It was Migraine Awareness Week 1 – 7th September 2013. Migraine affects over eight million people in the United Kingdom making it more prevalent than diabetes, epilepsy and asthma combined. The World Health Organisation recognises migraine as one of the most disabling lifetime conditions yet awareness and understanding is low.
So for all you migraine sufferers out there, here’s some tips to manage the condition:
1. Keep a food diary
You need to find out if there are any major food triggers so think about any correlations between foods and when you suffer an attack.
Cheese, chocolate, caffeine are all common food triggers as are canned, processed and cured foods. Look out for other foods high in tyramine such as onions, pickles, avocados, raisins and nuts as tyramine is believed to be linked to migraines.
2. Eat regularly
Eating at least every 4 hours ensures you are keeping your blood glucose levels stable. Choose lean proteins and a variety of coloured fruits and vegetables to prevent your body having to work harder at insulin control and to prevent putting on weight. Keeping hydrated is also important.
3. Get checked for Food intolerances and allergies
85% had their symptoms reduced when their food triggers were discovered and avoided according to Migraine Actions’s survey of 100 people who suffered attacks.
Food supplements taken with a main meal can also help. Feverfew, Magnesium, Riboflavin and Coenzyme Q10 can be recommended on an individual basis.
4. Avoid environmental triggers
Bright or flickering lights, smoky, loud or very hot or cold rooms can all be triggers. Getting fresh air and gentle exercise by walking outside and breathing exercises can help.
Daily meditation has also been reported to help reduce the need for pain relief according to the Michigan Headache and Neurological Institute.
5. Complementary Therapies, especially Indian Head Massage & Reflexology
As the cause can be due to working long hours with a lack of proper rest and nourishing food, Massage and Reflexology can help to deeply relax you, reduce all your tension which aids sleep and improves your mood and general sense of well being. You are giving your body the time, space and a physical boost to heal itself.
Working on your posture eliminates neck originating migraines. Do some neck loosening exercises twice every day or attend a yoga class to stretch out all those tight muscles.
I hope this has helped. Do get in touch for more information on how we can help.
Rebecca, Relax Rebalance, Reflexology, Indian Head Massage & Reiki. Call me on 07738 716585
Christine, