October 2020: On the Treatment Table

September 29 2020

Helping to ease migraine pain

ITS recently been Migraine Awareness Week so I thought it would be good to reflect on a common condition that we see at our clinics.  Migraines can be hugely debilitating and in the UK it is estimated that 6 million people suffer with them. The symptoms associated with a migraine vary hugely, which can make them more challenging to diagnose, commonly this can include vomiting, dizziness and visual disturbances. Whilst the symptoms vary, it’s important to note that there is a big difference between a migraine and a tension-type headache that most of us will have experienced. Migraines are much more intense and can cause severe pain. Understanding the difference will help with the steps that can be taken to manage and pre-empt migraines.

As a chiropractor, I often see patients who present with symptoms of a migraine before they see their GP. Prolonged tension in the back, shoulders, neck and jaw can easily cause head pain, but some simple steps can be taken to lower your risk of developing symptoms:

Exercising regularly, at least three times a week at moderate intensity can reduce the frequency and intensity of migraines for some people. 

Sleep plays a huge role in how we feel, so try to aim for eight hours regularly, at the same time each night, and avoid screens for about an hour before bedtime. Cutting out caffeinated drinks in the afternoon and evening may also help with your quality of sleep.

Taking regular breaks if you work in front of a screen is also essential. If you suffer with migraines. This is even more relevant now during the Covid pandemic, as many people are working from home using their laptops at their kitchen table or on their laps on the sofa!  it’s important to let your HR manager know, as they can help provide help to support you.

Its often a good idea to keep a migraine diary to help you keep track of when you suffer a migraine and your symptoms, which could help you identify your triggers and build steps to manage them. The Migraine Trust has some great tips on this. 

There are many effective therapies which chiropractors and other health professionals can offer in isolation, or alongside pharmacological therapies that are offered through a GP. The most important thing is finding a form of treatment that works for you

In the meantime, take care of yourselves, your family and friends, keep exercising safely to stay well physically and mentally. You can call us on 0117 961 2060, find us on Facebook or email enquiries@actionpotential.org.uk to book. We provide chiropractic, physiotherapy, sports massage and podiatry treatments and Pilates at Kingswood Health Centre and Hengrove Park Leisure Centre.