Cambridge Migraine Clinic
We have Cambridge Migraine Clinics located in Waterbeach and Central Cambridge. Our osteopath uses osteopathy and prescriptive exercise to treat and manage migraines. Treatment is conservative, uninvasive and deliveried in the least painful manner where possible.
For more information about migraines and treatment read our Guide to Migraine Treatment with Osteopathy by Osteopaths
What is a Migraine?
A migraine is a primary headache disorder characterized by recurrent headaches that are moderate to severe. Typically, the headaches affect one half of the head, are pulsating in nature, and last from two to 72 hours. Associated symptoms may include nausea, vomiting, and sensitivity to light, sound, or smell. The pain is generally made worse by physical activity. Up to one-third of people have an aura: typically a short period of visual disturbance which signals that the headache will soon occur. Occasionally, an aura can occur with little or no headache following it.
What Causes Migraines?
The underlying causes of migraines are unknown. Though there are aspects of migraines to be considered as shown below
Triggers – fatigue, certain foods, and weather have been labeled as triggers
Psychological Aspects – Post-traumatic stress disorder and abuse. Migraines are more likely to occur around menstruation. Other hormonal influences, such as menarche, oral contraceptive use, pregnancy, perimenopause, and menopause.
Dietary Aspects – certain foods can be a trigger
Environmental Aspects – triggered by poor indoor air quality and lighting
In some case you may need to be referred to your GP for further investigation for the cause of the migraines and for medication prescription to manage the severity and symptoms of the migraine.
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