Headaches are no fun, we know this because they’re common occurrences and usually a response to a particularly stressful day, however if you’re a regular sufferer of migraines, you will know only too well how debilitating and severe they can be.

A migraine isn’t a simple headache, it’s a headache with a major axe to grind, and can last anything up to three days. The rather worrying fact is that it’s so widespread, with over 8 million people in the UK alone regularly affected by the problem.

That’s a lot of people in pain on a regular basis.

Migraines fall into two categories – migraine with aura, and migraine without aura.

Generally, migraine with aura isn’t as severe as the second type, but does tend to be a precursor for it, before it turns into the up to three day performance we were talking about a little earlier. Migraine with aura is accompanied by neurological symptoms, such as visual disturbances in the form of flashing lights and coloured spots, tunnel vision, and occasionally even temporary blindness, as well as other symptoms such as vertigo, numbness, paralysis, and dizziness. This type of migraine can last around an hour. Whilst this alone sounds pretty bad, the second type, migraine without aura, is much worse.

Migraine without aura is the most common type, and around 80% of those suffering regularly from migraine have this type. Pain can be severe to debilitating, and is often centred around the front of the head or the temples, accompanied by nausea, vomiting, inability to tolerate light and sound, and other problems such as low blood pressure.

How often migraine occurs is a personal thing, but it’s important to get treatment to stop this problem becoming too common. Identifying the trigger is an important step, because obviously avoidance could be a good treatment option. There are many causes of migraines, many of which are unavoidable, such as fluctuation in hormones due to the menstrual cycle or menopause, however some are entirely avoidable, such as stress, poor diet, ingredients in food, types of food, such as chocolate (unfortunately!), and alcohol.

Whilst it is possible to take medication to control migraine onset and severity, these in themselves don’t tend to stop a migraine, and the side effects can often be unpleasant due to the power of the drug. Unfortunately there is no cure for migraines, simply ways to manage them and try and cut down on frequency, which has enabled other treatment options to be developed, such as acupuncture, chiropractic care, stress management, relaxation, and looking at diet and exercise lifestyle factors.

Chiropractic is a common and very effective way to treat migraine symptoms and onset frequency, and involves gentle spinal manipulation, in order to realign any problems and relax the body. Those suffering regularly from migraines have reported less attacks and reduction in pain after having regular chiropractic treatment.

If you are a regular sufferer of migraines you don’t need anyone to tell you how upsetting and painful this problem can be, however it’s important not to simply live with it, and instead to try and find ways to manage the condition and frequency of attacks. Call the practice now on (03) 9381 1991 to arrange an appointment with Melbourne chiropractor, Dr Tyson Aldenhoven, to discuss your case.