Headaches & Migraine
Migraine refers to repeated attacks of headache which can last anything from a few hours to a few days. Migraine sufferers typically encounter moderate to severe pain affecting one side of the head, often accompanied by loss of appetite, nausea and vomiting. There are two primary forms of migraines; common migraine and classical migraine (where “auras” – a neurological symptom – might be experienced)
How Does It Occur?
Common causes of migraine headaches include changes in daily cycles (i.e. working late, oversleeping, menses), environmental factors (changes in weather or altitude, exposure to bright/flashing light, smoking, drinking, etc), or mental state (anxiety, anger, depression, fear).
Common symptoms of a migraine attack include nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, sweating, cold hands, sensitivity to light and/or sound, scalp tenderness, pulsating temple, and pressure pains, etc. Other symptoms may also be experienced before a migraine attack, which include nausea, vomiting and sensitivity to light/noise/smells, an “aura” of flashing lights or colours, or tunnel vision. These symptoms may last for about 15 to 30 minutes before pain from the migraine is experienced.
Common treatments for less severe migraine include convention medication such as Analgesics (Aspirin, Paracetamol), Triptans (in severe attack), Ergotamine preparations, and Anti-emetics, etc. However, with recent advances in natural holistic treatments, Chiropractic and Functional Wellness has emerged as one of the popular alternative options available. Functional Wellness exercises can help alleviate migraines and headaches, particularly with its various relaxation techniques which will work towards reducing stress and both frequency and intensity of headaches and attacks.