In most cases, the causes of migraines aren’t known for certain. Attacks can be triggered by injury, stress, lack of sleep, weather changes and certain foods, such as wine, cheese, and chocolate. Family history seems to follow many who suffer from migraines and women tend to suffer more than men – up to three times as much. Migraines usually start around adolescence, but younger children can experience these as well.
Migraines frequently pass through four stages, though not all sufferers experience each of these. Prior to a migraine, the patient may notice things such as neck stiffness, increased thirst, mood swings, constipation or food cravings.
The aura stage occurs both before and during migraine episodes, though it’s not unusual to have a migraine without aura. These are nervous system symptoms, such as altered vision or other sensory disturbances.
The migraine attack itself lasts from a few hours to a few days without treatment. Pain may be on one or both sides of the head and may be accompanied by sensitivity to light, sound, smell and touch. Blurred vision, nausea, vomiting, and fainting may be issues for some patients.
The fourth stage, after the main attack, usually lasts a day or two and symptoms include a run-down or drained feeling. The sufferer may feel confused, weak, dizzy or moody. Sensory sensitivity may remain as well.
Chiropractic treatment, including adjustment of the spine, generally provides relief from any headache pain, not only migraines. Improved spinal alignment often reduces the number and severity of migraine attacks. The Chester Family Center provides ongoing wellness support to reduce the impact of migraines for their patients. Contact CFCC today to break the migraine pain cycle.
Chester Family Chiropractic Center accepts most insurance plans. Please contact the office to confirm if your insurance is accepted.