How Do You Know When A Headache Is A Migraine?

How Can Chiropractor Treat A Migraine?

Migrainemigraine is an inherited tendency to have headaches with sensory disturbance and a complex condition with a wide variety of symptoms. An extraordinarily prevalent neurological disease, affecting 38 million men, women, and children in the U. This kind of a headache is a public health issue with serious social and economic consequences.

A migraine is the 3rd most prevalent and 6th most disabling disease in the world and extremely incapacitating collection of neurological symptoms. For many sufferers, this is a chronic disease that significantly diminishes their quality of life. Researchers now believe that this is a neurological disorder involving nerve pathways and brain chemicals.In spite of the vast prevalence of a migraine and its serious effect on individuals, families and the economy, research into the causes and treatment for this is severely underfunded.

Migraines: Causes, Symptoms and Treatments

A migraine is a severe, painful headache that can be preceded or accompanied by sensory warning signs such as flashes of light, blind spots, tingling in the arms and legs, nausea, vomiting, and increased sensitivity to light and sound.The excruciating pain that bring can last for hours or even days. Migraine is a common problem affecting 36 million Americans, about 12% of the population.1

What are migraine headaches?

The exact cause of migraine headaches is unknown; it is thought to be due to abnormal brain activity causing a temporary alteration in the nerve signals, chemicals and blood flow in the brain.

Headaches can be very debilitating affecting 1 in 4 households in America. They are more common in women than men, and 3% of people have chronic migraines where they experience symptoms for half the month for six months. Read more here.

This is diagnosed by analyzing the symptoms, reviewing family history, conducting medical tests, and eliminating other possible causes of a headache.


Symptoms and causes


Migraines often begin in childhood, adolescence or early adulthood. Migraines may progress through four stages: prodrome, aura, headache and post-drome, though you may not experience all stages. Prodrome: One or two days before a migraine, you may notice subtle changes that warn of an upcoming migraine, including:

Mood changes, from depression to euphoria


Though  causes aren’t understood, genetics and environmental factors appear to play a role. Migraines may be caused by changes in the brainstem and its interactions with the trigeminal nerve, a major pain pathway. Imbalances in brain chemicals — including serotonin, which helps regulate pain in your nervous system — also may be involved. Researchers are still studying the role of serotonin in migraines.

Serotonin levels drop during migraine attacks. This may cause your trigeminal nerve to release substances called neuropeptides, which travel to your brain’s outer covering (meninges). The result is migraine pain. Other neurotransmitters play a role in the pain of migraine, including calcitonin gene-related peptide (CGRP). See more here.

The duration of this will also impact the treatment decision that will give you help and healing and know the things to avoid triggering this will help you to prevent known triggers.

Chiropractic therapy

Chiropractic treatment for migraines

Chiropractic treatment involves moving, stretching and manipulating the spine. Chiropractic therapy does not include drugs or surgery, but uses X-rays and other exams to analyze how the patient’s spine might impact the patient’s health. Chiropractors use devices such as shoe inserts, braces, straps and other tools. They also advise patients on lifestyle issues such as exercise, nutrition and managing stress.

Chiropractic management of migraine

There aren’t many large studies on the value of chiropractic treatment in managing migraines. One study examined chiropractic treatment for different types of headaches, including migraines. The study combined the results of 22 studies, which had more than 2,600 patients total. The studies show that chiropractic treatment may serve as a good preventive treatment for migraines.

Another trial found that 22 percent of people who had chiropractic treatment saw the number of attacks drop 90 percent. In that same study, 49 percent said they had a significant reduction in pain intensity. Read full article here.

Migraine Headaches Can Be Very Debilitating

Although the causes of a migraine are not totally understood, both your environment and your genetics play a role. Those with a migraine are more likely to have depression, anxiety, sleep disorders, other pain conditions, and fatigue. Before puberty, the prevalence and incidence of this are higher in boys than in girls. Symptoms of a retinal of this are short-term blind spots or total blindness in one eye that lasts less than an hour. It is thought that people with this kind of pain have a more than usually sensitive nervous system that reacts to factors to which you are sensitive.

A migraine can have an enormous impact on your work, family and social lives. Studies suggest that a migraine can be triggered by a drop in estrogen levels such as those which naturally occur in the time just before your period. A diagnosing this can be more difficult when a child has the linked symptoms that go with it but has only a mild or very short headache.  If you have this symptoms and causes of a migraine you may call us here: (619) 831-8777. Our goal is to help everyone who suffers from a migraine have an effective treatment they can count on so they can live a pain-free life.

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Author: Allison Yardley

Allison has 6 years in practice as a Chiropractor's Assistant and is a licensed Massage Therapist who writes for numerous blogs online. Feel free to comment or ask questions regarding any of Alley's blog posts.

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