If you have never experienced the agony that is a migraine headache, count your lucky stars. Almost 36 million Americans suffer from migraine headaches. Of this population, 8% will be debilitated by their headaches to the point of missing 5 or more days of school or work in a three-month period. Migraines occur most often in women and people between the ages of 35 and 55.
There are no definite causes to migraines although neuroscientist and health care professionals are furthering our understanding of the ailment every day. Migraines stem from the brain itself and the symptoms arise from the inflammatory process that occurs as a result of the trigeminal nerve and surrounding blood vessels interacting. The triggers for migraines vary between individuals and what may cause a migraine for one person may alleviate another person’s symptoms. Common migraine triggers include: diet; inactivity; environment; emotions; hormones; and medications. Finding what triggers your migraines is a huge milestone for anyone suffering from chronic migraines.
Migraines cause serious pain on one or both sides of a person’s head. This intense pulsating pain can cause: sensitivity to sound and light; blurred vision; speech problems; depression; anxiety; sleep disturbances; light flashes; auras, vision loss; nausea; and vomiting. What’s worse, people can experience migraines every couple of weeks, and sometimes daily. Migraines can last anywhere from hours to days. Roughly a third of migraine sufferers experience an “aura” before a migraine which is a short visual disturbance that can act as a warning of an impending headache.
Migraines usually start around childhood and adolescents but onset migraines later in life can happen. Traditional treatments for migraines are largely pharmaceutical. Migraine drugs come in two different varieties, preventative and abortive. Abortive drugs work to stop a migraine once it starts while preventative drugs use triptans to regulate serotonin.
For those unwilling to undergo chemical migraine treatment there is an alternative treatment coming from the neuroscience field. Using neurotherapy, migraines can be greatly reduced in both intensity and frequency by regulating brain wave activity. Neurotherapy Centers such as the Neurocore Brain Performance Centers in Michigan and Florida are giving migraine sufferers an inside look into their brains, in real time! The comprehensive Neurocore migraine treatment starts off with qEEG technology to create a personalized brain map to help you navigate your headaches. This qEEG technology helps Neurocore clinicians see if your brain wave activity is running too fast or too often which can be caused by frequent stress.
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Neurocore’s comprehensive migraine includes analysis into your breathing and heart rate variability to figure out how they and brain activity are correlated. Based on your personalized neurometrics, clinicians start the customized biofeedback and neurofeedback sessions which train the brain to better control itself and do key functions in a more effective way. While there is no cure-all for migraines, the Neurocore process is meant to improve the brain’s ability to manage stress and bring you relief from migraines. To learn more about the Neurocore process, check out their website at https://www.neurocorecenters.com/treatment/migraines.