Functional Medicine

Sharlin Health, serving Nixa, MO, offers chronic migraine treatment through functional medicine. Migraine is a painful condition that typically affects the head on one side. It is characterized by severe, throbbing pain, and other symptoms also include sensitivity to light and sound, nausea, and vomiting. Symptoms can worsen with activity. For people with chronic migraines, the condition is even more debilitating. They experience at least eight migraines a month, as well as 15 days or more per month of any kind of headache. A single episode of migraine can last anywhere from four to 72 hours.

If you are looking for chronic migraine treatment near Nixa, you’ve come to the right place.

Warning Symptoms Of Chronic Migraine

Migraines may come with warning signs referred to as “aura,” which can include blind spots, tingling, and flashes of light, and can sometimes mimic symptoms of stroke or seizure. Sometimes, sufferers of migraines might not even have a headache as the primary symptom, which is sometimes called “Late Life Migrainous Accompaniment” but can affect people as young as 40. Migraines with brainstem aura can cause vertigo, ringing in the ears, staggering gait, slurred speech, double vision, and even loss of consciousness. At Sharlin Health and Neurology, our neurologists understand the complexities of migraine presentation.

Genetics & Environmental Factors Play Role In Migraine

Migraine is thought to be caused by a mixture of genetic and environmental factors, including changes in the brainstem and the trigeminal nerve. These changes can trigger the release of neuropeptides, which can cause migraine pain. Other neurotransmitters, such as CGRP, are also involved in the pain of migraine. Additionally, brain chemical imbalance, such as serotonin, which aids in pain regulation in the nervous system, may also be involved. During a migraine attack, serotonin levels drop, which can exacerbate symptoms.

What Factors Trigger Your Migraine?

​​Migraine is associated with stress, imbalances in hormones, chemicals, food sensitivities, alcohol, physical factors, changes in the wake-sleep pattern, and changes in weather or barometric pressure, among other environmental factors. Our functional neurology approach recognizes the role of the gut in migraine. People who suffer from migraines have a specific mixture of bacteria in the gut that can make them more sensitive to some foods, which activates the immune system related to the gut and changes gut permeability. Low levels of serotonin in the gut, the area in which the majority of serotonin is produced in the body by gut bacteria, seems to be associated with migraine.

We Discover The Root Cases For Your Migraine

At our neurology clinic, we believe that functional medicine is an effective approach to addressing migraine at the root, as it evaluates the causes of chronic illness with a scientific framework known as “systems biology.” It uses a system called the Functional Medicine operating system to sort out why the disease occurred in the first place. This system consists of the Therapeutic Lifestyle Factors, the Functional Medicine Matrix, and the Functional Medicine Timeline. The Matrix helps practitioners assess imbalances at a cellular level and empowers migraine sufferers to make changes to resolve imbalances. It consists of seven nodes: Assimilation, Structural Integrity, Energy, Defense & Repair, Biotransformation & Elimination, Communication, and Transport.

If you are seeking relief from migraines, cluster, or tension headaches in the Nixa area, reach out to Sharlin Health for assistance.


Understand The Seven “Nodes” on the Functional Medicine Matrix


Please click to learn about the Assimilation node of the Functional Medicine Matrix. Assimilation refers to digestion and absorption of nutrients in the gut, as well as the health, diversity, and balance of the microbes that inhabit the digestive tract.


Please click to learn about the Biotransformation & Elimination node of the Functional Medicine Matrix.Biotransformation & Elimination refers to the way in which the body handles products of metabolism, toxic elements, drugs, and other chemicals, and eliminates waste through the urine, stool, and sweat.


Please click to learn about the Communication node of the Functional Medicine Matrix. Communication refers to hormones, neurotransmitters (the chemicals nerve cells use to communicate with one another), and inflammatory mediators called “cytokines.”

Defense & Repair

Please click to learn about the Defense & Repair node of the Functional Medicine Matrix.Defense & Repair refers to chronic inflammation, how different parts of the body influence the immune system, and the factors that lead to a breakdown in the normal role of the immune system.


Please click to learn about the Energy node of the Functional Medicine Matrix. Energy refers to the way that every cell in your body creates the fuel that it needs to carry out normal biological functions.

Structural Integrity & Transport

Please click to learn about the Structural Integrity & Transport nodes of the Functional Medicine Matrix. These refer to two critical and over-lapping functions in the systems that govern how the body works.

Schedule Free

Your first step is to schedule a free 15-minute telephone consultation with Callie Maggard, Brain Tune Up! Program Coordinator. Please select the time you can be reached by telephone and complete the form afterwards. These steps are critical! Because of the high volume of interest, we are unable to answer your calls or questions until you have scheduled through this process and completed the intake form.

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Program Coordinator: Callie Maggard“Thank you for your interest in our program. I look forward to speaking with you about your health conditions and how our program could potentially help change the trajectory of your health.”

My program accepts out-of-state patients. Brain Tune Up! is a 5-8 month program. In order to be accepted into my program my team and I have to see you for the two-day initial neurological evaluation in-person, but we then can customize the rest of the program in a virtual setting for patients who are traveling from far distances. This will be explained when you schedule a telephone consultation.