A “migraine” is an intense throbbing hea

A “migraine” is an intense throbbing headache that may be accompanied by nausea, vomiting, and sensitivity to light or noise. Adult women are three times more likely than men to experience migraines. The frequency of migraine headaches usually peaks between age 30 and 40, and attacks decrease thereafter. The onset of a new migraine headache after age 50 is rare.

Migraine headaches are caused by a combination of nerve irritation and enlargement of the blood vessels in your brain. Migraines tend to run in families and sufferers have inherited a sensitive nervous system from their parents. Patients who are overweight or have other vascular risk factors are more likely to suffer from migraines.

Migraines are set off by “triggers” and the headache occurs when the number of triggers reaches a critical threshold. This can be likened to a glass of water that overflows at a certain point. Known triggers include: neck tightness, stress, smoking, strong odors (i.e. perfumes), bright or flickering lights, fluorescent lighting, too little or much sleep, head trauma, weather changes, motion sickness, cold (ice cream headaches), lack of activity or exercise, overexertion, fatigue, eyestrain, dehydration, hunger, fasting, and hormonal changes, including menstruation and ovulation. Certain medications, including hormones or oral contraceptives are known triggers.

About 20-33% of people who get migraines have warning symptoms, called an “aura”, before their actual headache attack. Aura symptoms develop slowly over five to 20 minutes and can last up to an hour. The most common aura is a band of absent vision with an irregular shimmering border. Some patients report numbness or tingling in their arms or face.

Many patients benefit from the types of treatment provided in this office. Research has shown a “significant reduction” in migraine frequency and intensity through chiropractic care. http://ow.ly/i/uShht

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