Migraines

What are migraines?
Migraines are chronic, debilitating headaches characterized by nausea, vomiting, sensitivity to light and sound and often preceded by an aura – an event which although not a headache is a warning that you are about to have a headache. There have been several studies which demonstrate the effectiveness of chiropractic for the management of migraine.

Classic Migraines are a vascular headache; where the blood vessels in the brain constrict, which causes the aura, then the vessels relax resulting in headache.

Common Migraines are characterized by nausea, vomiting etc, but are not preceded by an aura.

Migraines tend to have triggers. One of the best ways to avoid migraines is to discover your triggers and avoid them – examples of triggers are alcohol, aged cheese, red wine, stress or the let down of stress.

How can we help?
We often find myofascial (muscle and other deep tissue) triggers in the muscles of the neck and shoulders which are factors in provoking headache. These triggers are often caused by inappropriate muscle movement patterns. and by correcting these movement patterns, we are able to reduce these trigger points; usually resulting in greatly diminished, or fully controlled migraines. These myofascial disturbances are also commonly caused by chronic stress which engages the adrenocortical (fight or flight) branch of the nervous system and results in chronic muscle spasm (hypertonus.) These problems also tend to be highly responsive to rehabilitative care.

If you have more questions regarding your specific problem call our office at (780) 963-4608 to set up a consultation with Dr. McLeod.
This information represents only a brief summary of the conditions discussed and is presented as a public service by the Immanuel Healing Centre. For this or any other health problems about which you have concerns please consult personally with a health care professional.