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        A migraine is usually a moderate or severe headache felt as a throbbing pain on one side of the head. There are several types of migraine, including:

        • migraine with aura – where there are specific warning signs just before the migraine begins, such as seeing flashing lights
        • migraine without aura – the most common type, where the migraine occurs without the specific warning signs
        • migraine aura without headache, also known as silent migraine – where an aura or other migraine symptoms are experienced, but a headache doesn’t develop.

        Some people have migraines frequently, up to several times a week. Other people only have a migraine occasionally. It’s possible for years to pass between migraine attacks.

        What causes a migraine?

        The exact cause of migraines is unknown, although they’re thought to be the result of temporary changes in the chemicals, nerves and blood vessels in the brain. Some people find migraine attacks are associated with certain triggers including hormonal, emotional, physical, dietary, environmental and medicinal factors. These can include things such as starting your period, stress, tiredness, certain food and drinks and over-training or tightness in muscles.

        Symptoms for Migraines include but are not limited to:

        • Pain on one side or both sides of your head.Pain that feels throbbing or pulsing.
        • Sensitivity to light, sounds, and sometimes smells and touch.
        • Nausea and vomiting.
        • Blurred vision.
        • Light-headedness, sometimes followed by fainting

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        Our therapist will spend the initial part of your treatment discussing your lifestyle and habits as well as gather information about your daily activities. This will allow us to determine the best plan of action to help relieve the tension you are feeling. Since many tension migraine headaches are accompanied by neck pain, headache sufferers find that manual therapies such as massage offer relief from headache pain and related symptoms. Massage therapy aim to relax tense muscles, relieve muscle spasms, improve blood flow and aid relaxation. When muscle tension eases, there is less pressure on the nerves and blood vessels that supply them. Oxygen-rich blood circulation improves, which also relieves pain. Massage therapy not only helps the muscles of the body to relax but also effectively reduces the anxiety and mental stress that can cause or exacerbate migraines. Regular, ongoing massage therapy can also help to minimise migraines by helping to reduce overall stress and the muscle tension that can trigger headache pain and by helping to maintain emotional balance.

        If you have any further questions you are welcome to contact us or simply book an appointment and we can get you on the road too recovery.