Migraines are a common condition affecting as many as one in every four households in America. They are much more complicated than ordinary headaches. Some may feel that when one has a migraine, it is simply a severe pain in the head that with rest a person should feel better the next day. This is not always the case. Migraines have very definite phases that can linger for days and cause other symptoms besides head pain.
What are the 4 phases of a migraine?
- Prodromal Phase: This starts a few hours or a day before a migraine actually hits. It is often accompanied by unusual sensations such as craving water or certain foods, yawning repeatedly, or being irritable.
- Aura Phase: One out of four people have aura with the migraines. It may manifest itself as a “pins and needles” or tingling sensation, problems with concentration, or visual disturbances.
- Migraine Attack Phase: Severe head pain, nausea and/or vomiting, and sensitivity to sound and light are all part of this phase.
- Postdromal phase: Often referred to as an after the migraine hangover as it happens after the pain subsides and can make the person feel ill for a day or so, this phase may cause one to experience extreme exhaustion, confusion, and feel worn out.
Finding Migraine Relief in Danville, Illinois
The negative impact of migraines can be dramatic and debilitating. Medication is often the first thing suggested to care for this condition, and these drugs may have their place in alleviating pain during an attack. However, unless the underlying cause is addressed, migraines will return.
A connection has been seen between migraine headaches and a misalignment in the top two vertebrae of the neck creating a problem with blood flow and nervous system function that leads to chronic migraines. Here at Sooley Chiropractic Health Center, we employ a gentle adjustment method that allows the bones to move back into place naturally, restoring optimal function within the body. Research has revealed that this method is effective in reducing and possibly eliminating migraine headaches.