Migraines – not the end of the world, and yes there is help

M I G R A I N E S :

Head Splitting Migraine

Big Subject, mostly idiopathic, tons of home remedies, lots of scary pharmaceuticals. I CAN HELP!

Body Balancing Massage THERAPY can release an ongoing migraine and help you learn to control them.

Ok so first things first. What is a migraine?

“There is no condition of such magnitude – yet so shrouded in myth, misinformation, and mistreatment – as migraine. Thanks to MRF’s efforts, there is increased recognition of migraine as a widespread and disabling disease that needs more research funding.”

– Joel Saper, MD, Medical Advisory Board Chair

Migraine is the 3rd most prevalent and 6th most disabling disease in the world. It’s not just a bad headache!

Migraine is an extremely incapacitating collection of neurological symptoms. Everyone either knows someone who suffers from migraine or struggles with migraine themselves. Astonishingly, we still don’t know what causes migraine. It’s poorly understood, frequently undiagnosed, and woefully undertreated”  Migraine Research Foundation

“Migraine is a common disabling primary headache disorder. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO) in the Global Burden of Disease Survey 2010, migraine was ranked as the third most prevalent disorder and seventh-highest specific cause of disability worldwide. It’s high prevalence impacts significantly on the personal and socio-economic.” PFO Research Foundation

“Migraine headache is a result of specific changes within the brain. It causes severe head pain that is often accompanied by sensitivity to light, sound, or smells.” MedicineNet

I don;t know about you but that wasn’t particularly great information – What i got was that despite the fact that a large part of the population suffers from them they really don’t know what causes migraines. “Idiopathic” So you go to your trusty physicians and see what he/she can do to help you. So what kind of migraine do you have?

three major categories of headache based upon the source of the pain

  1. primary headaches;
  2. secondary headaches; and
  3. cranial neuralgias, facial pain, and other headaches

Migraines without Visual aura?, Migraines  with Visual Aura, Retinal Migraines, Menstrual migraines, ocular migraines, not to be mistaken with cluster headaches or tension headaches. (Oy,this is giving me a headache reading this)

No one seems to actually KNOW what causes them though. This is probably due in part because it is a multifaceted problem. Which requires a multifaceted solution!

So, once you are actually diagnosed, what are you choices?

Well, there is BOTOX.  and (key dramatic music)……. The pharma List,….. but in my experience with the list from my clients, they work then they don’t. If you get one while you on the drug more is not going to help.

Don’t get me wrong, there are some who get on one of the drugs on “The Pharma List” and never have a problem again. Those people are not looking here for help. You are looking here because all that has failed to work or you need help.

So,……. enter,……..(Key superhero theme music)            MEDICAL MASSAGE ! ! !

Is it a cure? Nope! THere ARE no cures for anything. The body is a dynamic creation and will continue to change as long as you are breathing! A cure assumes static, non changing status.

WHat Medical massage has to offer is identifying YOUR migraine muscular/habit pattern. Most every migraine sufferer feels their migraines start in virtually the same place and then it grows. But it usually starts in other places before you ever become aware of it.

I look for MTrP’s (Myofascial Trigger Points). The readers digest version of a Trigger point is that the problem is in one place and the pain in another. So the problem can be one of the x’s in the photo and the pain manifests in the red stippled zone. An MTrP as pictured here can be caused by a number of factors. Not the least of which is 1 or more other muscles.

I look to your habits and posture. YES, bad posture can set you up for a habit of migraines! I observe  your breathing patterns. Shallow breathing patterns can set a pattern in motion and/or contribute to it. It can also carry or incite secondary symptoms such as vertigo. As well has hold on to the migraine pattern making it insanely difficult for even the best pharma has to relieve your migraine.

Lymph pathways can become restricted by tight musculature, MTrP’s, posture and breathing patterns and in turn can contribute to those building blacks as well. Lymph blockage can mean that “the sewer system in your head” is backed up! If that wouldn’t give you a migraine, nothing will.

IS this going to cure a migraine? as i said NO!,.. but it can and does release a current one,.. learn your pattern of creating them,.. take down the chronic muscular patterns that contribute heavily to your Migraine patterns and recurrence. My goal is to put you in control of your migraines or at least know how to stop them BEFORE they manifest…and if nothing else know where you can go to get a migraine released rather than suffer for days,..repeatedly!


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