A migraine is a particularly painful type of headache. The pain is often accompanied by other symptoms, making a migraine an experience that can be incapacitating. Migraines often last for many hours and may even last for days in some cases.
Each person can be unique in terms of what they experience with a migraine. Most people have a severe pain, typically a throbbing type pain, that centers on the sides of the head. In addition to the pain, it is common for migraine sufferers to have other symptoms such as nausea, waves of dizziness, blurred vision, sensitivity to light, and sensitivity to sound. Some people who suffer from migraine experience auras just prior to the headache. An aura is a visual disturbance, during which the sufferer will see light distortions, stars, "squiggly" lines, or shimmering light.
The reason that people get migraines is thought to be a sudden change in the behavior of the blood vessels responsible for supplying the brain with blood. Unusual constriction and dilation of those blood vessels causes the migraine. However, the reason that the blood vessels start this behavior is not known.
There are several risk factors for migraine headaches, including gender. Women have a higher chance of developing migraines than their male counterparts. There may be a genetic component, too. If a person's parents had migraines, they are more likely to have them as well. Dehydration, lack of sleep, and smoking have all been identified as raising the risk of developing migraine headaches.
The chiropractor will first check for misalignments when treating migraines. Many people have vertebral misalignments in the neck, which can cause nerve interference and result in migraine headaches. Spinal alignment can often provide dramatic relief, and there may also be physical therapy treatments that help patients deal with migraine symptoms. Dr. Moses will evaluate you for possible nutritional deficiencies. He may also perform craniosacral therapy. The chiropractor can also recommend lifestyle changes that can help reduce frequency and severity of migraines.
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