Migraines and Headaches
Migraines and Headaches...eliminating the root cause
Up to one quarter of the population has a migraine headache at some time in their life and about 10 percent have them regularly. They usually start in childhood or adolescence, are at their worst in the 30’s and 40’s and then decline. Very often they run in families. The classic migraine begins with a warming “aura” – flashing lights in one eye, blurring, blind sports, distortion of vision, and tingling of the arms or face. After about 30-60 minutes the headache begins, usually on one side but sometimes all over. It is a pounding, excruciating pain which usually lasts for four to six hours.
The more common “common migraine” may lack the warning symptoms, and the headache may be far longer lasting, although equally awful. The patient can feel irritable or depressed for hours or even days beforehand. But symptoms vary widely – periods of paralysis, dizziness, or even loss of consciousness are all reported.
Attacks may be triggered off by all sorts of thing. Common ones include: food – alcohol in general and red wine in particular, chocolate and caffeine; fasting: stress – strong emotional reactions and fatigue; changes in the weather or altitude; hormonal changes such as those caused by menstruation or taking birth control pills. Slightly more women than men suffer with migraines.
Although the cause is not known by modern medicine , the pain and other symptoms seem to be related to changes in the size of the blood vessels feeding the brain.
Other types of headache: the most fearsome sort are the cluster headaches which happen frequently – daily or several times a week – for weeks or months and then stop for months at a time. They are much more common in men, usually young men. They last for about an hour and the pain is almost exclusively on one side of the head, often around or behind the eye. It is so severe that sufferers often run around in despair and may even commit suicide.
The common “tension headaches” which nearly everyone gets sometimes are caused by involuntary tensing of the face and neck muscles over a long period, usually after concentrating hard or because of stress. The pain is a steady ache, which can last for hours or days, around the back of the head and neck, in the forehead, and around the eyes.
The Health Transformer Approach
In every case of Migraine and Headache has there is an underlying cause…something individual to each person. If at one time you didn’t have these symptoms and now do, obviously something has changed in your system in order that these symptoms have been produced. Migraine and Headache are merely a symptom of the underlying cause. To treat Migraine and Headache effectively and naturally we need to address the cause. In this centre we specialize in root cause diagnosis of any health condition using our state of the art Meta Health Scan.
5 Step Protocol
th Evaluation & Advanced Testing)
2. Detox (Heavy Metals, Chemicals, Hydrocarbons, Bleaches, EMF)
3. Eliminate (Pathogens…virus, post virus, bacteria, parasites, fungi)
4. Rebuild (Tissues & Pathways)
5. Rebalance organs (kidneys, liver, etc.)
The 5 Steps to Restoring Health Protocol had been developed following many years of research and experience and utilizes food, nutritional supplements, herbal and energetic formula
The Meta Health Scan is carried out utilizing the amazing diagnostic ability of Clinical Kinesiology. It is reliable, accurate and reproducible. The scan will reveal the imbalances unique to your body, and how these are affecting you. The scan reveals such issues as endogenous bio-toxicity, nutrient imbalances or deficiencies, sub-clinical infections, allergies and food sensitivities. We also test for organ imbalances, hormone imbalance, and leaky gut. Any abnormality in these areas will easily be picked up during the Health Scan. We also examine your entire lifestyle, sleep quality and any emotional/psychological contributors to your condition.
In-Depth Consultation regarding your results.
Once this information is gathered we offer you an in-depth consultation to discuss your results, during which we discuss what has been revealed by the scan, where and how this has arisen, and how to remove or transform it, and reboot your system. I believe it is very important for each person to understand what has been going on in their body, how the condition has developed, and how to unravel and resolve it naturally. My intention is not just to teach you about your condition, but more importantly to empower you with understanding in order that you are able to take back control of your health.
Individually tailored Treatment Plan
Together we create an individualized tailored treatment plan for you. This may include some or all of there: a gentle detoxification protocol, dietary changes, specific supplements, life style changes, exercise, etc tailored to your specific needs. In the majority of cases treatment can be implemented by you at home without the need for repeated visits to the centre; however Health Coaching and support is built in to this package to assist you through your treatment.
Once on the prescribed treatment, some clients choose to support their system with other therapies toastiest healing. This is not essential but will speed up your progress. These include;
Functional Nutritional Therapy
Aromatherapy Essential Oils
Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT)
Reiki Energy Healing
NLP coaching…and SO much more.
all of which are on offer at this centre.
