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Migraine Headache

Find Relief from Migraines today with Chiropractic

Migraine Headaches are the second most common type of headache after TensionHeadache. It is estimated that migraines affect 1 in 4 women and 1 in 12 men in the UK. Migraines usually begin in young adults with about 9 in 10 having their first migraine before they are 40 years old. It is however possible for migraines to begin later in life.

There are two types of migraine. Migraine with aura (warning signs) sometimes referred to as common migraines, and migraine without aura often called “classic migraines”. If you have a migraine with aura, you may see things such as zigzag lines or stars, or have a temporary blind spot about 30 minutes before theheadache starts. However even if you do not experince an aura, you may have other warning signs in the period before the headaches starts, such as a craving for sweets, needing the toilet, thirst, sleepiness, or depression.

The headache associated with migraine is throbbing or pulsating in nature. It can be very severe and debilitating and is usually made worse by light, noise and bending over and often relief can be found by lying down in a quiet, dark room. The pain can be on one side or on both sides of the head, with the most intense pain being concentrated around the sides of the forehead. The headaches is often associated with nausea/vomiting, irritability, dizziness, visual disturbances, part of the body going numb/weak/tingly and fatigue.

A migraine can last anything from 4 to 72 hours but even after the headache is gone you may be left with neck pain and feeling mentally dull and extremely sleepy. It may not be easy to identify what is triggering your migraine and it therefore may be necessary to keep a diary for a while. The most common triggers are: neck problems, stress, lack of sleep, low blood sugar, flickering lights and certain foods. If your migraine attacks are triggered by a single thing it is then easy to avoid it, however that is rarely the case. For a lot of people, it is a combination of factors that will act as a trigger.

And here is the good news when it comes to chiropractic treatment and migraines: for a lot of people the neck (joint stiffness, muscle spasm and restricted range of movement) plays a big part in triggering an event and having it taken out of the equation can significantly reduce the frequency of attacks in some people.

Chiropractic treatment to help migraines includes:

• Chiropractic adjustments to improve spinal function to alleviate stress on your system and reduce muscle spasm.
• Nutritional advice, including recommendations on a change of diet and perhaps the addition of B complex vitamins or magnesium if appropriate.
• Advice on posture, ergonomics (work postures), exercises and relaxation techniques Get the help you need to diminish chronic headaches and migraines without relying on medication. Contact us today.

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