Complex Migraine Headaches

Millions of people suffer from migraine headaches, from mild to severe, simple to complex, infrequently and almost daily.  Migraines are unpleasant to say the least.  Often, they are disabling for their duration.

Complex migraines can seriously affect the ability to speak.

Complex migraine headaches (basilar migraine is one form of it), as we witnessed while listening to the CBS Los Angeles TV reporter Serene Branson a few weeks ago, are much more serious, as they involve various bra excin centers, in this case, the speech center of the left temporal lobe, called Wernicke’s area.  Injury to, or disease of, this area of the brain results in garbled speech. The person can think the words and sentences clearly, but is not able to produce them.  They come out as “word salad”.  See the article:  “Complex migraines:  Searing pain, disrupted speech” by Val Willingham, CNN.

Abnormal blood flow to the brain may be the culprit of complex migraine headaches.

Apparently, dilated blood vessels in the brain, reduced blood flow to the brain, or irritation of the Trigeminal nerve (cranial nerve V) may cause such an event.

Dilated blood vessels may put pressure on the nerves around them, causing the nerves to fire excessively.  Reduced blood flow causes low oxygen, necessary for energy production, in the brain tissue near the blood vessels supplying them.  Irritation of the trigeminal nerve can manifest in various ways, since this nerve has many functions.

For instance, it innervates the muscles involved in chewing and opening/closing of the mouth.  It also innervates the skin of the face.  Irritation of this portion of the nerve may cause facial neuralgia (nerve pain).  Some people may have experienced facial neuralgia caused by shingles, Lyme’s disease, or a tumor pressing on this nerve.

Conventional treatment of complex migraine headaches.

Treatment includes over-the-counter medication, prescription drugs, and lifestyle changes.  All types of medication carry the risk of side effects.  In the long run, they may severely lower the quality of life for many people.  Moreover, these medications do not cure this condition, they merely palliate it.  So far, there appears to be no cure for migraines, including complex migraines.

A natural, gentle approach.

One therapy, gentle and noninvasive, shows tremendous promise in helping people to cope with complex migraine headaches, reducing their severity and frequency, often substantially.  It’s called Craniosacral Therapy.

Dr. William Garner Sutherland discovered the mechanism of the “craniosacral” system in the early 1900’s.  This craniosacral system deals with the skull bones, facial bones, spinal column (vertebrae), spinal cord, brain, and cerebrospinal fluid (CSF), as well as the membranous sac (meninges) that envelops the brain, spinal cord, and CSF as one unit.

Through experimenting on himself, he discovered the ways in which trauma to the face, head, and spine may cause a myriad of symptoms, including severe headaches, mood changes, nausea, digestive upset, and difficulty with memory and focus, among others.  These symptoms were caused by a shifting of the skull bones, as well as vertebrae, when trauma to the face, head, or spine occurred.

Since the membranous sac housing the brain and spinal cord is attached to the skull bones, as well as the top and bottom of the spinal column, a shifting of the skull bones, or the vertebrae, may cause a distortion of this sac, and create various pressures on the brain and spinal cord, irritating this highly sensitive nerve tissue.

Craniosacral therapy helps to release tension in the membranous sac.

Craniosacral therapy helps the body to release the tension/distortion within the membrane system, and thus takes the pressure of the nerves.  Symptoms often disappear within one session.  For older, more established conditions, several sessions may be needed.

This therapy does promise significant relief for all types of headaches, including migraines, and many other conditions as well, as it supports the body’s own healing mechanism.  Healing happens from within, not without.

Other natural options.

There are many herbs that can alleviate complex migraine headaches., as well as other headaches   Herbs can harm, as well as heal.  So, ask a naturopathic doctor, or Chinese Medicine doctor, to help you chose the types of herbs that will help you the most.  Also see nutritional support for headaches, and homeopathic remedies for headaches.

Until the next natural healing perspectives blog…

To Your Health