Migraine Headache Specialist

Soma Healthcare Center

Lawrence Rugg, D.C.

Chiropractic Clinic located in Elmhurst, IL & Chicago, IL

Migraines can leave you nonfunctional and confined to a quiet, dark room. Over the course of his 21 years in practice, Lawrence Rugg, D.C. has had great success treating migraine pain. At Soma Health Care Center, our clinicians use a holistic, up-to-date approach to treat your migraine pain. If you want relief from chronic migraines, make an appointment with one of our specialists in Chicago and Elmhurst, Illinois, to discuss your treatment options today.

Migraine Headache

How is a migraine different than a headache?

Both migraines and headaches cause pain, but migraines tend to be more intense headaches accompanied by a variety of additional symptoms, including:

  • Sensitivity to light and sound
  • Blurred vision
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Loss of appetite
  • Dizziness
  • Fatigue
  • Visual spots or auras

Headaches and migraines differ in their location and duration as well. You’ll usually feel headaches between the head and neck and they last anywhere from minutes up to a few hours. Migraines feel like throbbing pain at the front or side of the head and last for hours or days.

What are the common triggers of migraines and how do I avoid them?


Nightshade vegetables, caffeine, alcohol, MSG’s, and dehydration trigger migraines in some people. To prevent this, keep a food diary to pinpoint which foods trigger your migraines so you can avoid them.

Weather changes

Changes in humidity, temperature, and barometric pressure may influence the onset of migraines. Although you can’t control the weather, you can keep track of which variables trigger your migraines and try to avoid them by staying inside on those days.


Some people experience exercise-induced migraines that result from the redirection of blood flow. Work with your provider to come up with a gradual exercise plan to help sidestep migraines.


Emotional sensitivities can lead to migraines. You can manage stress with your favorite relaxation techniques and breathing exercises, such as yoga, massage, and meditation.


Lack of sleep provides the perfect circumstance for a migraine. It’s best if you maintain a regular sleep schedule and get the optimum amount of sleep.


Estrogen and progesterone reduction before menstruation may lead to migraines. Your primary care doctor may suggest birth control pills or hormone replacement therapy to help regulate these hormone shifts.

How do I find relief from migraines at Soma Health Care Center?

Studies show that chiropractic care helps reduce the frequency and intensity of migraines. At Soma Health Care Center, our experts can perform upper neck manipulation and sinus pressure/headache release to optimize spinal function and improve migraine symptoms.

The specialists can also recommend exercises and provide nutritional advice to minimize migraine triggers. They can also discuss ergonomics, proper posture, and relaxation techniques with you to reduce tension.

The health care providers at Soma Health Care Center can administer acupuncture and massage as well, which may reduce migraine symptoms. If you would like to explore treatment options for your migraines, contact the office for an appointment.