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What Are Migraine Tension Headaches?

A migraine is caused by abnormal brain activity, which is triggered by stress, certain foods, environmental factors, or something else. However, the exact chain of events remains unclear. Today, most medical experts believe the attack begins in the brain, and involves various nerve pathways and chemicals. The changes affect blood flow in the brain and surrounding tissues.

It is estimated that between 15-20% of the male population and 25-30% of the female population suffer from migraine headaches. Migraines, or vascular headaches, are divided into several types: common (without an aura); classic (with a preceding aura, usually visual); complicated (those that present with neurological symptoms); and cluster headaches (so named because they present in clusters, sometimes with long periods between episodes).

Migraine Symptoms

To be deemed a migraine at least 10 episodes of headaches in a month or a headache that lasts from 30 minutes to 7 days is usually present. Pain that is pressing or tightening, mild to moderate intensity may inhibit, but does not prohibit activities.  The fact is headache sufferers do not fit into any neat scheme. A migraine is a common type of headache that may occur with symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, or sensitivity to light. In many people, a throbbing pain is felt only on one side of the head.

Migraine Headache Treatment

There is no specific cure for migraine headaches. The goal is to prevent symptoms by avoiding or changing your triggers. A good way to identify triggers is to keep a headache diary. Write down:

  • When your headaches occur
  • How severe they are
  • What you've eaten
  • How much sleep you had
  • Other symptoms
  • Other possible factors (women should note where they are in their menstrual cycle).

 

Understanding your headache triggers can help you avoid foods and situations that cause your migraines. Tips for preventing migraines may include:

  • Avoid smoking
  • Avoid alcohol
  • Avoid artificial sweeteners and other known food-related triggers
  • Get regular exercise
  • Get plenty of sleep each night
  • Learn to relax and reduce stress      

 

Why chiropractic care? Chiropractors are members of a hands-on healing profession that uses natural means to correct imbalances of structure and function. We know that different stress factors are related to chronic Subluxation patterns in various regions of the spine.

 

 

 

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