Common migraines are often dull headaches that soon turn into a throb along one side of the face or atop the whole head. Migraines are typically associated with sensitivity to light, nausea and vomiting, dizziness, and loss of appetite.

The direct cause of migraines is still unknown. It has been shown that a hereditary link to migraines is evident. Persons who have had one parent experience migraines have a 50% chance of having migraines in their lifetime, and those with both parents experiencing migraines have up to a 75% chance of experiencing migraines. This is due to the belief that there are inherited abnormalities in certain areas of the brain known as the "pain center" of the brain. Other theories suggest sudden expanding and constricting of blood vessels causes a pulsating of the vessel, which leads to increased inflammatory substances and pain perception. Triggers such as emotional stress, sensitivity to food chemicals and preservatives, caffeine withdrawal, changes in weather, and menstrual cycles may also lead to migraines.

When feeling the beginning of a migraine, it is important to jump into action as quickly as possible. Chiropractic adjustments with supplemental trigger point therapy will commonly reduce symptoms if caught early enough. Lying in a dark, cold room helps to reduce symptoms. Small amounts of caffeine consumption have also been shown to reduce migraine symptoms and limit their intensity.


Symptoms Classic migraines exhibit very similar symptoms to those of common migraines with the exception that classic migraines contain "aura." These visual disturbances include bright flashing dots, blind spots, wavy or distorted vision, and occasionally temporary loss of vision.

Causes and tips are the same for both common and classic migraines.