A migraine is a neurological syndrome characterized by altered bodily perceptions, sever headaches, and nausea. Physiologically, the migraine headache is more common to women than men.
Signs and Symptoms: Symptoms include nausea, vomiting, sensitivity to light and/or sounds, and distorted vision. The cause of the migraine headaches is unknown; however, the most common theory is a disorder of the serotonergic control system. Signs and symptoms vary among patients, therefore, what a patient experiences before, during and after an attack cannot be defined exactly. Triggers may be categorized as behavioral, environmental, infectious, dietary, chemical or hormonal.
Migraine triggers include:
- Allergic reaction
- Bright lights, loud noises, and certain odors
- Physical or emotional stress
- Changes in sleep patterns
- Skipping meals
- Tension headaches
- Menstrual cycle fluctuations, birth control pills, fluctuations during menopause
- Foods containing tyramine, MSG, or nitrates
- Other foods such as nuts, chocolate, peanut butter, bananas, citrus, dairy, or fermented or pickled foods
- Weather changes
- Chiropractic manipulations
- Spinal decompression (cervical traction)
- Massage, ultrasound, and electrical stimulation
- Medications (muscle relaxers, NSAIDS, etc)
- Strengthening exercises
- Dry needling
- Removal from stimulants
If you or a loved one suffer from migraines contact our office at 865.691.3155 for relief. Our team of professionals can help you deal with migraine symptoms and give you tools and exercises to prevent them from coming back.
-Written by Jenn Lusk, LMT, CTA, PTT