Migraine is a complex condition affecting more than 10 million people in the UK. It is estimated that there are over 190,000 migraine attacks every day in the UK, and are more prevalent among women.
Intensity of migraine headaches are usually severe, and can include other symptoms of disturbed vision, nausea, and increased sensitivity to light and sound. Attacks vary in length and frequency from person to person, and triggers can include stress, poor sleep, dehydration, lack of food and hormonal changes in women.
Treatment may consist of the removal of known triggers, prescribed medication and botulinum injections to muscles around the scalp and face. However, not all patients respond well to these interventions, and some may feel they have to reside to suffering migraine from then on. Interesting research looked into the significance of the Corrugator Supercilii muscle, located above the eye, and migraine. This muscle effectively allows you to frown and creates the vertical lines in your forehead. In this study conducted by Guyuron, B. et al. (2000), they observed whether there was a relationship between removal of the Corrugator Supercilii muscle and improvement in migraine. Results were encouraging, revealing 85-92% of patients experience a 50% or more reduction in headache frequency and severity. This offers real hope to those who suffer with chronic migraine headaches.