Migraines are a neurological disorder that causes severe headaches and other symptoms, including:
Migraines can last anywhere from a few hours to a few days or weeks, and many who suffer may experience debilitating pain.
There are many things that can trigger migraines, including stress, poor sleep, food, caffeine, your hormonal cycle, and even changes in the weather.
Migraines are caused by pathological changes to nerves and blood vessels. In migraine patients, overactive electrical impulses in the brain lead to abnormal blood flow and inflammation of blood vessels throughout the head.
Inflammation in blood vessels is thought to cause the throbbing pain, which is often associated with migraines, while many of the other symptoms are associated with overactivation of the nerves in the head and face.
Migraines do tend to run in families, and research into the genetic component of migraines is ongoing. However, genetics alone cannot explain why some people get migraines, and others do not. Inflammation is a key factor in both the frequency and severity of migraines; the more inflammation that is present, the more intense migraines seem to be.
Many cases of migraines and headaches develop because of referred pain caused by tight neck or facial muscles.
Dr. Travall can utilize acupuncture to help reduce inflammation, regulate blood flow and return your central nervous system to a state of balance. Acupuncture can be used alone or in conjunction with medications for migraines.
Acupuncture can be incredibly effective in the treatment of migraines. Dr. Travall can work with you to create a personalized treatment plan to address your migraine symptoms.
Acupuncture works by stimulating nerve-rich areas of the skin. This produces cascading effects throughout the body, including improved blood flow, a reduction in inflammation, and the release of neurotransmitters and endorphins. This has been shown to have a beneficial effect on reducing the severity and frequency of migraine symptoms.
If you want to learn more about how acupuncture can help with migraines, call Dr. Travall's Acupuncture or make an appointment online today.