with drugs and surgery.

Functional lab tests like the ones I’ve discussed above can pinpoint areas that need to be addressed. Many people who are struggling with weight gain have hormonal imbalances in the adrenal or sex hormones. Adrenal fatigue is a well-known cause of stubborn weight gain. In men weight gain can cause havoc with testosterone levels making it even harder to shed unwanted belly fat and add to dangerous deposits around the liver and other organs.

Many simplistic, over the counter Weight Loss Treatment programs are NOT individually tailored for each unique person’s physiology. This form of weight loss via basic calorific restriction will achieve short term results. In the long-term weight gain will return as severely reducing calories and fasting can cause damage to the hormonal and metabolic systems.

Chronic health conditions such as migraines, weight gain and metabolic syndrome require an integrated strategy and not a “ready, aim, fire” approach that just covers up symptoms without correcting the underlying cause.

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Dr. Adrian Clegg

When I began practicing eighteen years ago, people suffering from multiple debilitating conditions had few places to turn to receive the care they needed to get better. As the years have gone by, I began to realise that more and more people were suffering with chronic health problems—feeling tired, depressed, gaining weight, experiencing digestive problems, allergies and a host of hormone issues.

Over the years I have worked with 1000’s of people to help them overcome chronic health conditions using Functional Medicine and AO.