Having a headache is never a good thing; having a migraine is even worse. But this is not an uncommon occurrence. Migraines affect more than 324 million adults worldwide and are associated with significant pain, disability and poor quality of life.
According to The International Headache Society, a migraine is defined as a recurrent headache characterised by attacks that usually affects one side of the head, pulsating in nature with moderate to severe pain. Migraines are also associated with nausea, vomiting, light sensitivity and sound sensitivity. Migraines are typically brought on by physical activity but can be linked to genetics, hormonal and environmental factors. Medication has been shown to be very effective in treating migraines, but for those that want a more natural approach, you’re in luck!
For those that want to try complementary and alternative medicine to manage their migraines, research has shown that acupuncture has been beneficial in providing short-term pain relief in migraine sufferers. Research has also shown that neck pain and stiffness are common among patients with migraines. Manual therapy, such as chiropractic treatment and physiotherapy, as well as spinal rehab exercises has been shown to decrease pain from structures in the neck leading to decreased migraine symptoms.
If you’re a migraine sufferer and want to try a natural approach to manage your symptoms, book an appointment with the therapists at Full Function Rehab today.
Written by: Dr. Anne Trinh D.C.