Migraines - Child of London, 2010
Dr. Thomas Marshall-Manifold from the Wimbledon Clinic of Natural Medicine shared with us some of the causes and treatment of this painful condition
Studies indicate that about 10% of men and more than 20% of women experience migraines. Migraines are more intense and longer-lasting than normal headaches. The pain is persistent and throbbing and typically affects one side of the head. It builds up over a period of 1-2 hours, and lasts from several hours to several days. The first attack comes often in childhood, incidence increases in adolescence and persists during adulthood.
What happens during a migraine attack?
During a migraine attack, the temporal artery enlarges and this stretches the nerves that coil around the artery and causes them to release chemicals. The chemicals cause inflammation, pain, and further enlargement of the artery. The increasing enlargement of the artery magnifies the pain.
Migraine attacks commonly activate the sympathetic nervous system, the part of the nervous system that controls primitive responses to stress and pain. The increased sympathetic nervous activity can contribute to development of other symptoms, including nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, light sensitivity, and visual disturbances. Occasionally, symptoms can be more severe and include partial paralysis, difficulty in speaking, confusion, or fainting.
What causes migraine?
Although the precise cause of migraines has not been established, there are many known factors which can trigger migraines in susceptible people, including:
New options for migraine sufferers
For many years, medicine couldn’t offer help with migraines, except of painkillers, anti-inflammatories and advising to avoid the triggers. However, advances in the understanding of how our brains work and the development of technological equipment that can measure brain activity brought new methods for treatment and control of migraines, including:
With these new options for migraine prevention and treatment you don’t have to wait until your next migraine appears. Changes in life style in combination with treatment can help you to take control into your own hands. The above described methods are offered as a part of individualised treatment programme.
Dr. Thomas Marshall-Manifold has over 30 years experience helping people with variety of health problems, including Migraines. He developed a unique system of biomedical testing and uses natural therapies including Acupuncture, Herbalism, Nutrition, Complex Homoeopathy and Chiropractic Technique. He also uses the above described systems to manage Migraines.
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