Mechanisms of Migraine –Understanding the phases of migraine

Migraine is a very common and extremely painful headache. Migraine attacks are usually recurring in nature; the pain ranges from moderate to severe and is often one-sided. Scarborough Chiropractor, Dr. Adam Rocchi explains that during migraine people are sensitive to light and sound and may also become nauseated or vomit. He also added that it is three times more common in women than in men.

Migraine headache can be triggered by many factors such as stress, lack of sleep, anxiety, dehydration, lack of food, hormonal changes etc. Scarborough Chiropractor, Dr. Rocchi says that earlier doctors used to believe that the migraine pain was linked to the opening and narrowing of the blood vessels in the head. However, now it is believed that it is more related to genes that control some of the brain cell’s activity. Organizations such as Headache Australia under their Migraine Awareness Week initiative are making effort to create more public awareness about this disease so as to benefit those who are affected by migraine.

Scarborough Chiropractor, Dr. Rocchi explains that migraine may occur repeatedly over the years however, the frequency may vary from person to person. An affected person usually experiences the migraine headache as a pulsating or throbbing pain which typically lasts for between 4 to 72 hours.

Stages of Migraine

According to Scarborough Chiropractor, Dr. Rocchi migraine can be distinguished in five stages-

  1. Early warning symptoms– An affected person typically experience warning symptoms 24 hours before the attack. These symptoms can vary from person to person such as; mood swings, nausea, lack of appetite, diarrhea, drowsiness, dislike of light and sound, lethargy etc. All the above symptoms arise in the deep-seated part of the brain.
  2. Aura – The most common symptom of aura is visual disturbance, flashing lights, zig-zag lines, and difficulty in concentration or blind spots. In this stage, the visual field of both the eyes is affected and lasts for about 5 min to 1 hour and then the vision is restored normally on its own.
  3. Headache – Headaches are similar in both migraines with and without aura and can last up to three days. The pain is often throbbing and can aggravate with movement. The most common accompanying symptom is feeling of nausea, sensitivity to light, sound and smell.
  4. Resolution– The way the pain subsides differs greatly in everyone. For some sleeping helps and for few nothing works except that the headache goes on its own after its complete cycle.
  5. Recovery– A person may feel exhausted after a migraine attack for about 24 hours; however, it may vary in individuals since some people start feeling energetic immediately.

Treatment of Migraine

Scarborough Chiropractor, Dr. Adam Rocchi advises that nothing much can be done about migraine but a little bit of lifestyle change, improved sleeping pattern, balanced diet and regular exercise can help in managing the pain. He also explains that how chiropractic tools such as spine scan when combined with Trigenics Neurological treatment can be effective in treating such pains. This computerized instrument applies low force impulses into the restricted areas of the spine and provides feedback to the nervous system to reduce pain.

Our advice

Any kind of headache can be distressing and therefore it becomes imperative that one should not take headaches like migraine lightly. Thus, consulting a renowned Scarborough Chiropractor for early and correct diagnosis would save you from a lot of trouble and pain.

To understand and learn more about migraine please call the practice now on (08) 61508785 Scarborough or (08) 61508783 Mount Pleasant to arrange an appointment.

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