Headaches and Migraines
Headaches are defined as any pain in the region of the head – from your common headache to your sharp stabbing headache. Some headaches are actually migraines which are distinctive for their recurrent and throbbing nature. Migraines are usually one sided and can cause sufferers nausea and disturbed vision.
According to the Mayo Clinic, migraines causes aren’t understood, however genetics and environmental factors may play a role.
There are a few factors that can trigger migraines, these may include:
- Hormonal changes in women
- Food additives
- Stress (tension)
- Changes in sleep pattern
- Physical factors (such as physical exertion)
- Changes in the environment
Headaches and migraines may also be caused by a misalignment or dysfunction of a vertebra in the top of the neck. This then may cause inflammation and tension of the joints and muscles at the base of the neck, which then transfers pain up into the skull.
Chiropractors may help by performing specific adjustments to the neck and upper back, and reducing soft tissue tension. This may allow the function of the muscles and vertebrae in the neck to ease and remove the tension that causes headache and migraine symptoms.
Consult us at Bateman Chiropractic in Perth, Western Australia for more information on headaches and migraines.