How Our Migraine Specialists Can Help You
- Soft tissue techniques – massage can reduce muscle tension in head and neck, it also helps encourage normal circulation.
- Dry needling – stimulating trigger points may ease pain by encouraging production of endorphins (natural pain killers)
- Exercise prescription – the prescription of a home/work based stretching exercise program can help reduce tension in the head and neck.
- Referral – Appropriate referral if symptoms persist
Causes Of Migraines
There is a large amount of debate around the cause of a migraine. It is most commonly believed that migraines are the result of blood vessel spasm/constriction.
The constriction occurs in the blood vessels going to the brain which brings on the aura (visual and sensory changes) followed by dilation of these same blood vessels, which brings on the pounding or intense aching of migraine.
It is still not certain why these blood vessels actually do this. There are two trains of thought; one is that it is the result of irritation to the nerves, which control the blood vessels.
The second is that it is relative to the levels of serotonin that are present in the brain. Regardless of which it is, we do know that there are many triggers that can initiate this change in the blood vessels, so treatment is usually focused on these triggers.
Other factors that have be shown to influence the incidence of a migraine are;
Hormonal fluctuations are implicated as a significant trigger for women as three times as many women suffer migraine attacks as men, this difference being most apparent during the reproductive years.