When does a headache become a migraine? Or do headaches migrate into something that is more severe? Well, we all know when we have a headache; take a couple of paracetomol and it goes away. But headache pills won't usually have much effect on migraines. That is because the causes are quite different and so are the symptoms.
That is not to say that you can't have a headache component to your migraine, which will respond to medication, but the symptoms of migraines will not. So what are the symptoms? They vary from person to person, but sensitivity to light and sound accompanied by nausea and vomiting are common.
There is uncertainty about the cause. Certain foods and drinks are common triggers, and so is stress. Sufferers are advised to note what they have consumed for the twentyfour hours before an attack. After several migraines you may get certain foods showing up regularly, which can then be avoided. It is thought by many that food allergies and sensitivities contribute to the predisposition for migraines, and yet others think that heredity plays a part, particularly from the mother, as more women are affected than men.
Migraine usually affects one side of the head, and is thought by some authorities to be neurovascular in origin, that is, affecting the nerve and blood supply, particularly to the head. It is believed that the trigeminal nerve in particular is affected.
All of the foregoing makes migraines quite difficult to treat effectively. Having said that, I have had considerable success in alleviating, and in many cases, eliminating migraine completely with craniosacral therapy. I believe this is because craniosacral therapy works with the membranes that surround the central nervous system where it can find and release areas of tension that are impinging on nerve supply, and release areas of soft tissue that may be hypertonic, giving improved nerve, lymph and blood flow.