In April this year both Kristen and Richard travelled to Sydney to attend a two day seminar on Headaches and Migraines. Headache is the third most common thing that brings people to see chiropractors.
The most common form of headache is tension-type headache, with a global prevelance of 38%. Whereas migraine only has a prevalance of 10%.
Prodrome symptoms of migraines include: Malaise, mood changes, food cravings, fatigue and yawning, sensitivity to light and sound, changes to appetite. (These symptoms are associated with increased dopainine activity.)
Aura: The aura occurs in 20% of migraine sufferers. Aura's are sensory disturbances including speech disturbances, paraesthesia, numbness or weakness in an extremity and confusion.
Migraine attack: Typically unilateral, throbbing head pain lasting 4-72 hours. Pain worsened by physical activity, accompanied by nausea and sometimes vomiting, photophobia (sensitivity to light) and phonophobia (sensitivity to sound).
Migraine and Sleep: One of the most commonly cited triggering agents for migraine is change in sleep habits. Insufficient sleep, greater than normal sleep, disturbed sleep or alterations to daily bedtime or waking all have been strongly correlated with initiating migraine attacks. Recent research suggests that some people who suffer from migraines might be deficient in melatonin production. This is the substance made when we sleep which enables us to fall into deep sleep.
To find out more of what we learnt at the headache and migraine seminar ask Kristen and myself (Richard).