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Headaches and Migraine

Headaches and brain with barbed wire

Migraines are defined as unilateral - head pain on one side or the other.

Like back and neck pain, most migraines and headaches are not a sign of serious illness.

Many headaches originate from imbalance in the rest of the body. The position of your head is held by small muscles in the neck, designed for short term use, not to hold your head in position for a long time. Poor posture, long hours at a desk or in a car can lead to over use and injury of these muscles. Headaches are caused by the resulting inflammation, impinged nerves and reduced movement. Osteopathy is very effective for this type of headache and studies have shown that massage of the cranial and cervical (head and neck) muscles gives effective relief from chronic tension headaches.

Head and neck pain
Most headaches do not have a single cause:
  • Stress
  • Diet
  • Intolerance
  • Posture
  • Teeth Grinding
  • Pain killer dependency
  • Dehydration
  • Perfumes

are all possible contributors, sometimes it is possible to address one or two to give the body a chance to cope with the rest.

I would recommend that all migraine and chronic head ache sufferers should first seek advice from a GP to rule out any sinister cause. Then, especially for migraine sufferers, I would recommend a dietician, as many migraines are caused by an intolerance to foods such as wheat and dairy, processed foods, alcohol and additives such as glutamate, salt, sugar and caffeine, or lack of vitamins and minerals. Many people think that they have a reasonably balanced diet, but one stir-in sauce can contain an inordinate amount of salt and sugar.