What is a migraine?
A migraine is a type of headache which is very severe. Pain is often felt as a throbbing at the front or to one side of the head and in about 1/3 of attacks, both sides are affected. Some people also experience other symptoms, such as nausea and sensitivity to light.
This is why many people refer to a migraine is more than a headache.
Because it’s more than just a bad headache, it’s debilitating.
A migraine affects the nerves in your head, it’s been noted that it is a neurological disorder. Interestingly, in 15-20% of attacks, other neurological symptoms occur before the actual throbbing head pain.
Karen Botha MAR
Your Association of Reflexologist’s Therapist
Questions & Answers
How do I know this isn’t just a headache? There are two types:
• Classical – you have a warning sign, known as aura, before the migraine begins. About a third of people with migraine have this. Warning
signs may include visual problems (such as flashing lights) and stiffness in the neck, shoulders or limbs.
• Common – no aura.
Who is affected?
While headaches are a common health condition, a migraine may affect about 15% of the adult population in the UK.
Symptoms affect about one in every four women and one in 12 men in the UK. Hormones may be the cause affecting three times more women than men. For example, some women find that migraine attacks are more frequent around the time of their period. However, this association has not been fully proven although anecdotally in our reflexology practise in Essex we see this link a lot.
A migraine is most common in people between age of 18 and 44 and they tend to run in families. As many as 90% of sufferers have a family history.
Migraines usually begin in young adulthood. About 9 in 10 sufferers have their first one before they are 40 years old. However, it is possible for them to begin later in life.
Why is a migraine caused?
There are common emotional and physical triggers of a migraine and it’s important to learn what they are to try to either spot or ideally avoid the onset.
Emotional triggers of a migraine includes:
*depression and anxiety
*excitement, and shock
Physical causes of a migraine include:
*tiredness/ insufficient sleep
*shoulder or neck tension, poor posture
*low blood sugar
*jet lag can also act as a trigger
How does reflexology act as migraine relief?
At Essential Feeling we have experienced giving reflexology in treatment for some of the common symptoms of migraine and had wonderful success. Even in those who have suffered with regular and debilitating pain. Although we’d never say you shouldn’t seek medical intervention, when some of the best medicine reliefs on the market haven’t worked, what are your options?
We have worked with two different types of clients. Ones who have had hormonal imbalances generally (issues with periods etc) and after weekly sessions, their migraines, firstly subsided into more of a niggling headache, and then eventually disappeared over time.
The second group of symptoms had no diagnosed reason, but we think it came from a tight neck because once we worked this, again with regular spinal reflexology, their migraines firstly became less frequent and severe and then disappeared.
Migraine aura treatment — natural
Of course, we’re always going to look at natural ways to treat a migraine (and their symptoms/ aura) at Essential Feeling. That’s not to say that there isn’t a place for your GP/ consultant. There absolutely is. But, there are also some things that you can do to help yourself be on top of symptoms.
Healthline recently published a report which listed the ten things to do if you suffer from a migraine. Here they are:
1. Watch your diet. There are foods which contribute towards a migraine.
2. Apply lavender oil. This works on relaxing and widening the channels as discussed above.
3. Try acupressure (reflexology is a form of acupressure). This works by removing the road blocks which cause the traffic build up as discussed above.
4. Look for feverfew. This is a herb that is supposed to reduce side effects. We have no experience with this.
5. Apply peppermint oil to prevent them. Again we have no experience with this.
6. Ginger eases nausea and vomiting.
7. Yoga may relieve the frequency, duration, and intensity by improving anxiety and releasing tension in trigger areas. It also improves vascular health.
8. Try biofeedback which is supposed to reduce stress and your reaction to it.
9. Add magnesium to your diet.
10. Book a massage. And we quote “A weekly massage may reduce frequency of migraines and improve sleep quality. A 2006 study suggests massage improves perceived stress and coping skills. It also helps decrease heart rate, anxiety, and cortisol levels.” Source Healthline.
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To book in for reflexology session to help you with this issue then please use the online booking form below the informational videos. If you would like to speak with us first or require an appointment within 24 hours, then feel free to text Karen, your MAR reflexologist on 07757 946023.
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