Migraine Headaches What is a migraine headache? Caused by changes in brain activity and the surrounding blood vessels, migraines impact nearly 40 million Americans each year, and it impacts women three times more often than men. Most often, people have common migraines, but classic migraines are also relatively common. The distinguishing factor between the two types is the fact that classic migraines often go hand-in-hand with auras, and are typically a lot more painful and long-lasting. The third type of migraine is known as a status migraine, which lasts for longer than three days. What are the symptoms of a migraine headache? Migraine headache symptoms typically include nausea, vomiting, sensitivity to light and sound, a throbbing and pounding sensation in the head, eye pain, trouble concentrating, grogginess, difficulty falling asleep and staying asleep, and irritability. How do we treat migraine headaches? Since migraines are often caused by tension and strain in the neck, we stretch out that part of the body to relieve some of the discomfort and reduce the occurrence of headache triggers and prevent auras and pulsing pain.