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Your Migraines May Be Caused By Myofascial Pain Syndrome

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Myofasical pain experts claim that over 90% of headaches are due to myofascial pain syndrome. While trigger points in the scalp, neck, jaw, upper back, and shoulders refer pain to the head and the face, those under the back of the skull radiate pain to the forehead and the back of the head. The pain vanishes when these muscle knots dissolve. Go for holistic treatment once you've ruled out chances of any fatal causes of your headaches.

Migraines are a type of headache that may occur with symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, or sensitivity to light. In many people, the throbbing pain is felt only on one side of the head.

People who get migraines have warning symptoms before the actual headache begins. An aura is a group of symptoms, including vision disturbances, that are a warning sign that a bad headache is coming.

Causes Of Migraines

A migraine is caused by abnormal brain activity, which can be triggered by a number of factors like alcohol, stress and anxiety, certain odors or perfumes, loud noises or bright lights, and smoking. Migraine attacks may also be triggered by:

  • Caffeine withdrawal
  • Changes in hormone levels during a woman’s menstrual cycle or with the use of birth control pills
  • Changes in sleep patterns
  • Exercise or other physical stress
  • Missed meals
  • Smoking or exposure to smoke
  • Certain foods and artificial sweeteners

Most Migraines Are Due To Myofascial Pain

More than 90% of headaches can be attributed to myofascial pain condition.

We are taught to believe that there are many kinds of headaches. Tension, sinus, cluster, migraine, and temporomandibular joint pain or TMJ are among the most frequently diagnosed.

For many years, the myofascial pain professional community has recognized that more than 90% of all these headaches occur because of an underlying myofascial pain condition caused by injury to the muscle and fascia of the head, neck, and upper shoulders.

Understanding Myofascial Pain Of The Head

Trigger points in the muscles of the shoulders and the upper back can also refer pain to your head.

Myofascial trigger points in the muscles of the scalp, jaw, neck, shoulders, and upper back refer pain to the head and the face. Trigger point in the sternocleidomastoid muscle, for example, can cause pain in the forehead, sinus, ear, and back of the head.

Myofascial trigger points under the back of the skull causes both tension and migraine headaches.

Myofascial trigger points in the muscles under the back of the skull radiate pain to the back of the head and around to the forehead. These trigger points cause tension headache and migraine headache.

The pain is actually caused by the knots in the muscles that are called myofascial trigger points. We know this because when the knots are made smaller, the pain is less. When the knots are made to go away, the pain is gone.

After life-threatening causes for the headache have been investigated by family physicians and neurologists, these patients need an individualized comprehensive holistic treatment program.

Hal S. Blatman MD

Hal S. Blatman, MD is the founder and medical director of the Blatman Health and Wellness Center, and a nationally recognized specialist in treating myofascial pain. He is credentialed in Pain Management and Board Certified in Occupational and Environmental Medicine and in Integrative Holistic Medicine.

Hal S. Blatman MD

Hal S. Blatman, MD is the founder and medical director of the Blatman Health and Wellness Center, and a nationally recognized specialist in treating myofascial pain. He is credentialed in Pain Management and Board Certified in Occupational and Environmental Medicine and in Integrative Holistic Medicine.

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Taryn Robertson-Smith
Taryn Robertson-Smith 5pts

You forgot food allergies especially dairy, gluten and nitrates in processed meats. I believe these should be number 1 on list!

Sweet'Sadie Dobbs
Sweet'Sadie Dobbs 5pts

Need help with my headaches what can I take going through menopause and my headaches is of the chain .

Olivia Perry
Olivia Perry 5pts

mine are caused by barometric pressure and weather and are so bad that 75% of the time I have to go to the hospital for a morphine drip, I wish myofascial trigger points worked for me, I do know that they help a lot of others with sever head aches.

Krisshan Kant Sundriyal
Krisshan Kant Sundriyal 5pts

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Ayurveda
Ayurveda 5pts

Thanks for sharing your thoughts

Yogesh Vyas
Yogesh Vyas 5pts

Ya it's helpful. And my wishes with you. :)

Cinia Cruz
Cinia Cruz 5pts

I hope this will help me,i'm suffering from migraine head ache now.

Yogesh Vyas
Yogesh Vyas 5pts

Eat apple daily in the morning before eat anything. Its help in migraines problem.

James Prellwitz
James Prellwitz 5pts

Huh, my herbalist taught me that it's to many toxins in the liver, and when you don't release then the proper way, it gets release back into the blood stream and then wam here comes that headache, , detox people, never had a migraine again , I keep detoxing,

Flor Keta Marte
Flor Keta Marte 5pts

Migraines are the worst. Thank god i havent had an episode in a like 2 mths. I get them with nausea, vomiting and sensitivity to light and noise. Is horrible. \U0001f622 Carolina Moreno-Liriano thanks for tagging me prima i love to read about things like this

Usha Vijayabalan
Usha Vijayabalan 5pts

I too having migraine and before headache aura silver line coming to my both eyes for ten minutes and after that headache starts severely

Chris Max
Chris Max 5pts

Woow....this article makes me fall more in love with this page....symptoms explained for migraine are exactly i got and causes are exactly i went through before migraine kick.....i was thinking for yrs i have something bad on my head and didn't connect with migraine. So ..thank you

Ayurveda
Ayurveda 5pts

Lavanyaa Vasan Machen Thanks for the tip! :)

Lavanyaa Vasan Machen
Lavanyaa Vasan Machen 5pts

I too have migraine... and suffering a lot...for this you can have hot sukku(dry ginger)and malli(dhaniya)water instead of plain water or any hot drinks...it goes well for nausea vomiting and headache too.....

Ayurveda
Ayurveda 5pts

Thanks for the tip! (Y) Kanhaiyalal Soni

Kanhaiyalal Soni
Kanhaiyalal Soni 5pts

Reiki is the best Forehead Eyes Forehead ( both ) Temples Also in Liver

Bacha Jesica
Bacha Jesica 5pts

Kan het ook niet in nederlands vertaalt worden k hb ook last vn migraine elke dag

Kimmy Heil
Kimmy Heil 5pts

Is there a safe way to get rid of the migraine?

Andrea Tina White
Andrea Tina White 5pts

Dontae Petty ......this MAY can help for awhile. Read it and decide if its safe. \U0001f618

Calvin Cosentino
Calvin Cosentino 5pts

Plus Ayurvedic medicine has been around for thousands of years still used to this day. All natural healing

Calvin Cosentino
Calvin Cosentino 5pts

For every aliment, disease, cancer etc...,we always want and look for a cure but the real question should always be, "why is this happening?" "What is causing this?"