Who Do You Know That Suffers From Migraines? Or Is It You?
Research indicates that more than 37 million people suffer from migraines, and approximately 5 million people in the United States experience at least 1 migraine per month. Migraines tend to affect women more frequently than men (18% of women compared to 6% of men), and they are most common in people between the ages of 35 and 55.
Migraines represent the world’s 3rd most prevalent illness.
Migraines are the world’s 6th most disabling illness.
In the U.S., approximately 1 out of 4 households has someone suffering from migraines.
Symptoms of a migraine:
Someone who suffers from migraines may experience an aura (i.e. sense that the headache is about to come), sensitivity to light, sound or other sensations, abdominal pain, changes in vision, dizziness, fatigue, fever, or upset stomach.
What triggers a migraine?
For someone who suffers from migraines, it’s good to know what triggers a migraine. A migraine takes place inside the brain, but it actually begins outside the brain. During a migraine attack, an anatomical trigger delivers a faulty signal to the brain. This ultimately results in migraine pain inside the brain.
Some of the most common migraine triggers include:
Narrowing down possible triggers is important for someone who suffers from migraines. Food, changes in a daily/weekend routine, stress, lack of sleep/too much sleep, caffeine, environment, dehydration, exercise, drugs, physical conditions such as muscle tension, repeated coughing, sleep, or stress.
Migraine sufferers may be more susceptible than others to sleep disorders.
Common sleep disorders associated with migraines include:
If you suffer from migraines, you may also experience sleep disorders.
Obstructive Sleep Apnea: Intermittent breathing stoppage while sleeping. Obstructive Sleep Apnea causes the throat muscles to relax and block the airway, resulting in snoring.
Insomnia: Lack of restful sleep that may lead to fatigue, irritability and anxiety. Insomnia generally affects individuals who have trouble falling or staying asleep, and those who experience insomnia usually get less than 6 hours of restful sleep per night.
Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS): An uncontrollable urge to move the legs or unpleasant sensation in the legs. RLS symptoms often increase in severity overnight and can make it difficult for a person to enjoy restful sleep.
There is a direct correlation between sleep and stress, too. Insufficient sleep typically affects a person’s mood, memory and judgment, along with his or her stress levels. Additionally, restless nights sometimes cause people to feel stressed about getting sufficient sleep – something that may lead to an ongoing cycle of poor sleep.
There are many things that a migraine sufferer can do to develop a healthy sleep routine, such as:
For someone who suffers from migraines, it’s important to follow consistent bed and wake-up times. Go to bed and wake up at the same time consistently.
Create a comfortable sleeping environment. Ensure a bedroom is quiet and free of bright lights, loud noises and other potential sleep distractions.
Relax – then go to sleep. Turn off electronic devices & read a book, meditate or practice relaxing activities before going to sleep.
For those who suffer from migraines, it is important to understand the relationship between sleep, stress and migraines. With the right plan, a migraine sufferer can develop a healthy sleep routine. As a result, this individual may be better equipped than ever before to combat his or her migraine pain, along with any sleep/stress related issues.
There are 4 anatomical triggers for a migraine:
Did you know that there are 4 anatomical triggers that may cause someone to suffer from migraines?
Forehead: Causes an individual to suffer migraine pain from above the eye or on the forehead, either on one or both sides. Forehead migraines occur when the supratrochlear or supraorbital nerves are irritated by bone, blood vessels, muscle or fascia (lining of muscles).
Temples: Causes an individual to suffer migraine pain from the temple area, either on one or both sides. Temple migraines occur due to irritation of the zygomaticotemporal or auriculotemporal nerves; this irritation may be caused by blood vessels, muscle or fascia.
Nose: Causes an individual to suffer migraine pain from behind the eye and affects one or both sides of the nose. Additionally, nose migraines may cause congestion, a runny nose and other cold symptoms. Many nerve branches may be involved in nose migraines, and these nerves can be irritated by bone or cartilage or the mucosa (lining) of the nose.
Neck: Causes an individual to suffer migraine pain from the back of the neck that impacts one or both sides of the neck. Neck migraines occur due to irritation of the greater occipital nerve, lesser occipital nerve or third occipital nerve by blood vessels, muscle or fascia.
*Information above provided by the Migraine Institute
How does adjusting the atlas bone affect a migraine?
Relief from suffering from migraines may be just an adjustment away. Blood vessels carry blood to and from the brain. Before reaching the brain these blood vessels have to pass through and around the atlas vertebra which is also known as the body’s Foundation. Misalignments of the Foundation can obstruct proper function of vital blood vessels and nerves. This disruption in blood and nerve flow can lead to headaches, migraines and several other severe conditions. By taking precise atlas x-rays, performing a detailed analysis, along with performing a gentle adjustment, Balance Chiropractic creates a custom correction which manifests quality results to stabilize each patient’s unique shift of the atlas. If you or a loved one suffers from migraines/headaches and have not found a long term solution, look into Balance Chiropractic & Foundational Correction!
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