Friday, July 29, 2016

Migraine Headaches

    The exact causes of migraine headaches are unknown, although they are related to changes in the brain as well as to genetic causes.  Scientists believed that migraines were linked to expanding and constricting blood vessels on the brain's surface; however, it is now believed that migraines are caused by inherited abnormalities in certain areas of the brain.  There is a migraine "pain center" or generator in the brain.  A migraine begins when hyperactive nerve cells send out impulses to the blood vessels causing them to constrict followed by dilation and the release of inflammatory substances that cause painful pulsations.

     Migraines can be triggered by many factors such as: musculoskeletal neck conditions / injuries, emotional stress, sensitivity to specific chemicals or preservatives in foods, caffeine, changing weather conditions, menstrual periods, skipping meals and changes in sleep patterns.  Migraines have a strong hereditary tendency.  Four out of five migraine sufferers have a family history.  If one parent has a history of migraines, the child has a 50% chance of developing migraines and if both parents have migraines, the risk increases to 75%.

     The symptoms of migraine headaches can occur in various combinations and include: a pounding or throbbing headache that often begins as a dull ache and develops into a throbbing pain.  The pain is usually aggravated with physical activity.  The pain can shift from one side of the head to the other, or it can affect the front of the head or feel like it's affecting the whole head.  Symptoms may also include sensitivity to light, noise and odors, nausea, vomiting, stomach upset, abdominal pain, loss of appetite, paleness, fatigue, dizziness or blurred vision.

Thatcher Chiropractic is located at 3535 American Drive in Colorado Springs, Colorado 80917 near the intersection at Austin Bluffs Parkway and Academy Boulevard.  For more information you can visit our website at  If you have additional questions or wish to schedule an appointment, please feel free to contact us by phone.  You can reach us at (719) 574-3700.

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