September 12, 2017

Migraines: The Causes and Treatments

migraineMigraines are incredibly painful and something that nobody wants to live with. They are similar to a headache but are x10 when you compare the discomfort and disabilty suffered. They can affect children and are commonly experienced through the 20s and 30s.

This essentially means individuals who suffer from migraines could suffer them from childhood all the way to middle age and beyond. With these statistics, its important sufferers seek treatment so that they can live a normal life. There are many different treatments to migraines, both simple and professional (such as that offered at Turramurra Sports & Spinal Physio). However, it is important to first understand what causes a migraine.

The Causes

Migraine is basically caused by the interaction between the brain and the pain regulation centres.  In many migraine sufferers pain control is affected causing the headaches to be triggered.  In addition tight muscles and dysfunction in the neck can set off a migraine.

Migraines can be inherited from family members. So if you have a relative (preferably a mother or father) who suffers from migraines, you can blame them for your pain!

The Treatments

There are a range of treatments you can use if you’re battling a migraine. There are also preventive techniques you can use to make sure that you don’t have frequent migraines in the future. A favourite of my brother’s was to cut out caffeine and it worked a treat. Read on to discover some well-known treatments people use to stop and prevent migraines.

Common Medication

Although you may think that there is some special, secret way to help cure your migraines, there isn’t. In fact, one of the more common ways that people use to fight their migraines involves the use of common medication like paracetamol and aspirin. However, it has been recommended that you only use these types of medication when the migraine is not severe. When you are in intense pain, you should aim to use another, stronger form of migraine relief. Talk with your GP or pharmacist for more advice.

Stronger Medication (Preventative Medication)

If you are a frequent sufferer of migraines and are looking for a permanent fix to your problem, your GP may offer you preventative medication. This is medication that is taken daily to prevent the event of a migraine. It is usually only taken by severe sufferers. Medication such as beta-blockers, serotonin antagonises and even anti-depressants are often used in preventative medication for migraines. Some of these, however, can have side effects, which often puts people off.

Physiotherapy

If you’re looking for a cleaner, drug-free method to help relieve your headache, Turramurra Sports & Spinal Physio might be the answer. Physiotherapy is a fantastic way to address the physical causes of migraine, and there is increasing evidence to suggest physiotherapy can help with migraines through cervical joint mobilisation and muscle tension relief. There are also exercises to do for self-treatment.

Conclusion

Migraines are an incredibly painful and unpleasant condition to experience. They are very common, especially among the younger population and can last for the majority of an individual’s life. That is why finding out what causes your migraines and what can treatment them is of paramount importance. One thing is certain, treatment with Physiotherapy can be successful. If you would like to give it a go to relieve your migraines, call 9144-1510 now to schedule an appointment with one of our physiotherapists.

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