Migraines & Headaches
Migraines happen when blood vessels of the head and neck spasm or become narrow (constrict). Minutes to hours later, the blood vessels enlarge (dilate). When they dilate, they fill with blood, which causes more pressure in the skull, and so, a headache. Migraine headaches happen in about six out of 100 people. They are common in children. In many cases they appear to run in the family. Migraine is not a serious or life-threatening disorder. It is painful and annoying at the time, but it is not usually a serious problem. About half of children who get migraines will continue to have them when they are adults.
Signs and symptoms
Headache, which may be:
The headache commonly lasts six to 12 hours. You may also:
SSP Physiotherapists are trained to make the diagnosis of migraine. In some cases, tests may be done to exclude other causes of headache. Most people do not need any tests, and there are no tests which prove the diagnosis of migraine.
Many things can trigger or start migraine headaches:
In some people, migraine can be triggered or started by certain foods such as:
Anything that has triggered a migraine in the past should be avoided if possible. The goals of treatment are to control your symptoms and prevent further migraines.
Care at home
For further information on headaches or migraines you can make enquiries to a SSP Physiotherapist on 9583 5248 or via email firstname.lastname@example.org