Migraine Headaches are not fully understood, but they are believed to be a result of a change near the brainstem. This change affects the blood flow to the brain, and even the neurological signals from the nerves, which in turn produces a headache. The change is brought upon by misaligned joints, tension in the muscles, or even an impingement on the nerves. Migraines usually have triggers which stimulate the response and cause the headache. Triggers are different for each person, though some include: bright lights, loud noises, smells, foods, drinks, stress, changes in sleep cycle, or hormonal changes. When the word migraine is spoken, most people think of it as just a really bad headache. But it is so much more than that. Migraines are extremely debilitating, and are actually in the top twenty most debilitating illnesses.
Symptoms for migraines vary by person, but usually cause intense throbbing or pulsating pain in a certain area of the head, sometimes covering the entire head. Nausea, vomiting, sensitivity to light, and sound are common complaints with migraines. These headaches can last an hour, or even multiple days. Some people will receive a warning before the headache begins, which is called an aura. This warning can begin mere moments before the headache begins, or days beforehand. Some of the warning signs can be blurred vision, blind spots, nausea, increases sensitivity, or tingling.
Most of us have heard of migraines, but do you know just how common they really are? 10% of the United States population suffers from migraines, made up of men, women, and children. That is 36 million people right here at home. There are many causes of headaches which we discussed above, but migraines target certain people. Women are three times more likely to suffer from migraines then men. Plus migraines are genetic; if a parent suffers from them the child is 40% likely to suffer as well. If both parents suffer from migraines the chances of the child suffering as well jumps to 90%.
Migraines are treatable, much like headaches, though you don’t have to keep popping the Ibuprofen in order to keep the pain at bay. Pain killers mask the pain, rather than fixing the problem through the source. Our job is to find the source. Chiropractic care and massage can normalize the musculoskeletal system allowing the brainstem to return to homeostasis and relieve the headache. Homeostasis is the body’s ideal balance, the state of the body when everything is performing correctly. Some things that you can do to help keep your migraines at bay is staying well hydrated, exercise, and learning what your triggers are, though the only thing that will permanently rid you of migraines is to right the body’s homeostasis. Call us at (801) 305-3608 to know more about Migraine Management in Layton, UT and to schedule your appointment.