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Vestibular Migraine – Migraine with Vestibular Symptoms

May 15, 2020 | 8:31am

What are vestibular migraines? The term “vestibular migraine” is not a real medical classification. A more accurate description would be a migraine with vestibular symptoms. The vestibular system in the inner ear, is one that maintains balance and equilibrium. Therefore vestibular symptoms are dizziness, vertigo (a sense of spinning or motion when at rest), or loss of balance and disequilibrium. Basilar migraines can also present with vertigo and tinnitus. Menieres disease (a condition with similar symptoms) is often diagnosed when in fact the patient my be experiencing migraines with symptoms of vestibular disorder. It is known that people with migraines are more apt to experience Menieres and vice versa. Up to 40 percent of migraine sufferers experience vestibular symptoms, a migraine ‘side effect’ that can make you feel like the room is spinning around you or cause severe dizzy spells that may leave you unable to get up from your bed. Almost everybody has had a headache before, but when they happen too frequently, it can be a sign of a bigger disorder. One of...

Finding Migraine Relief with Acupuncture

June 3, 2020 | 10:38am

Acupuncture is an ancient therapeutic practice based on traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) that originated in Asia thousands of years ago. Archeological evidence has revealed clues about how people in the Stone Age – a period that began about 2.6 million years ago and lasted until about 3300 BCE – used sharp stones and other tools to puncture and drain abscesses to relieve pain. But it wasn’t until the Chinese Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), that the foundations of modern acupuncture were recorded for the first time. The theory behind TCM is that a person’s qi or vital energy has to flow freely through the body to achieve physical and mental balance. According to TCM, an imbalanced qi can cause disease. The goal of acupuncture is to trigger specific points on the skin with needles to access and influence different nerves, tissues, glands, and organs in the body to help rebalance the qi. Western interest in acupuncture began to gain traction in the 1970s after President Nixon's visit to China. Nowadays, acupuncture is one of the most researched...

Grinding Your Teeth at Night: What Causes It and How To Prevent It

May 15, 2020 | 8:07am

What Is Bruxism? Bruxism is when you clench or grind your teeth unconsciously. According to the Mayo Clinic, bruxism is a movement disorder that can be caused by a combination of physical, genetic, and psychological factors. Bruxism is a fairly common disorder that tends to be more prevalent among children than in adults. A 2015 study conducted by researchers at the Children’s Hospital Boston Dental clinic showed that 38 of participants aged 17 or younger clenched their teeth at night, based on self-reported questionnaires filled by their parents. Most people who clench or grind their teeth do so at night. However, awake bruxism (grinding your teeth during the day), is also common among adults who experience a lot of stress. What Causes Bruxism Experts don’t fully understand what causes teeth grinding, though a number of internal and external factors can make you more likely to brux. In children, bruxism usually begins when the first few teeth start to erupt. Experts believe that babies and toddlers sometimes grind their teeth as a pain response from teething,...

Try These 5 Easy Stretches to Ease Migraine Pain

May 12, 2020 | 9:52am

If you’ve ever had a migraine before, you know that nothing can ruin a perfect day faster than a surprise attack. Nobody knows exactly why some people get migraines and others don’t; experts believe that these debilitating headaches are caused by a combination of genetic predisposition and environmental factors. Vigorous exercise is one of those factors thought to trigger migraines in some people. However, a regular exercising and stretching routine can, ironically, also lower the frequency and intensity of migraine attacks. Stretching is an important – yet often overlooked – form of physical activity. Most people think of stretching as something that you do before and after exercising, but a set of daily stretches can do more for your health than you think. Taking the time to stretch every day keeps your muscles flexible and strong. This is important because flexibility is essential for performing your day to day activities with ease and without pain. Research shows that those who are less flexible are at a greater risk of losing their balance and falling. Stretching...

Unusual Migraine Symptoms

May 12, 2020 | 9:39am

What does your typical migraine feel like? Every migraineur experiences attacks differently, though head pain, nausea, and light sensitivity are the most commonly reported symptoms. But what about those weird or unusual symptoms that you sometimes get before or during a migraine that nobody talks about? Are they a product of your headache, or could they be something else? “Unusual” migraine symptoms are more common than you think When you’ve suffered from migraine for a long time, you get to know your headaches pretty well. For example, maybe know precisely when an attack is coming because you get the same signs – aka auras – every time. Or perhaps you know that you always feel pain on the same side of your head no matter how intense your headache is. But when other symptoms that don't fit the description of the "classic migraine symptoms" show up, it can be hard to find an explanation. We don’t know exactly what causes migraine disease. Experts believe that many factors, including genetic predispositions, environmental triggers, and abnormalities in...

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