Headaches and migraines are two different conditions that share the common symptom of cephalgia or pain in the head region. Headaches can throb, ache, clench, stab sharply or burn depending on the type of headache. Headaches can be in the forehead, in the ocular (eye) region, in the temples, in the occipital region (back of the head) or migrate into different areas at different times. Migraines tend to be associated with nausea or vomiting as well as sensitivity to light or sound.
Headaches and Migraines come in many forms:
Headaches can be from hormones, neck and back tension, sinus congestion, stress, poor diet, exposure to toxins, environmental allergies, food allergies, concussion and other trauma, high blood pressure, eye strain, dehydration, and even side effects of medications. Things that mimic a headache might be Bells Palsy or stroke.
Because the nervous system and vascular system tends to play a large role with headaches and migraines it can be effective to get chiropractic adjustments. Chiropractic adjustments regulate the nervous system and vascular system by balancing the structural alignment of the spine which has an impact on headaches. Also tension and misalignment from the neck and upper back can trigger tension headaches either because of referred pain or because of compensation. Consult with your chiropractor about how your body’s alignment might be involved in your condition.
One or two days before a migraine attack, patients start experiencing these symptoms:
Migraine Aura Symptoms
Around 25-30 percent of people with migraine experience aura beforeor during attacks. They are usually visual. Aura symptoms can last for 20-60 minutes.
Some examples of migraine aura are:
During a Migraine Attack
During a migraine attack, you may experience:
After an attack, you might feel exhausted and drained. However, some people report feeling immensely relieved while others may experience muscle pain or weakness.
Though migraine headaches can hurt a lot, they are rarely life-threatening. Migraine can, however, affect a person’s quality of life. People with migraine are often unable to go about their daily business during an attack and untreated migraines can cause depression and anxiety disorders.
Your chiropractor will help alleviate your migraines through spinal and muscular manipulation to help mitigate the impacts of your migraine. They may also talk with you about what your migraine triggers may be and how to best avoid them.