What is a Migraine Headache?

Each year, more than 45 million Americans suffer from chronic, severe headaches, including approximately 28 million who suffer from migraines.

A migraine headache is an intense headache that can become so severe that it can disrupt your day-to-day life. Migraine headaches can be very painful but also cause a surplus of other symptoms not associated with a general headache. Migraines can also be a chronic condition and can be due to other factors.


What are the Symptoms of Migraine Headaches?

While the symptoms of migraine headaches vary depending on each individual, the most common signs and symptoms of a migraine headache include:

  • Intense pain
  • Throbbing or pulsing in one or multiple sides of the head
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Sensitivity to light and sound
  • Blind spots

While some people only experience a migraine headache once in a while, for others, migraine headaches can be debilitating.


the most common causes of Migraine Headaches

The exact cause of migraine headaches is not fully understood. Many researchers believe that a migraine can be caused by a change in hormone levels in the brain.

Common triggers for Migraines include:

  • Stress
  • Bright lights
  • Smells
  • Medication
  • Lack of sleep / excessive sleep
  • Alcohol
  • Foods containing aspartame or MSG

Rehabilitation is key to recovery and return to day-to-day life, but not all rehab programs are created equal. Many fail to address the importance of motor learning to restore motor skills, and enhanced capacities of neuroplasticity to prevent re-injury.

Integrated motor learning principles not only improve functional performance, but also support neuroplasticity to reduce re-injury risk.

How can you treat Migraine Headaches?

BOTOX® (onabotulinumtoxinA) was first approved by the FDA in 1989 for the treatment of eye disorders, blepharospasm, and strabismus. It was noticed that wrinkles around the eyes would disappear after BOTOX® injections, and BOTOX® became widely used for treating facial lines. In turn, many people who had wrinkles treated noticed improvement in their headaches. Scientific studies and our experience confirm that BOTOX® injections can indeed relieve chronic migraine headaches.

BOTOX® is the first FDA-approved (2010) preventive treatment for adults who have Chronic Migraines. A Chronic Migraine means you have both a history of migraine headaches and headaches on most days of the month (15 or more).

The effect of a single Botox treatment lasts on average 3 months. The procedure takes 10 minutes to perform and is accompanied by minimal discomfort because of the very small needle size. BOTOX® prevents migraines and headaches before they even start. BOTOX® prevents on average 8 to 9 headache days and migraine/probable migraine days a month.

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