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Chiropractic & Migraine Headaches – Vero Beach
A migraine is one of the worst types of headaches that you can experience. Not only can they be completely debilitating, but they can last anywhere from a few hours to a few days. This can make it difficult for an individual who experiences migraines to live normally and to work regularly.
According to the Migraine Research Foundation, almost 36 million Americans suffer from migraines. They often begin in childhood, adolescence or early adulthood. Unfortunately, there is no cure for migraine headaches, in part because the source of a migraine is unknown.
Symptoms of a Migraine
There are a number of symptoms that can occur prior to the onset of a migraine as well as during an actual migraine. Additionally, these symptoms can be classified into four different stages.
The Causes of Migraines
Although the cause of migraines is not known, there are known factors and triggers. For example, genetics appear to be a factor as does gender (women are three times more likely to suffer from migraines). When a migraine occurs, blood vessels constrict. This is why changes in vision occur. After they constrict, they will dilate, which floods the brain with blood, in turn causing the pain that comes with a migraine. Common migraine triggers include the following:
Since the cause is unknown, there is no cure. However, there are ways to prevent the onset of a migraine as well as help reduce the pain during a migraine. Certain triggers can be identified, which can then be avoided. Certain pain relievers can help relieve mild migraines. Medications such as triptans and ergots have been found to be effective treatments as well.
Chiropractic Care as Migraine Treatment
Medical treatment isn't always effective. Whether it is or it isn't, you may want to consider chiropractic care. Spinal manipulations can help to lessen both the severity and the frequency of your migraines. Chiropractic care can also reduce your dependency on medication and won't result in the side effects that some medications cause.