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Would you be surprised to learn that the source of migraine headaches has not been conclusively found or agreed upon? Most medical people agree that the trigeminal nerve is most likely the culprit. What is the trigeminal nerve you ask? The trigeminal nerve is the largest and most complex of the 12 cranial nerves. It supplies sensations to the face, mucous membranes, and other structures of the head. It is the motor nerve for the muscles of mastication and contains proprioceptive fibers. Now you might wonder what proprioceptive nerves do. Well, proprioception is basically a continuous loop of feedback between sensory receptors throughout your body and your nervous system. Sensory receptors are located on your skin, joints, and muscles. When we move, our brain senses the effort, force, and heaviness of our actions and positions and responds accordingly. What does this mean for people who have migraine headaches?
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Tension on the trigeminal nerve can be the cause of your migraine headache. Any medicine you may take that does not remove this tension will only offer you palliative relief. When your head feels like it’s about to explode and relief is welcome. If you need a long-term solution you may want to consider a cold laser for migraine headaches. The cold laser uses infrared light, which one cannot see or feel, to reduce inflammation, swelling, and pain. The anti-inflammatory effects of infrared light work at the cellular level. It is my thought that the laser works on the cellular level to reduce tension allowing the trigeminal nerve to work effectively. This may not be the greatest analogy but let’s give it a try. Think of a racehorse stuck in the gate raring to go but cannot. The horse bucks snorts and pushes the stall walls to get the tension out. When the trigeminal nerve is blocked the nerve energy wants to move and connect with the brain but is being blocked, this is how the pain starts. The nerve impulses along the very large trigeminal nerve get backed up and keep coming. Think of a traffic jam getting bigger and bigger, people getting more angry and frustrated. Well, your nerves act like that too, they get noisy and angry. Then you head up with a terrible headache or a migraine. I hope you understand that the trigeminal nerve is thought to cause your headaches.
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