Migraine headaches are some of the worst pain you can go through. They debilitate people to the point where they can no longer function. They also happen to be one of the greatest health problems in the world.
Gender plays a role in migraines as well. Statistics show that 15% of women suffer from them, while only 6% of men do. Unfortunately, these often unpredictable episodes come with a severe headache that causes blurred vision, sensitivity to light and sound, and can lead to vomiting.
Most studies link them to stress or changes in routine along with diets that include chocolate, cheese and wine. In some cases, it isn’t as clear cut. To determine if a patient is having a migraine, doctors will often check sensitivity to light and sound. If this brings symptoms on, then migraines are the diagnosis.
Individuals who report migraine headaches often note an increase in neck pain, a family history of the illness, sensitivity to weather, stress or lack of sleep. Use of alcohol and certain foods is also linked back to the episodes. Nasal congestion may also be involved.
Chiropractors can sort things out further. They may exam the patient to rule out other conditions, but if pressure in the lower neck and upper back muscles were noted it is likely a migraine.
After a diagnosis, the patient may be instructed to come for treatment 1-2 times per week for up to 8 weeks, specifically focusing on the cervical spine. Relaxation, stress reduction, exercise and a diet may also be suggested to avoid further issues. In most cases, patients can resume normal activities after the fifth week of treatment.