What is a Migrane?
Migraines are a debilitating type of headache, usually throbbing or pulsing in nature and accompanied with a variety of physical symptoms such as nausea or visual symptoms known as an aura. They usually occur on one side of the head (hemi-cranial) and can last from a couple of hours to a few days.
What are the Different Types of Migranes?
- Migraine without Aura (most common)
- Migraine with Aura
- Chronic Migraine
- Vestibular Migraine
- Abdominal Migraine
- Hemiplegic Migraines
- Medication overuse headaches
Migraines are usually accompanied by symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, sensitivity to light and sound, and visual disturbances.
Migraines affect nearly 1 billion people worldwide with women three times as likely to be affected as men.
Migraines are a common cause of undiagnosed headaches in children and affect boys and girls equally until puberty. Studies from the National Migraine Center suggest that around 60% of children between 7-15 experience headaches.
What are the Common Causes of Migranes?
Causes are yet to be fully understood; genetic and environmental factors play a role.
There are a number of know migraine triggers:
- Hormonal changes in women
- Sensory stimuli
- Changes in sleep
- Physical exertion
- Weather changes
- Food and food additives.
Migranes & Upper Cervical Chiropractic
Although the exact neurology of migraines is yet to be fully understood, trauma to the head and neck, such as whiplash, has been identified as contributing factors to migraines of varying degrees of severity.
Trauma to the head and neck can cause vertebrae in the upper cervical spine to misalign, putting pressure on the soft tissue structures and, more importantly, the nervous system. Pressure on the nervous system will impact and inhibit neurological signals from the brain to the body and vice versa, resulting in varying degrees of neurological symptoms such as migraines.
Meet the Team
Christian is a graduate of the UK's largest and oldest chiropractic institution, the Anglo European College of Chiropractic. Additionally he is one of the very few Europeans to be admitted into the esteemed Academy of Chiropractic Philosophers (ACP).
Christian also serves as one of 12 directors on the board for the International Federation of Chiropractors and Organizations (IFCO).
Elliott is registered with the General Chiropractic Council (GCC) and is a member of the United Chiropractic Association (UCA), and a member of the International Federation of Chiropractors and Organisations (IFCO).
He is passionate about helping patients achieve their goals and providing the best standard of care to enable them to thrive.
Study to Support
A study from the Journal of Upper Cervical Chiropractic Research (2020) looked at the effect of upper cervical chiropractic care on a 53-year-old female with a 12-year history of migraines. Results showed that specific upper cervical adjustments were beneficial to this patient experiencing migraines, neck pains, and headaches.
More research is required in this area, however, there seems to be a strong correlation between the misalignment of the upper cervical spine as a cause of migraine episodes.
Migraines Log Book
We have created a resource for Migraine sufferers to use to track the frequency and intensity of their Migraines, as well as noting triggers and other associated symptoms.
We have both an online version and a downloadable version.
See how we've helped our patients with their migraine symptoms ...