A migraine is often a painful and debilitating headache that is preceded or accompanied by symptoms like flashes of light, blind spots or tingling in your limbs . The excruciating pain may last for hours days. A migraine is also very often accompanied with nausea, vomiting, and extreme sensitivity to light and sound. Sufferers may be bed ridden or seek darkened rooms to attempt to ease their symptoms.
A migraine headache is often caused by changes in the blood vessels in the neck. Initially, symptoms can be spots in front of the eyes, difficulty concentrating, and cold fingertips and hands. This is called an “aura”. Many people learn to recognize this phase of their headache.
When the blood vessels contract then dilate, the headache begins. Blood circulates into the head faster than it drains out. This creates pressure on the brain and a release of chemicals resulting in pain. A small malalignment of a bone in the neck can often create or worsen this entire scenario. Many migraines result from irritation of the nerves close to the neck vertebrae or by muscle tension.
Often found to be due to long term muscle tension in the shoulder or neck which may result in a tension headache. These days this is often associated with stress, worry, overwork, tiredness and anxiety.
Migraine headache and stress
Osteopathy and acupuncture are very effective treatments for headaches and migraines
Sadly, headaches are unfortunately all too common, and there are many types and causes. Some people can suffer from more than one type of headache.
Osteopathic treatment for migraines works by realigning the bones in question. Acupuncture treatment aids a great deal in relieving the pressure and muscle tension which cause migraine.