How Playing Sports May Lead to Migraines

Can playing sports causes you to get migraine?

Trauma-Triggered Migraines

This kind of migraine is brought about by some sort of mild injury to the head. It can cause a temporary disturbance of brain function. Children and young adults are common sufferers. The symptoms of this type of migraines are:

  • Visual disturbances (temporary blindness)
  • Unconsciousness
  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting

The symptoms last from 1-10 minutes after the injury and can continue anywhere from 3-24 hours. Sometimes the symptoms linger and they result in post-traumatic attacks. Some of the common victims are athletes in sporting games like volleyball, football, soccer, and wrestling.

Post-Traumatic Migraines

As noted above, this kind of migraine happens after the initial trauma and does not go away within a reasonable amount of time. This can cause daily, tension, or migraine headaches. A study involved 29 people that had post-traumatic headaches due to a mild sporting injury. Their symptoms were:

  • Confusion
  • A stiff neck
  • Possible concussion
  • Lack of concentration

Some of them were unable to do such things as exercise or take part in sports because of how intense their headaches were. So, the question is, what is to be done?

How Migraines Are Helped with Upper Cervical Chiropractic Care

It has been observed in many cases that trauma to the head and neck leads to migraine headaches. This is due to the fact that the tissue that keeps the spine in place can become torn during contact sporting events. This causes the spine to lock into a stressed position, generally beginning with the top two vertebrae of the neck. The brainstem runs through this area and can come under pressure due to a misalignment of these bones. This hinders cerebrospinal fluid flow, nerve flow, and blood flow to and from the brain and body leading to a migraine.

Upper Cervical Doctors are specially trained to find and correct these misalignments. Once this is done, our patients frequently report feeling much better, often after one or two adjustments only.


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