Managing migraines

Managing migraines focusses on treatment to help reduce attacks. A comprehensive and individual plan that addresses all key aspects driving musculoskeletal pain not limited to physical therapy but also addresses diet and nutritional therapy and herbal medicine approaches for reducing inflammation and pain

Migraines are a common cause of debility, affecting up to 2 million Australians, with a many going undiagnosed or untreated. Sufferers of migraines report reductions in capacity to work and social activity.

Typically, migraines last for 4-72 hours. It can be preceded by warning symptoms such as nausea, changes in mood, sensitivity to sound or fatigue. The pain is often severe, throbbing and often only on one side of the head.

Migraines can be very painful with some people requiring bed rest until the pain passes

The symptoms of migraines can vary but most commonly include:

  • sensitivity to light, sound, smell and / or touch
  • visual disturbances, such as an aura or temporary loss of sight
  • numbness of the face or hands or feet
  • throbbing, drilling or ice-pick-in-the-head-like pain

Migraines can be triggered by factors such as:

  • Hormonal changes,
  • Food and drinks particularly those containing amines including cheese, red wine, chocolate among others.
  • Too much or too little sleep
  • Stress, fatigue or exercise
  • Changes in temperature
  • Certain chemicals

What we can do

Managing migraines focusses on treatment to help reduce attacks. Treatment areas include avoiding known trigger factors, medication, specific dietary approaches, herbal medicine, structural techniques to reduce tension, relaxation strategies such as yoga or meditation and acupuncture.

A holistic assessment of the individual contributors to migraine pain including:

  • Physical & structural factors
  • Nutritional & biochemical – assessing for increased need of certain nutrients such as magnesium and B2, as well as more individual nutritional support.
  • The role of diet and other potential triggers such as light, sound, chemicals.
  • Inflammatory drivers
  • Pain beliefs as well as the role of sleep and stress

A comprehensive and individual plan that addresses all key aspects driving musculoskeletal pain not limited to physical therapy but also addresses:

  • diet and nutritional therapy
  • herbal medicine approaches for reducing inflammation and pain
  • physical therapy and support as needed
  • medical management as needed on an individual basis
  • A 4-6 week course on the neuroscience of chronic pain, an evidence-based and effective approach for the treatment of chronic pain.