In our previous blog, we talked about how exertion can cause an athlete to suffer from migraines. We also touched on how pain in an athlete’s head may come because of other factors as well. It’s odd to think that sports equipment could cause a migraine, and that alone may not cause it, but it may contribute to it.
Trauma Triggered Migraine
Another factor that may contribute to the onset of migraines in athletes is trauma. These types of migraines usually occur in children, adolescents, and young adults. The cause of the trauma is usually a complex temporary disturbance of brain function following a blow to the head.
People who suffer from this type of migraine will usually experience visual disturbances, including temporary blindness and an altered level of consciousness. They may also experience a severe headache, nausea, and vomiting after the migraine.
While a blow to the head may trigger this type of migraine, it is important to note that blows to other parts of the body will not. Trauma migraines will usually only last for a few minutes, but they can last for up to 24 hours. There will also be neurological deficits that will not totally clear; and the post-traumatic attacks may be mistaken for concussions, contusions, or acute epidural or subdural hematoma.
Perhaps now you’re thinking that you don’t need to worry about developing these types of headaches because you wear all of the safety equipment available. Athletes who play soccer, football, volleyball, and wrestling have all been diagnosed with this type of headache.
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It is important to note that just because an athlete begins to experience migraines after they suffer from a head or neck trauma doesn’t mean that trauma led to the pain in their head. For there to be a direct link, there can be no other precursors for migraines before the onset of the headaches.
Upper Cervical and Post-traumatic Migraines
Whether an athlete developed migraines because of a head or neck trauma, wearing a certain type of sporting equipment, over-exertion, or anything else, the underlying cause of that pain in their head may be the same. It may be due to a misalignment in their upper cervical spine. It only takes a misalignment of ¼ of a millimeter in the top two bones in the neck to place enough pressure on the brainstem to hinder the brain’s ability to communicate with the body.
Luckily, an upper cervical chiropractor can examine the upper neck vertebrae for any misalignments that may be the underlying cause of those migraines. They will, if they find any misalignment, make the necessary adjustments, so as to restore the brain’s ability to communicate with the body, thus allowing the body to heal itself.
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