Migraines

Migraines can often debilitate people’s lives, causing them to spend hours in darkened rooms and living in dread of the next attack. They are usually one sided and characterised by severe pounding on top of the head or behind the eye and associated with nausea, vomiting, sensitivity to light and sounds, changes in appetite, mood and libido.

Migraine is thought to be due to a vascular event in the head which involves a initial constriction of the blood vessels in the brain, followed by a dilation of the vessels.

The causes and triggers for migraine will often vary. There is a genetic hereditary link and in women it can be associated with their monthly hormonal cycle. It is often triggered by too much or too little sleep, odours such as perfumes, stress, diet and neck tension.

As the exact cause of migraine and associated triggers are poorly understood, finding the right treatment for migraine sufferers has often been difficult.

Chiropractic care has been proven to be effective in reducing the severity and frequency of migraine in many sufferers.[1] [2]One of the hypothesized reasons that chiropractic care can help reduce migraines, is due to normalising of vertebral and nerve function in the neck which helps to reduce the vasoconstriction and dilation of blood vessels in the brain.[3]

 

 

[1] Tuchin PJ, The efficacy of chiropractic spinal manipulative therapy (SMT) in the treatment of migraine. ACO 1997;6;41-47

[2] Tuchin PJ, Pollard H, Bonello R, a randomized controlled trial of chiropractic spinal ,manipulative therapy for migraine. J Manip Physiol Ther 2000; 23;91-95

[3] Vernon H, Steiman I, Hagino C. Cervicogenic dysfunction in muscle contraction headache and migraine. JManipulative Physiol Ther 1992; 15:418-29

 

 

 

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