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How Are Migraines Different From Headaches, And How Should You Treat Them?

A lot of people will only suffer from migraines once or twice in their lives and are not too adversely affected by them. However, there is a severe type of headache called a migraine that can keep returning and be incredibly debilitating. One in every five women suffer from migraines. One in every 15 men suffer from migraines. This is an estimate by the NHS. They usually begin in early adulthood.

The Cause

The exact cause of migraines is still somewhat unknown; the current understanding is that there is a temporary change in the chemicals and blood vessels of the brain.

A Migraine are typically experienced as a severe headache. Often with a throbbing pain in the front or sides of the head. Some people have other symptoms including nausea, vomiting, and extreme sensitivity to light, sound or smells. Migraines can last from a few hours to a few days.

There are different types of migraine. You can get migraines with aura, which is where there are warning signs of the migraine in the form of visual disturbance such as seeing spots, lights or blurred lines. There are also migraines that occur without warning, and it is even possible to have a migraine aura without the accompanying headache.

There are also many different possible triggers;

  • Stress
  • Food
  • Drink
  • Sleeping patterns
  • Hormones
  • Tension

How to Treat them

In order to manage migraines in a regular sufferer, identification of a specific trigger is essential. Behavioural or lifestyle changes playing an important part in the treatment. This includes avoidance of certain foods. Maintenance of a regular sleep pattern. Chiropractic treatment also has the ability to alleviate some contributory factors or after effects including relieve of restriction in movement of the neck, muscle tension in the neck, upper back and shoulders and helping correct any postural issues that may influence the occurrence of both migraine and tension headaches.

 

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