A migraine can be an especially painful and debilitating form of headache. The exact cause is unknown but it is known that the arteries in the head will narrow and then widen for no apparent reason. Some think that it is muscular spasms of the arteries but the trigger points are wide-ranging. Patients report that it is activated by flashing lights, certain foods (chocolate, cheese, MSG, citrus fruits etc), stress or the release of stress and even from the taking of the contraceptive pill.
What is known is that it can affect one in ten people (migraines affect women more often than men) and can result in a severe, throbbing pain which is usually on one side of the head and can be accompanied by feelings of nausea, actual vomiting and a reaction to bright lights. The patient is virtually incapacitated by the pain.
Patients often report receiving warning signs of an impending migraine which include flashing lights, zigzag patterns before the eyes or a tingling feeling in the face or limbs. Redness in the eyes and possible running noses are other indicators. Temporary relief may be achieved through holding an ice pack on the back of the neck or through going to sleep. Sleep is beneficial because it allows your body to return to a balanced state and because it passes time which is what your migraine needs to recover.
Many headaches are the result of a misalignment of the bones and nerves in the neck and the spine. The cause, therefore, may well be from a vehicle accident, whiplash, sports injury or any kind of trauma. In these cases, chiropractic adjustments may well cure the problem and provide lasting headache relief because they treat the underlying cause rather than just the symptoms.
Your Applecross chiropractor will be able to assist you with drug-free chiropractic care and he will also encourage you to identify possible trigger mechanisms which should be avoided to prevent or reduce the severity of future migraines.