A novel approach as part of your treatment plan
Migraine Headache is divided into two primary sub-types:
- Classical Migraine (with aura)
- Common Migraine (without aura)
Migraine headache is a painful and debilitating headache, which can be triggered by a number of environmental as well as internal, or genetic factors. Migraine treatment can be broken into two categories: preventative and abortive. Preventative treatments can include lifestyle changes, not limited to sleep, various activities, medication and diet, while abortive measures are typically medications which would be prescribed by your Medical Doctor.
Physical Therapy can play a part in a comprehensive treatment approach as part of your preventative care. This is accomplished by treating small muscles at the base of the neck that lie close to and can affect nerves associated with migraine headache pain with functional dry needling. This is followed with specific exercises to correct dysfunction, generally building strength in postural muscles of the neck. While it is not historically utilized as an abortive approach, it can be effective in decreasing or even eliminating the pain associated with migraine headache while in progress following the aura phase.
The pain of a migraine headache is often described as an intense pulsing or throbbing pain in one area of the head. However, it is much more; the International Headache Society diagnoses a migraine by its pain and number of attacks (at least 5, lasting 4-72 hours if untreated), and additional symptoms including nausea and/or vomiting, or sensitivity to both light and sound. Migraine is three times more common in women than in men and affects more than 10 percent of people worldwide. Roughly one-third of affected individuals can predict the onset of a migraine because it is preceded by an “aura,” visual disturbances that appear as flashing lights, zig-zag lines or a temporary loss of vision. People with migraine tend to have recurring attacks triggered by a number of different factors, including stress, anxiety, hormonal changes, bright or flashing lights, lack of food or sleep, and dietary substances. Migraine in some women may relate to changes in hormones and hormonal levels during their menstrual cycle. For many years, scientists believed that migraines were linked to the dilation and constriction of blood vessels in the head. Investigators now believe that migraine has a genetic cause. (from NINDS Migraine Information Page)
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