Roller coasters could combat migraines as sufferers have unique brain activity

Going on a roller coaster could help to stop migraines as sufferers’ brains process motion sickness in a different way, boffins claim.

Top German scientists found participants who were put through a virtual roller coaster ride had different brain cell activity surrounding dizziness – even if they weren’t currently having a migraine.

Its groundbreaking findings could play a huge role in finding a treatment for the condition, reports The Sun.

The University of Luebeck’s study concluded that migraine sufferers feel more sick and dizzy than others on the ride.

Researcher Gabriela Ferreira Carvalho told NewScientist: "People with migraines don’t just have headaches; they also often experience other conditions like motion sickness and dizziness which can really affect their quality of life.

"So this study really gives us a better idea about what’s going on [in their brains]."

During the experiment, an fMRI scan was carried out on 20 people who regularly experienced migraines and 20 who didn’t.

Participants watched lifelike-animated clips of roller coaster rides for 35 minutes on a screen.

A whopping 65 percent of the migraine sufferers felt dizzy during the test – compared to just 30 percent of the control group.

The scans backed this up and showed increased activity in areas of the brain responsible for vision, pain perception, sensory-motor processing, balance, and dizziness of regular migraine sufferers.

Sufferers also said their sickness and dizziness lasted three times longer and was more intense than the other group.

"The brain areas related to processing of migraine pain overlap with brain systems that regulate motion sickness and dizziness,” Carvalho added.

“People who do and do not have migraines process information about motion and gravity differently, and these findings reflect that.”

Its good news for people who suffer from the illness as the probe could hold the answer to finding out why some people experience migraines.

This could mean new treatments are created to provide a much-needed relief to the one billion people who suffer from the neurological condition, according to the Migraine Research Foundation.

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