How to Relieve Migraine Headaches

by
Dr. Ben Dyer

The potential of a headache to spoil your day is unparalleled.

Particularly with migraine headaches, relief might seem impossible.

They can seem to arise out of nowhere, yet they may give away their presence with the help of two additional powerful symptoms: nausea and visual pain.

Whatever the signs, a migraine is one guest you don't want to stay.

The Reasons Why

Take it from the top chiropractor who specialises in treating migraines in Hong Kong: Understanding when a migraine is beginning and knowing what matters when it comes to avoiding and treating migraine headaches are essential to enhancing your quality of life.

Let's take a look at the four phases of a migraine headache.

Four Phases of Migraine

Most migraine sufferers normally go through the following four phases of a migraine:

Premonitory

This stage typically serves as a signal that a migraine is about to start. Constipation, stiff neck, and mood changes are common symptoms.

Aura

An aura is experienced by around 1 in 4 migraine sufferers.

People who get migraines frequently describe sensory or visual auras prior to their real headache. While sensory auras impair speech and clear thinking, visual auras can cause flashing lights and impaired vision.

Typically, vision issues begin 20 to 60 minutes before a headache. Even if you don't get an aura, the headache itself might impair your eyesight.

Headache

Only one side of the head is often affected by a migraine, which can be mild, moderate, or severe. Rest is essential for migraine sufferers since they will notice that physical activity makes their migraines worse.

Postdrome

The postdrome is the final stage of the migraine cycle. When the headache finally passes, the individual experiencing it feels exhausted.

Treatment Options for Relieving Migraine Headaches

Many people who suffer from migraines don't get the treatment they need.

For instance, despite the fact that the symptoms of chronic migraine are sometimes quite disruptive, it is estimated that only half of the sufferers in the United States of America and the United Kingdom seek medical attention.

These include:

● Throbbing headaches of moderate to severe intensity on one side of the head.

● The appearance of nausea and vision changes.

● Recurring episodes can last anywhere from hours to days.

Although there are no guaranteed treatments for migraine headaches, the majority of people just use over-the-counter drugs.

Similarly, despite the increased risk of rebound headaches that can occur as a result of misuse, it is predicted that half of those who suffer from chronic or infrequent headaches will resort to trying to self-treat with over-the-counter painkillers.

Aspirin, acetaminophen, and caffeine mixtures are most strongly linked to this risk in terms of migraines.

Of course, it's understandable that many people are unaware that there are non-pharmacological alternatives to manage their attacks given the symptoms and phases typical of the majority of migraines.

With a combination of lifestyle modifications and chiropractic care, you can minimise the frequency, intensity, and severity of your migraines, just like you can with cervicogenic and tension headaches.

Although the exact cause of migraines is unknown, there are certain common triggers that are thought to be responsible for its development.

Finding long-term relief from migraine headaches requires being aware of the triggers and taking proactive steps to alter any regular routines that may be connected to those triggers.

Additionally, in a recent study, researchers found that patients who received chiropractic therapy had a significantly lower number of migraine days.

Next Steps

The good news is that by being proactive with your everyday behaviours, you may begin successfully alleviating migraine headaches.

Don't skip that next (or first!) adjustment now that you're aware that scheduling time for routine chiropractic therapy is a crucial step in getting relief from migraine symptoms.

Our doors are open and we're ready to help if you're searching for a chiropractic migraine specialist in Hong Konh!

What about those triggers we mentioned?

Here are some of the most common:

● Consumption of alcoholic or caffeinated drinks and tobacco

● Periods of stress

● Exposure to intense lights or smells

● Periods of intense physical exertion

● Changes to sleeping or eating habits

● Certain medications

● Consumption of aged, salty, or processed foods and certain food additives

People who suffer from migraines perform well with preventative treatments like dietary adjustments or stress reduction techniques.

Ask us on your next appointment if you need assistance identifying the triggers that are causing your headaches.

It's wise to get in touch with a healthcare provider to make sure you're on the proper track and moving toward long-lasting migraine relief.

In the end, "Doctor Google" isn't truly a doctor!

Our caring team is here for you since we have all experienced migraine headaches firsthand.

Let us help you put those migraines in the back seat with tips on optimising your lifestyle, chiropractic adjustments, and more.

Book a consultation here.

Science Sources

Chiropractic Therapy for Migraine. Eur J Neurol. 2017. Headache Disorders. WHO. 2016. What is a Migraine? Web MD. 2020.

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