Over the past few years I have treated the mysterious migraine time and time again. There is not much else that is more inconvenient and counter productive than this poorly understood ailment. It’s characterized by unilateral deep intense pain on the head and neck that can be, but not always accompanied by an aura.
It is believed that migraines are caused by neurological and vascular factors. When the cerebral cortex becomes stimulated via stress, sleep disturbances and hormone fluctuations the blood vessels will expand causing a rush of excess blood into the brain which causes feeling of heaviness and debilitating pain. People who suffer from migraines tend to retreat to spaces that are quiet and dark as some of the symptoms include sensitivity to light and sound.
How to deal: if you are someone the migraine has chosen to assassinate frequently there are ways to cope! Whoo! Before the migraine sets in you can jump on the road to recovery by taking ibuprofen and Tylenol. Yes both. Between headaches try to keep a journal to keep track of your triggers, because understanding your migraines is a key to less suffering. What makes it worse? What makes it better? Does it come with an aura? How long does it last?
Moving forward after creating a baseline, the best way to deal with migraines without prescription drugs is preventative medicine.
Acupuncture, massage therapy and chiropractic have been shown to help during and between migraine attacks. If your trigger is stress make sure you have stress relief techniques like meditation or yoga at the end of a stressful day interspersed with stretching the neck and shoulders.
Written By: Dre Govender(RMT)