What are Migraines?

The pain of a migraine headache is often described as an intense pulsing or throbbing pain in one area of the head. A migraine is normally diagnosed by its severity and number of attacks. A migraine attack can last several hours or even days if left untreated and additional symptoms including nausea and/or vomiting, or sensitivity to light and sound. Migraine is three times more common in women than in men and affects more than 10 percent of people worldwide. People with migraines tend to have recurring attacks triggered by a number of different factors, including stress, anxiety, hormonal changes, bright or flashing lights, lack of food or sleep, and possibly dietary substances.  Migraine headaches in some women may relate to changes in hormones and hormonal levels during their menstrual cycle.  For many years, scientists believed that migraines were linked to the dilation and constriction of blood vessels in the head. Others now think that migraines have a genetic origin. 

Medicinal Treatment of Migraines

Most doctors prefer to treat migraine sufferers with traditional western medicine, with the dosage prescribed in accordance with severity and frequency of attacks. 

Treatment with Muscular Therapy

While traditional western medicine as prescribed by a doctor can offer relief for a percentage of sufferers, there are many that remain dissatisfied with this solution as the medicine is either ineffective at relief or its side-effects are too debilitating for the individual. Although migraine attacks can be genetic or bio-chemical in nature, often times the pain itself is the result of active trigger points housed within the muscles of the neck, shoulders and back. Using trigger point therapy and dry needling to release trigger points within these muscles, Ynon Lerner can offer a different solution to migraine headaches, sometimes relieving them completely and allowing the sufferer to live free of pills.