Migraines History & Facts

Migraine History & Facts


“There is no condition of such magnitude – yet so shrouded in myth, misinformation, and mistreatment – as migraine.”

— Joel R. Saper, MD, Chair, MRF Medical Advisory Board


It is true, for those who have experienced a migraineheadache, know that it can severely affect your daily activities.  What is a migraine though?  A migraine is a headache with throbbing pain that is usually worse on one side of your head.  If a migraine goes untreated, they can last four hours or even up to three days.  Did you know approximately 45 million Americans suffer from chronic headaches, and of them, 28 million suffer from migraines.  Nearly, 1 in 4 U.S. households include someone with migraine.  Also about 18 percent of women and 6 percent of men suffer from migraine.  Migraines even affect children, however most migraines go undiagnosed in children.  In school-aged children nearly 10% suffer from migraine Half of all migraine sufferers have their first attack before the age of 12. Migraine has even been reported in children as young as 18 months old. Migraine tends to run in families. If one parent suffers from migraine, there is a 40% chance a child will suffer. If both parents suffer, the chance rises to 90%.  Symptoms and warning signs can differ from person to person.  In general though, common symptoms can be sensitivity to light, sound, and motion.  Other symptoms may include but are not limited to: blurred vision, fatigue, sensations of being cold or warm, stomach upset, abdominal pain, and vomiting. Those who suffer from migraines combined for 800,000 migraine related emergency related visits.

Migraine Facts



Your Migraine & Your Chiropractic:

There aren’t many large studies on the value of chiropractic treatment in managing migraines. One study examined chiropractic treatment for different types of headaches, including migraines. The study combined the results of 22 studies, which had more than 2,600 patients total. The studies show that chiropractic treatment may serve as a good preventive treatment for migraines.  Another trial found that 22 percent of people who had chiropractic treatment saw the number of attacks drop 90 percent. In that same study, 49 percent said they had a significant reduction in pain intensity.

One study of 127 migraine sufferers in Australia found that those that received chiropractic treatment had fewer attacks and needed to take less medication. The 1999 study found that more than 80 percent of the patients blamed stress for leading to their migraine attacks. Therefore researchers believe chiropractic care might physically help reduce the body’s reaction to stress.  There are also some side effects to chiropractic treatment like: temporary headaches, tiredness, discomfort where chiropractic manipulation took place, and possible stiffness  

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Migraines remains poorly understood and frequently mistreated. Researchers still do not understand many things about the causes of migraine, the role of genetics, the nature of pain, and the reasons why medications work only on some people and in some situations. As a result, sufferers often endure a lengthy process of trial and error to discover an effective treatment. Once a treatment is determined, it may not alleviate every attack, and it may prove ineffective over time. Some people suffer from several different types of migraine, making diagnosis and treatment that much more difficult.


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