Types of Migraines

Types of Migraines

Migraine headaches are relatively common. What you may not know is that there are different types of migraines, and each type has different effects. Fortunately, the professionals at Woodgrove Pines Wellness Clinic can create a treatment plan to reduce the symptoms and frequency of your migraine headaches. This may include massage therapy performed by our licensed massage therapist.

Main Migraine Categories

There are two main categories of migraine headaches:

Migraine with aura: This type of migraine causes pain as well as visual symptoms. Shortly before the pain begins, this type of migraine causes you to see lines, shapes, and flashes. It can also cause you to lose your vision for 10 to 30 minutes. Many patients who suffer from migraines with aura report feeling tingling in their arms and legs, impaired senses, and difficulty speaking.

Migraine without aura: This type of migraine causes a throbbing pain, but no visual or sensory disturbances.

Migraine Subtypes

While there are two main migraine categories, there are several migraine subtypes, including:

Brainstem aura: This type of migraine is serious. Aside from pain, it leads to slurred speech, vertigo, tinnitus, double vision, and severe sensitivity to sound.

Chronic: People who suffer from chronic migraines have headaches 15 days or more a month for over three months.

Hemiplegic: This type of migraine causes temporary paralysis on one side of the body. The symptoms are similar to that of a stroke, but it does not cause permanent damage.

Silent migraine: A silent migraine doesn't cause pain, but it causes other symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, and visual disturbances.

Menstrual: Menstrual migraines occur two days before a woman starts her period and often last up to three days.

Pregnancy: Pregnancy migraines are caused by the dramatic hormonal changes that occur during pregnancy. These migraines cause severe headaches, sensitivity to light and sound, nausea, and vomiting.

Chiropractor in Nanaimo, BC

If you suffer from any type of migraine, schedule an appointment with Woodgrove Pines Wellness Clinic in Nanaimo, BC. Our chiropractor can create a treatment plan to help treat your migraines. Our massage therapist will create a massage therapy regimen to reduce the pain and frequency of your migraines. For more information on migraines, massage therapy, or to schedule an appointment, call us at (250) 390-2003.

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