Migraine and Headaches

Headaches and Migraine is a neurological syndrome which is more common in women than men.  It usually is on one side of the head, it may cause nausea, photophobia and phono-phobia (increased sensitivity to sound) and can last up to 72 hours.

Migraines and headaches affect people in different ways and might be caused by a variety of reasons.

The most common causes of migraines and headaches include:  stress, fatigue, insomnia, alcohol, tiredness, lack of exercise or over exercise, dehydration, bright lights, tension, head trauma/injury, hormonal changes, low blood sugar levels, eye strain, noise, poor lighting, infection, poor posture, food allergy or sensitivity or inherited susceptibility.

Keep a diary of your headaches so that you can establish any reason for them, if you suspect it might be food or allergy related, you will be able to see a pattern building.  This will also be really useful if you see a natural health practitioner, so that you have a detailed history of what is happening to you.  Remember there are hundreds of different ways to experience head pain, so your diary could include details of where you felt the pain and how long it lasted.

Homeopathy looks at finding the cause of the pain, this of course, could be anywhere in the body, the symptom of head pain is just a way for your body to let you know that something is wrong and needs addressing.  It is important to go to the Doctor and optician to have the necessary tests and/or scans to rule out particular problems. Natural health options are not instead of hospital tests, any diagnosis and treatment plan should be discussed with your GP.  Natural health practitioners can help alongside mainstream medicine.  Homeopathy is a safe medicine which works in a different way to other medications so will not affect your current treatment. 

The cause of migraine is usually unknown with the pain thought to be linked to a drop in serotonin in the brain leading to inflammation and dilation of the blood vessels. Homeopathic treatment will initially see a reduction in the frequency of headaches gradually declining over a period of time.   The homeopathic medicine will work gently and deeply to catalyse your body to heal, it is led by your system and works at your pace.

Often your GP will prescribe painkillers to help you cope with the pain.  Homeopathy works by taking into account all of your symptoms along with detailed information about how you react to things, to build a complete picture of you to help identify and address the cause of the symptoms you experience.

There are a few things you can do to help prevent headaches.

Exercise:  whether it be a walk around the office every hour to move your body and stop looking at a computer for a few minutes, or establish a regular routine of at least half an hour of exercise at least twice a week.

Water:  Drink plenty of water, don’t become dehydrated.

Food:  A balanced diet with more fruit and vegetables than carbohydrates and processed food will often help to decrease numbers of headaches.

Yoga and Pilates:  Helping you to stretch and relax while practicing mindfulness and doing breathing exercises can often relieve tension.

Massage or Reflexology:  Directly targeting the stress in your muscles, release the tension and build muscle tone.  Learn how to self massage, or find someone else to take turns in neck and shoulder massage, in between visits to your local natural health practice.

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