Headaches & Migraines
With headaches, first we ascertain the type, location on head it is felt, frequency and severity. Having headaches any more than once a month is too much and signals need for treatment and a review of lifestyle and life expectations and timeframes.
Headaches can be the result of: chronic neck and shoulder tension; substance withdrawal such as caffeine; mental stress; dietary-related such as low blood sugar; dehydration; and in women hormonal fluctuations.
Migraine triggers vary; from food-related triggers such as red wine and chocolate, sleep, menstruation, oral contraceptives, stress, physical exertion, fatigue, excitement, and other emotional factors.
Migraines start as a headache followed by any or all of: depression, irritability, restlessness, visual disturbances (eg aversion to light, blurry vision, migraine aura), nausea and vomiting.
Both headaches and migraines affect the flow of blood in and around the brain.
Aside from dietary steps we discuss with you, treatment consists of Craniosacral Therapy and Remedial Treatment.
With Craniosacral Therapy we work with the head and area of pain. Using only 2 grams or less of pressure we assess cranial bone position and any anomalies felt in movement (NO bone manipulation involved). We assess whether the dysfunction is from within the central nervous system or being influenced by factors outside of this, such as pelvic imbalance or fascial / muscular restriction elsewhere in the body.
In treating headaches and migraines we may be working with your feet, as in the universe and our body, we are all connected.