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Older lady receiving facial acupuncture treatment.

Migraines – they can certainly “do your head in”

Older lady receiving facial acupuncture treatment.Migraines are a miserable condition for up to 20% of women and 8% of men in Ireland. They present as a complicated and chronic health condition.

Typical symptoms can include moderate to severe one sided throbbing headaches, nausea and vomiting, with sensitivity to light and sound. Those who experience an Aura experience such problems as visual disturbances, vertigo and fainting or speech and hearing alterations. Migraine triggers include fatigue, stress, hormonal imbalances or even weather changes. Your doctor will help you with a diagnosis and medication prescription. Acupuncture is also an effective way to address and treat this neurological disharmony. Its ability to harmonise the autonomic nervous systems and affect serotonin levels can offer huge relief. The effect of improved circulation also aids the removal of stagnant blood. This can really offer an improved quality of life can migraine sufferers.

Of course for those with mixed headaches where posture alignment, neck stiffness and muscle tension are also factors there is the option of Physiotherapy. The neck or cervical spine area can be the source of not only neck and arm pain but also headaches, dizziness and ear ache. Hands-on techniques for trigger point release and joint mobilisations can compliment treatment and facilitate recovery. Some education and information around trigger factors and posture can further help. The relief of not letting this recurring and distressing disorder control your life is without doubt immeasurable.