Is There a Connection Between Migraines and Light Sensitivity?

January 23, 2023
light, migraine, Blair Chiropractic in Southgate
light, migraine, Blair Chiropractic in Southgate

Are you sensitive to the bright lights in your room? Do you get more headaches when it's sunny outside? Well, we have just the perfect guide for you! As you know, light is an essential factor in preventing migraine attacks. This is because of the strong link between migraines and light sensitivity. This article will discuss this correlation and the benefits of Blair Chiropractic in Southgate for relief.

 

The Link Between Lights and Migraines

Migraine is a widespread condition that causes migraine sufferers to experience photophobia or sensitivity to light.

There are many theories about what causes this sensitivity. Still, the most accepted explanation is that migraines result from changes in the brain's blood vessels. The cerebral blood vessels swell, restricting blood flow to the head. When this happens, chemicals get released into the space between cells, triggering inflammation in the surrounding tissues. This inflammation can result in pain or discomfort, making it harder for your eyes to focus properly on objects.

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So why does light make these symptoms worse? Let's start with what happens when someone has a migraine without photophobia: The blood vessels in their brain are dilated (which means they're wide open). They allow more oxygen-rich blood to flow through those vessels than normal. 

When these blood vessels close down again after an attack starts, they can become narrower than usual because of swelling caused by inflammation. This process is called vasoconstriction, which can cause intense pain and other symptoms like nausea or vomiting.

 

 

Light Variations

Many variations of light affect migraine sufferers. Some of them include:

Natural light

Some examples of natural light include sunlight and moonlight. Natural light is generally considered the least harmful to people with migraines because it is less intense than artificial light. However, even natural light can be too bright for some people with migraines. If you are sensitive to sunlight, we suggest wearing sunglasses or using other protective measures while outside. 

Artificial light

This refers to a form of lighting powered by electrical sources. This can include fluorescent lighting, LED, and incandescent lighting. Artificial light is more intense than natural light, so you must always utilize it, especially when you frequently have migraines. 

Blue bulbs are especially dangerous because they overstimulate the eyes, which can trigger a migraine headache in someone who suffers from these conditions regularly. 

Red bulbs are also problematic because they can cause eye strain that can lead to headaches or other symptoms that mimic those caused by migraines.

Consider a Trusted Migraine Relief Option: Blair Chiropractic in Southgate

If you suffer from intense light sensitivity and frequent recurring migraines, don’t despair. There’s a way to reduce light sensitivity and other symptoms associated with migraines. We suggest working with an Upper Cervical professional who practices Blair Chiropractic in Southgate.  

This way, you can potentially reduce or eliminate your symptoms by addressing neck misalignment, one of the leading contributors to chronic pain and conditions like migraines. It can also help with light sensitivity, nausea, dizziness, neck pain, muscle spasms and tightness, tingling sensations in your arm/hand/legs/feet, and more!

How does it work? Worn-out or damaged connective tissues connecting your skull and neck can cause the topmost neck bones - the C1 and C2 - to shift out of place.

Additionally, when your neck muscles are too tight or inflamed due to injury, the C1 and C2 bones can compress or impinge on the nerves connecting your brain and other body parts, causing miscommunication.

If you wish to try Upper Cervical Chiropractic as an approach to your migraine and light sensitivity, we suggest visiting us regularly for Blair Chiropractic in Southgate. Book your appointment with us to see how this technique might be able to redefine your approach to recurring migraines.

 

To schedule a consultation with Dr. Brock, call our Southgate office at (734) 275-2644. You can also click the button below.

If you are outside of the local area, you can find an Upper Cervical Doctor near you at www.uppercervicalawareness.com.

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