The Migraine Research Foundation estimates that about 39 million Americans suffer from migraines. People who suffer from migraines are called migraineurs. The Healthy Family Chiropractic & Wellness Centre of Milton, ON, looks at the facts about migraines.
What Are Migraines?
Migraines are a particularly powerful cluster of symptoms that keep recurring. They usually feature a pounding or crushing head pain, but not always. Migraines can seriously disrupt school, work, social life, and family life. It can be hard to make any sort of commitment when you never know when your next migraine is coming.
Types of Migraines
There are many different types of migraines — including migraines without head pain. When you do experience head pain, it’s often on one side of the head. Migraines can come with other symptoms such as extreme sensitivity to light, sound, smells, and sometimes tastes. Other symptoms can include dizziness, problems speaking, and seeing auras — mild visual hallucinations that can include flashes of light, haloes, or the world looking as if it’s underwater.
Some things can immediately precede a migraine attack. These things are called triggers. They include foods, beverages, smells, medication, lack of sleep, or a combination of these factors. Knowing your triggers helps you learn to avoid them and reduce the chance of getting a migraine.
Keep a Migraine Journal
The best way to find your triggers is to keep a migraine journal. Write down how you feel, what you ate, drank, or any medications taken. Write down what happened right before seeing an aura or feeling a migraine begin.
Women should write down if they are about to have their periods. Many women suffer from menstrual migraines, which occur right before or during a period. Share this journal with your doctor or chiropractor so they can help you identify triggers.
See a Chiropractor
Chiropractors help you with your migraine pain in many ways. They manipulate your spine so your nerves work better and your muscles relax. They no longer use hard “spine cracking” techniques. Instead, chiropractors use gentler and more effective procedures. They use an adjustable table to help make the necessary adjustments to your spine.
Nutritional and Lifestyle Counseling
Many chiropractors will also go over your diet in order to suggest changes to reduce the frequency and intensity of migraine attacks. They may suggest nutritional supplements, such as melatonin, to help promote deep, healthy sleep. Lack of sleep can trigger migraines. Chiropractors also help your posture to create less stress on your muscles, spine, and nerves.
Let Us Help
There’s no need to suffer from debilitating migraines. If you live in the Milton, ON, area, contact The Healthy Family Chiropractic & Wellness Centre at (905) 864-1516 to make an appointment to see our chiropractor today.