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Migraine headache – Dr Gert Ferreira – Chiropractor

The third part of our headache series is an interesting one, Migraines.

Migraine headaches are recurring head pain due to changes in the vasculature (blood flow) of the neck and brain. The emergency departments say that these are one of the most common problems that they see. There is an estimate of 23 million people that suffer from migraines in America, and most often occur in females.

Types of Migraine

There are 2 types of migraines:

1.)  Migraine without Aura – These are the most common migraines, 80% of all migraines.

2.)  Migraine with Aura – These are the ‘classic’ migraines but they only account for about 20% of them. An aura or prodrome is symptoms of the nervous system. These symptoms precede a migraine and are usually followed by a head ache. The aura can be visual, sensory or motor. 64% of the cases are visual, thus hazy spots in your vision, there can be different patterns of spotting.

Why do we get migraines?

There are many theories that support the cause of migraines, some of them includes, triggering factors like food, abnormal brain activities and constrictions of the veins in the brain. Some trigger factors:

The pain experienced when having a migraine headache is normally a throbbing pain, on one side of the head, normally over the temple region. This pain can last for hours even for the whole day. 80% of the population reports signs of nausea, vomiting and 50% report signs of sensitivity to light.


How will a Chiropractor treat a migraine?

How a Chiropractor will treat a migraine is to adjust the neck and that is most of the time 72% effective. They will also work on any involved muscles that can affect the migraine by massage or dry needling.

Home care includes, rest, Ice/heat therapy, ensure healthy sleep hygiene is maintained. Stretching of the muscles involved is vitally important. Avoid trigger foods, do not skip meals. Ibuprofen can assist in patients with mild headaches, but for a more natural ways, you can use the following supplements: 5-HTP, omega 3 oils, magnesium and Vitamin B

The prognosis of a migraine is good; the migraine should subside with treatment within 72 hours.

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