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Migraine is a term applied to a special type of vascular (blood circulation) headache that is generally thought of as more sever than a regular headache and has sometimes been referred to as a 'sick headache.' Migraine headaches affect more women then men by a ratio of about 70%. There is thought to be a recessive gene responsible for migraines, which means the problem could be an inherited one (passed down through a family.) Migraines are usually proceeded by a strange sensation called a prodome. This stage of the migraine usually involves seeing an aura (visual disturbance) before the headache begins. The headache is usually unilateral (on one side of the head) but can be felt bilaterally (both sides of the head) in some cases. The throbbing associated with a migraine is associated with changes in blood flow to the brain. It is currently thought that the greatest disturbance is experienced when too much blood is allowed to enter the brain. What triggers a migraine attack? It has been documented that a migraine can occur due to increased anxiety, tension, or rage, often with a stifled expression of resentment. Often there is water weight gain associated with the onset of the event. Migraines can commonly occur upon awakening in the morning.
The number of migraines over a defined period of time, how they feel, where the pain is located, (e.g., side of the head, behind an eye, etc.) vary a great deal from person to person. If you think you may be suffering from migraine headaches, you should consider contacting a Doctor of Chiropractic.
A Doctor of Chiropractor is trained and licensed in the diagnosis of many forms of headaches, including migraines. Through careful history, examination, and the aid of x-rays, or in rare cases, if needed, computer tomography, or MRI. A Doctor of Chiropractic can often determine the cause of your head pain and recommend a treatment program, which may include adjustment (manipulation) of misaligned vertebra (the bones of the spine) to reduce the number of migraines you experience and the severity and duration of an attack. In some cases, an adjustment has been reported to stop an attack from proceeding to the headache phase.