Every person has experienced a headache in their lifetime, whether it’s a standalone condition or a symptom of another medical issue. Some headache types include sinus headaches, cluster headaches and tension headaches; but the most notorious and debilitating headache type is the migraine.
Causes for Migraines
To date, what causes migraines is largely not known and, because of this, many chronic migraine sufferers are left with few ways that truly alleviate the painful condition. That said, there are some lifestyle factors that can trigger the onset of a migraine for many people in addition to genetic factors. What is considered to be possible causes include shifts in the brainstem and the trigeminal nerve pathway, as well as chemical imbalances in the brain.
When talking about migraines, many triggers are listed as possible reasons for migraine headaches to occur and many who commonly suffer from migraines are aware of their individual triggers. Migraine headache triggers can include:
- Hormonal changes (especially in women)
- Coffee and other stimulants
- Alcohol (especially wine as a result of the tannins)
- Sensory stimuli such as bright lights, loud sounds and strong smells.
- Sleep pattern disruption
- Intense physical activity
- Weather changes such as air pressure changes
- Diet and eating patterns
Common Migraine Symptoms
Migraine headache symptoms are specific to each person that experiences the condition. For chronic users, some symptoms act as warning signs for a few days in advance:
- Mood changes
- Food cravings and increased thirst
- Changes in bowel movement
- Frequent yawning
- Changes in fatigue and sleep patterns
Once the migraine attack appears, some common migraine headache symptoms can include:
- Visual phenomena, such as seeing various shapes, bright spots or flashes of light
- Sensitivity to light, sound and even smell
- Loss of vision
- Pin and needle sensations in arms or legs
- Weakness or numbness in the face or body
- Difficulty speaking or writing
- Noise hallucinations
- Uncontrollable movements
- Nausea and/or vomiting
- Severe headache pain in one of both sides of the head
- Headache behind the eyes
- Headache at the back of the head
Many migraine sufferers have tried a variety of traditional medicine in order to combat the symptoms and pain, but some migraine symptoms are immune to this depending on the patient. Further, many people that suffer from migraine actively seek all-natural headache relief
All-Natural Solutions for Migraines
Chiropractic care is one of the leading all-natural treatments used to find migraine relief. Chiropractors are able to assess, diagnose and manage headaches, including migraine headaches. After a diagnosis, your Tarpon Total Health Caree chiropractor will develop a treatment plan tailored specifically to your health needs and lifestyle, using a suite of techniques.
There are a variety of different techniques that a chiropractor can use in order to alleviate a migraine either partially or entirely, including manual therapy, soft tissue therapy, co-management, acupuncture and lifestyle recommendations.
Consulting a chiropractor can significantly reduce your need to take pain relievers, instead providing you with all-natural relief to the painful and often chronic condition. If you commonly experience migraine attacks, let’s explore all-natural pain relief together! Book your complimentary consultation with our chiropractic team by calling (727) 934-0844 today.