Do you suffer from chronic headaches? Does your head constantly throb? If your answer is yes to either of those questions, odds are you suffer from migraines. If you just cannot get rid of the headaches, we recommend you visit your nearest chiropractor and change your life forever! Migraines affect approximately 18% of American women and 6% of American men on a daily basis. Migraine is the 8th most disabling illness in the world, affecting over 38 million people in the United States alone. More than 90% of sufferers cannot work or function normally during their migraine.  So what exactly is a migraine and is there a treatment available? Keep reading and find out!

Migraine Symptoms

Migraine symptoms

A migraine is a neurological disease characterized by recurring moderate to severe headaches in association with a number of autonomic nervous system symptoms. Generally, the headache affects only one half of the head, and is throbbing in nature. It lasts from 2 hours to 72 hours and symptoms include nausea, vomiting, and sensitivity to light, sound, or smell. The pain associated with a migraine is often made worse by physical activity. There are numerous causes for migraines but often people overlook the correlation between neck pain and severe headaches. Whether you suffer from a neck pain or experience headaches, therapists from BC Back Clinic are here to help you!

Your spinal cord is attached to all of your nerve endings and pain receptors. Through daily activity our spine inevitably misaligns and can cause disruption in the connection between spine and nerves. The upper three cervical spinal roots share a pain nucleus with the trigeminal nerve. This is the nerve that carries messages from your face to your brain.  The upper three cervical spine nerve roots send fibers to the head that converge on the trigeminal nuclei. These nuclei pass on pain messages via the trigemino-cervical tract.  The trigemino-cervical tract is essentially a rely station where pain signals are sent through nerve tracts to the thalamus and then to the cortical region of the brain. At both the cortical region and the thalamus, pain acquires its defining qualities such as severity, meaning, how the body needs to respond, and where the pain originated.  The brain is not good at processing the precise location of pain when it comes from the neck and may sometimes mistake neck pain for a migraine. Fortunately, neck pain can be easily treated and the migraines will subside.

Neck Pain Treatments

neck treatment by a chiropractor

Several treatments for neck pain are effective and scientifically proven. These methods include, acupuncture, physiotherapy, chiropractic care, and pain medication. Although pain medication provides effective pain relief in the present, many patients do not want to have to take pills for the rest of their life. Acupuncture, physiotherapy, and chiropractic care all provide long lasting results as they are designed to completely rehabilitate the affected region. Acupuncture uses hair thin needles to induce anesthesia. Acupuncture is often used as a pain relief method but is also though to increase the rate of healing. Physiotherapy revolves around promoting mobility, function, and quality of life through examination, diagnosis, prognosis, and physical intervention. Physical therapy uses mechanical force and various movements to completely rehabilitate the affected area. Chiropractic care focuses on diagnosis and treatment of mechanical disorders of the musculoskeletal system, under the belief that these disorders affect the general health via the nervous system. Regardless of what method you choose, over 90% of neck pain sufferers see improvement through one or more of the aforementioned treatments.

Sometimes your headache may not be because of something obvious. It could be linked to underlying conditions or be stemming from pain elsewhere in your body. If you just can’t seem to get rid of them, see your nearest physiotherapist or chiropractor and change your life forever!

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