A migraine is a headache that causes symptoms of throbbing pain or pulsing sensation. It’s often accompanied by nausea, vomiting, and extreme sensitivity to light and sound. Migraine attacks can cause significant pain for hours to days and can be so severe that the pain is disabling. Migraines often begin in childhood, adolescence or early adulthood. An episode can last from four to 72 hours if untreated and the frequency migraine headaches occur varies from person to person.
“Over 70% of all headaches arise from problems with the cervical spine and its related structures.” – Boake, H.
Migraines are often undiagnosed and untreated. If you regularly experience signs and symptoms of migraine headaches, keep a record of your headaches and how you treated them. Then make an appointment with your health care provider to discuss your headaches. If you have a history of headaches, see your doctor if the pattern changes or your headaches suddenly feel different.
Medications can help prevent some migraines and make them less painful. Talk to your doctor about different migraine treatment options if you can’t find relief. The right medicines, combined with self-help remedies and lifestyle changes, may help.
A number of factors may trigger migraines, including hormonal changes, foods, food additives (MSG for example), caffeine or alcoholic beverages, stress and poor sleep hygiene. Though migraine causes aren’t understood, genetics and environmental factors appear to play a role. Migraines may be caused by changes in the brain stem and its interactions with the trigeminal nerve, a major pain pathway. This is a KEY reason why the health of your nervous system is so important when considering care for migraines.
Specific, corrective chiropractic care and evaluations are an important piece of the puzzle when addressing the CAUSE of migraines. If over 70% of headaches are caused by poor neck curve or misalignment in the spinal column (subluxation), NOT seeing a chiropractor when coping with headaches seems counterproductive.
Begin incorporating chiropractic care into your life, create a daily schedule, establish a daily routine with regular sleep patterns and regular meals. In addition, try to control stress and exercise regularly (functionally of course)!
These changes could be the difference in living migraine free!