I'm a Magraine suffer and having a number of client who ask me how to deal with them. So I thought I would put my expereince out there, what I do when I have one, how I prevent them and what I would advise others to do.
How I deal with a migraine;
Stay in a dark, quiet room
Stay cool - use cooling packs on the head and neck to reduce the flow of blood to the head
Use Lavender, peppermint and chamomile.
Suck on Ginger or drink ginger tea.
Drink plenty of water.
What I do to prevent migraines;
Regularly workingout can prevent headaches. It helps the body to release endorphins, the chemical released to fight pain.
Yoga has been shown to not only help with endorphins release, it has also been show to reduce the serverity if they do occur.
Endorphins also reduce stress and help sleep
Sleep aim for 7 - 8 hours per night
Magnesium, as everyone knows I am always on about taking magnesium for your Muscles, it has also been shown in some studies to prevent migraines.
B2 - Riboflavin found in Milk, Cheese, fish and chicken has also been show in studies to prevent migraines.
Avoid your triggers - Possible Red Wine, aged cheese, cured meats, strong odours, high altitudes and even bright lights.
When should you see your doctor;
If your migraine is unusual from your normal migraines
If your migraine lasts long then normal
An abrupt, severe headache like a thunderclap
If you have a fever, stiff neck, mental confusion, seizures, double vision, weakness, numbness or trouble speaking
If the Headache comes after a head injury
A migraine that is worse after coughing, exertion, straining or a sudden movement.
New Headache pain after the age of 50.
Massage and Migraines
Massage is a common method of relieving migraine headaches, can be done by a professional or you can use the follow techniques yourself...
A light massage combined with migraine pressure points may give you the greatest relief. Pressure points or Trigger points are points on the body that, when pressed will lessen the pain in your head. Interestingly the points that help migraines are not the points that hurt the most.
A Pressure point can be pressed and released in slow, rhythmical fashion, this will release congested energy and blood from the head and ease your pain.
Use only the pad of your thumbs or first two fingers - Never the tips.
Keep the pressure light to moderate, depending on how sensitive the points is to touch.
Pressure hard enough so you can feel hardness or tension under the thumb.
If a migraine pressure point hurts so much that you can't take a deep breath, then apply less pressure on that point.
Let your thumb sink into the pressure point as you apply pressure gradually, feel your thumb going gently , gradually deeper and deeper.
While your thumb is as deep as you want to go, massage the pressure point with tiny circular movements.
Keep your thumb on the pressure point until you feel a movement or change, it may feel softer or warmer.
Slowly release the presure point until your thumb leaves the skin
Repeat several times on each point.