Q: What exactly is happening with hormones around my cycle that cause me to get menstrual migraines?
A: Estrogen is an “excitatory” hormone, which means that it makes brain cells give off more of an electrical discharge. Progesterone, on the other hand, is an “inhibitory” hormone, which means that it calms those cells down. When the body is making more estrogen than progesterone, it can make the nervous system, well, “excitable.” Think PMS, and you get the idea.
We have observed that this nervous system excitability causes increased muscle tightness throughout your neck. This muscle tightness jams the neck joints together, overloading them. Those joints, in turn, cascade symptoms up into your head and face. We target those joints with our system. It’s routine that monthly cycles rapidly become less of a trigger, usually taking anywhere from 3 to 4 months with severe cases before there’s no reaction at all to menstrual cycles.