Thanks for your question.
The reasons why migraines occur is inconclusive, although there is good evidence to suggest it involves changes in blood flow to the brain. Namely blood vessels dilate and stretch, causing nerves in the head to be more sensitive leading to head pain. Other theories include increased sensitivity to the brainstem region (the area involved with breathing, heart rate, sensation of the face, and regulation of pain). Nonetheless, it is very important for any person suffering from migraines, especially repeatedly, seek care from a practitioner, as they can also be a symptom of something more serious occurring.
What is well known are the triggers that most migraine sufferers can identify. These include, hormonal, stress, dietary, light and noise, dehydration, alcohol, and physical strains. Subsequently, it’s very important to keep a diary of what exact triggers are contributing to their migraines.
So, in your case, Its important we rule out any serious conditions by a detailed history, including if he has suffered any visual, balance, and speech problems, as well as any weakness in his arms or legs. Additionally whether he has suffered any head injuries or concussions. If there are concerns, a referral for a CT or MRI scan are essential.
If he answered no to any of the above, then he is a candidate for the sort of treatment that I provide. Depending on the examination findings, we may offer advice on lifestyle, diet and stress, treatment to affected spinal joints related to his posture and ergonomics, and breathing exercise. Additionally we may use novel methods of making his brainstem less ‘sensitive’ by filtering his sensory inputs, by using coloured eye glasses, music, and balance exercises.
I hope this helps
All the best
Chiropractor ~ Functional Neurology
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