Migraine Headaches

A migraine can cause unbearable pain or throbbing sensation, usually on just one side of the head. It can be accompanied by vomiting and sensitivity to light and noise. The duration of pain lasts for a few hours up to days, and the pain is so severe that it may cause you to become fatigued.

 

Signs and Symptoms

One or two days before, you may experience slight changes in your senses.

Other signs and symptoms can include:
• Depression, mood swings
• Mild constipation
• Frequent yawning
• Craving for food
• Stiffness in the neck
• Thirst or frequent urination
Aura
Aura is a visual disturbance that migraine patients experience. Such visual disturbances include flashes of light and wavy or zigzag vision. The aura usually occurs during the onset of a headache. But sometimes, it occurs before.
There are symptoms of migraine aura usually begin then increase in severity for several minutes, and may last from 20 minutes up to an hour. The symptoms include:
• Loss of vision
• Visual phenomena or seeing different shapes, bright spots, or light flashes in vision
• Needles or pins sensations in leg or arm
• Uncontrollable jerking or muscle movements
• Numbness in the face or one side of the body
• Hearing different unusual noises

Causes

Genetics and environmental factors are considered to be the leading causes of migraines. It may also involve an imbalance in brain chemicals, especially serotonin. This brain chemical helps regulate pain in your nervous system. Serotonin levels are significantly reduced during migraine attacks.

Triggers

Migraine triggers include hormonal changes, foods and food additives, alcoholic drinks, stress, changes in sleep patterns, changes in the environment, or medications.

Prevention
A lot of triggers cannot be avoided. Changes in lifestyle and coping strategies may help to diminish migraine pains. Establishing a daily routine can help reduce stress, preventing migraines. Develop regular sleep patterns and regular meals. Exercising regularly can also help dramatically. Additionally, avoid taking medications that contain estrogen.

Chiropractic Treatment

Headache disorders are among the most common disorders of the nervous system. Utilizing chiropractic treatment and some lifestyle changes to address migraine pains makes sense because drugs have evident side effects.

Studies show that chiropractic care is very effective for the treatment of headaches. Spinal adjustments have shown improvement biomechanical function, improve blood flow, and reduce muscle tension.
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