This year, about 25 million people in the U.S. will experience a migraine headache, about 75% are women. Migraines are intense and throbbing headaches that are often associated with nausea and sensitivity to light or noise. They can last from as little as a few hours to as long as a few days. Many of those who suffer from migraines experience visual symptoms called an “aura” just prior to an attack. Everything takes on a dream-like appearance, with flashing lights and extreme sensitivity.
Migraine sufferers usually have their first attack before age 30 and they tend to run in families, supporting the notion that there is a genetic component to them. Some people have these attacks several times a month; others have less than one a year. Most people find that migraine attacks occur less frequently and become less severe as they get older.
Constriction of the blood vessels in the brain cause migraine headaches. During the constriction of the blood vessels, there is a decrease in blood flow, which is what leads to the visual symptoms that many people experience. Even in people who don’t experience the classic migraine aura, most of them can tell that an attack is imminent. Once the blood vessels dilate, there is a rapid increase in blood pressure inside the head. This increased pressure causes the pounding, relentless, headache. Each time the heart beats it sends another shock wave through the carotid arteries in the neck up into the brain.
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Chiropractic care is one of the most effective methods of addressing and relieving headaches. For details or any questions about your condition, contact Stonebridge Chiropractic.