A migraine is a very painful type of headache. People who get migraines often describe the pain as pulsing or throbbing in one area of the head. During migraines, people are very sensitive to light and sound. They may also become nauseated and vomit.
Common migraine is a disorder involving recurrent headaches, which may be accompanied by symptoms other than headache but which rarely include a preliminary warning (called an aura).
- Migraine headaches affect about 6 out of 100 people
- They are a common type of chronic headache
- They most commonly occur in women and usually begin between the ages of 10 and 46. In some cases, they appear to run in families.
Why Migraines Happen
Migraines occur when blood vessels of the head and neck spasm or constrict, which decreases blood flow to the brain. Minutes to hours later, the blood vessels dilate (enlarge), resulting in a severe headache. Inflammation around the blood vessels also occurs in some cases.
- Common migraine accounts for almost all migraine headaches
- Common migraine may be accompanied by symptoms other than headache but only rarely includes any preceding symptoms (aura)
Migraine may also appear as classic migraine (a migraine preceded by other symptoms) and other rare forms. Multiple mechanisms trigger the spasm and subsequent blood vessel dilation.
The underlying causes of symptoms associated with migraines can be relieved and corrected with Chiropractic care. Chiropractic care also works on correcting misalignments that cause headaches and relieving symptoms associated with tension headaches.
For more information about Chiropractic Neurology Center and the conditions we treat, or to schedule an appointment for consultation, contact us.