Over 29 million Americans suffer from migraines. The NTI-tss is indicated for migraine prevention. It is a small nightguard that comfortably fits over your four front teeth. Its patented design keeps your canine and back teeth apart. This separation minimizes the intensity of your nighttime clenching forces.

What is a Migraine

We spend a lot of time talking about and hearing about migraines. How many people suffer, who suffers more, triggers, treatments, precautions, etc, etc.  But, when was the last time we really discussed what a migraine was?

An article from thenews.com does a really good job outlining what a migraine is.

A lot of people use the term "migraine" to describe any severe headache, a migraine headache is the result of specific physiologic changes that occur within the brain and lead to the characteristic pain associated symptoms of a migraine.

Migraine headaches are usually associated with sensitivity to light, sound, and smells. In addition, many patients experience nausea or vomiting. The headache of a migraine often involves only one side of the head but in some cases, patients may experience pain bilaterally or on both sides. The pain of a migraine is often described as throbbing or pounding and it may be made worse with physical exertion.

In some cases, patients with migraines experience specific warning symptoms, or an aura, prior to the onset of their headache. These warning symptoms can range from flashing lights or a blind spot in one eye to numbness or weakness involving one side of the body. The aura may last several minutes, and then resolves as the head pain begins or may last until the headache resolves.

What causes migraines? There is no known specific cause, but there may be fluctuations in certain neurotransmitters, chemicals that send messages between brain cells. These changes may predispose some people to develop migraine headaches.

What triggers migraines? There are many factors that have been identified, anything from hormone fluctuations in women to chocolate and wine.  The full article lists more in detail.

Migraines have different signs, symptoms and can occur in men, women, and children.  To learn more about migraines, click here.

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NTI-tss Plus, what?

It has been a while since we have discussed what the NTI is and how it works, I think it is about time for a refresher on the subject. The NTI is a small, clear nightguard that only covers your four front teeth. Due to its small size, it is comfortable to wear while you sleep. The NTI-tss Plus™ is custom fabricated to be worn on either your upper or lower teeth and is made of safe, non-toxic thermoplastic that does not contain Bisphenol A.Everyone clenches their teeth during sleep. For many, clenching and grinding causes migraine or tension-type headaches. The NTI  reduces clenching by not allowing the canine or back teeth to touch. This diminishes  muscle contractions in the head and face. Intense muscle activity can cause headaches and migraines.To demonstrate how the NTI works, touch the muscles of your temples while biting down on a pencil with your back teeth as hard as possible. The temporal muscles will bulge and intensely contract. when you bite down on a pencil, with only the front teeth, the temporal muscles remain relaxed.If you are interested in getting and NTI-tss Plus, contact us by clicking here or call the Headache Hotline at 1-877-684-7587.  The NTI is only available from licensed dentist. We can locate a dental provider in your area that offers the NTI-tss Plus™.
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The Science of Migraines

For your doctor to diagnose you with migraines, your headaches must meet the following criteria:

  • You must have at least 5 attacks per year that all have the same presentation
  • The headache last 4-72 hours
  • Be associated with nausea and/or vomiting; and
  • Come with photophobia (intolerance to light) or phonophobia (intolerance to sound).

The pain associated with your headache must also meet some criteria:

  • It should only be on one side of your head
  • Have a pulsating quality that is moderate or severe;and
  • Is aggravated, or causes the avoidance of, physical activity. 

 

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Show Purple for Migraine Awareness Month

Migraine awareness month is June and people all over are showing their support with purple and learning more about that vascular headaches that all too many people are familiar with.

Migraines are suffered worldwide by an estimated one billion people, according to WebProNews. Women are three times more likely to experience migraine headaches than men.

Migraines are described as extremely painful and throbbing headaches which are sometimes accompanied by light sensitivity, nausea, and vomiting. Some people experience warning signs before their migraines such as restlessness, increased appetite, or tension. Sometimes a migraine can last for hours leaving a person unable to live life normally.

Migraines are a neurological disorder and no one knows exactly what causes them.  They can be triggered by numerous different things and vary from person to person. 

The National Headache Foundation is a leader in providing educational information about migraines and other headaches to those who suffer from them, professionals who research them, and those who make health policies regarding headaches of all kinds.

The foundation wants people to show purple to show their support to let others know that they are not alone. It also strives to promote advocacy, education, and research in order to facilitate a world without headaches. "A World Without Headache" is the National Headache Foundation's theme for June 2014. The hope is that one day, through clinical research and advancements in medicine, that migraine headaches could be a thing of the past. Until then, people will continue to suffer around the world from migraines.

Article From: www.inquisitr.com

 

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Migraine Myths Dispelled

There is a lot of information floating around about migraines, what they are, and who suffers from them.  Some of this information is factual and some of this information is not. Let's look at a few of the common migraine myths and what the truths really are.

Myth #1 : "Only women get migraines"

Fact: Men also get migraines, but they are more common in women. Approximately 18% of women in America suffer from migraines, while only 6% of men do.

Myth #2: "If I have migraines than so will my children"

Fact: There is a strong genetic link to migraine development, but it does not necessarily mean your children will have migraines if you do.

Myth #3: "If you do not see flashing lights than you are not having a migraine"

Fact: You do not have to have an aura to have a migraine. Only about 1/3rd of migraine sufferers have an aura.

Myth #4: "Migraines during a woman's menstrual cycle are all in her head"

Fact: Headaches during a menstrual cycle could very well be migraines. They are not "in your head" or related to depression/mood changes, as others may assume.

Myth#5: "If you suffer from migraine, you are out of luck. There really isn't a good treatment option."

Fact: This is not true, there are a lot of different therapies for different types of migraine sufferers.

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