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Migraine…no good huh!

There are so many headache sufferers on the planet, and then there are migraines.  I have them a couple of times a year so I can totally empathise with you if you also experience them.  The exact cause is not fully understood, there being a multitude of aggravating and triggers.
So how are they different to “headaches”?  Migraines are called a vascular headache, that means that the pain is actually caused by blood vessels that open up to quickly and cause that throbbing temple pain.  You may get also nausea, light and sound sensitivity, vomitting, funny spots of flashes in your eys, and there are other less common symptoms that can occur unique to the sufferer.

So if it is a vascular headache,
what is the point of Osteopathy?

That is a great question and an easy one to answer.  Many (not all) migraine sufferers find they succumb to this terrible head pain when vulnerable, such as times of stress, when ultra busy, working longer hours etc.  This can affect your neck and upper back and tighten the muscles in these areas.  So what happens is you feel “blah” because of the neck and upper back making you susceptible to the migraine.  This is definitely what occurs in my case.  If my posture becomes too lazy, my muscles get so tense and then I get the light sensitivity and ultimately a migraine.
So if this story is familiar to you, keep stretching your neck and chest!.  If you are not sure how to do this, come and see us about it.  If you are a migraine sufferer and your headaches are starting to get more severe, see us before you get to that horrible migraine stage!
Hormones can also play a part for women, fluctuations related to their menstrual cycle.  Food, smells, stress, heat/cold & skipping meals are other common triggers.  Some smells are another trigger for my migraines (some perfume& paint off the top of my head-pardon the pun).
Is Migraine common in Children? (sourced from www.headache.com.au)
The exact figures for this have not been extensively researched, but some members of the medical community believe the incidence may be as high as one in ten. More generally, it has been shown that 21% of sufferers in Australia, are under the age of 10 when they have their first attack. Also of interest, is that in this age group- boys suffer as much as girls. With children, an attack may be severe, but will probably last a shorter time than in adults.

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