I am delighted to be able to report that the results our client’s achieve with this approach are outstanding and lasting in the vast majority of cases.
Functional Nutritional Therapy...
The link between food and migraine is well established and in some patients can be completely cleared simply by removing the foods which cause an allergic reaction from their diet. The most commonly troublesome ones are: alcohol, cows’ milk, wheat, chocolate, cheese, citrus fruit, and shellfish.
How they trigger attacks is not clear. It could be that substances in certain foods have a chemical effect and the levels of the enzyme that normally removes them is low. What is known is that food allergies can affect levels of serotonin – a “feel good” compound in the brain – and these are low in migraine sufferers. Fatty acids may also play a part, so reducing animal fats and increasing the amount of fish you eat is a good idea.
To identify the source of an allergic reaction you should go on an elimination diet and then, when you are symptom free, gradually reintroduce foods to see which produce the problem. You should also include in your diet foods which reduce the amount blood cells stick together – vegetable oils, fish oils, garlic and onion.
Certain vitamins and food supplements have been found to be helpful in cases of migraine. Bioflavonoids are compounds found in green plants which help in the treatment of many diseases. One, called quercetin, reduces inflammation and may help to combat the effects of food allergies.
Niacin has the effect of dilating the blood vessels and some studies have found it effective in reducing migraine symptoms. It is not recommended for the treatment of cluster headaches.
Magnesium is involved in blood irregularities found in migraine patients; low levels of magnesium are also linked with a collapse of one of the mitral valves in the heart – a condition found in some migraine patients. Magnesium occurs naturally in wholemeal bread and cereals, many green vegetables, nuts and seafood; it is also available in mineral supplements.
Migraine may be caused externally by the invasion of wind and damp, or internally by blood stasis. There are different sorts of migraines depending on the meridians involved. For instance, pain in the neck is related to the urinary bladder meridian, while pain in the forehead is related to the stomach meridian. Treatment involves avoiding cold and damp and stimulating the relevant meridians. Sometimes herbs are used as well. Many patients claim that this reduces the number of attacks they suffer and for many the migraines completely disappear. Six to eight sessions are usually sufficient to being about a marked improvement.
In considering the treatment of migraine, most physiotherapists will take into account not only the more obvious physical causes, but also physiological ones relating to diet and lifestyle. For instance, if the migraine seems to be triggered by food or drink, this will be the first line of treatment. You may be encouraged to cut down on your intake of, or completely eliminate, certain foods such as caffeine, shellfish, citrus fruits etc. You will also be advised to eat at regular intervals to reduce the risk of hypoglycaemia.
Bearing in mind the link between low levels of certain neuro-transmitters in migraine attacks, the osteopath will try to facilitate the best possible balance in the neural pathways by encouraging spinal relaxation through deep muscle massage, stretching techniques, and manipulation. You may be asked about your work and home environment, as easily overlooked factors such as excessive heat, light, or noise may be contributing to the problem. Sleep patterns will also be considered: migraine may be triggered by too much or too little sleep.
Cranial osteopathy – gentle manipulation of the bones and soft tissues of the skull – can relieve tension caused by traumatic events in the past (including birth trauma), head injury or general muscular tension affecting the head. It can also be used to achieve a balance of hormonal activity. An imbalance of hormones – such as that caused by the onset of puberty or by taking the contraceptive pill or hormone replacement therapy (HRT) – is another major cause of migraine.
Visceral osteopathy works on the abdomen to release underlying tension in structures surrounding organs, to improve local blood supply and gastro-intestinal function. This reduces some of the physical stresses which can lead to migraine.
Emotion al Freedom Technique EFT...
In conjunction with nutritional therapy, EFT has been found to dramatically reduce the pain of migraine and headache instantly. It can also deal with the underlying stress factors which have led to some cases of migraine.
Severe headaches can be a way of avoiding things, according to one hypnotherapist. Whenever the person is threatened or asked to do something they don’t like, an attack is a good, if drastic, way of ducking responsibility. When it has worked successfully once, perhaps by accident, the chances that it will happen again increase. Hypnosis can help people to see the psychological pattern underlying their attacks.
10 percent are triggered by tension and anxiety, perhaps because the sufferer is unable to deal with problems individually and sees them all as being linked and therefore one and the same. Hypnosis enables a sufferer to separate problems and deal with them one at a time. This avoids the build-up of tension and pressure which results in migraine.