More than 10% of the our population suffer from headaches. They are the most frequent reason people seek medical advice. Most migraine sufferers have their first attack in their early 20′s and three times as many women as men suffer from migraines.
How many types of headaches are there?
There are over 20 varieties of headaches, but the most severe are migraines.
What causes these headaches?
The most common cause of migraine is a change to the blood vessels in the head, but it is still not known exactly why this occurs. Acute migraine attacks could be triggered by the same bacteria that are linked with stomach and duodenal ulcers. Migraines could result from the immune response to the infection.
What are the symptoms?
Migraines come on at intervals, with no pain in between attacks. The headache may last for hours or days and may start with symptoms such as visual, hearing and smell disturbances, known as a predroma. It may also start with or continue on to throbbing pain on one side of the head. Nausea and vomiting may also be present.
Optimal Chiropractic Treatment
Chiropractic is not a temporary headache treatment. If headaches persist, the Chiropractor will find where the source of the pain is and reduce the recurrence.
Headache and migraine pain may commonly be caused by spinal vertebra in the neck being out of their proper alignment (subluxations). This misalignment can affect the nerves, disc, muscles, ligaments and tendons of the neck. Drugs are only effective in reducing the pain of attacks and rarely reduce their frequency.
Some people find dietary changes help with headaches, this may be effective especially if it is combined with treatment to the neck, which can be the cause of headaches. Some migraine triggers can include chocolate, crisps, red wine, lack of sleep, caffeine, monosodium glutamate e.g. Chinese and fast food, bright lights, loud noises,
Some tips to help avoid a migraine:
- Get enough sleep but not too much
- Cut out the ‘trigger’ foods, as outlined above, one at a time until you find which ones are aggravating the problem.
- Relax in a quiet environment
In the event of a migraine:
- lie down and try to sleep
- drink lots of water (2-3 glasses should suffice)
- put your feet in cold water or something cold
Call us now on 021 487 8465 and ask about how Optimal Chiropractic can help you with your migraines, headaches, neck pain and back pain.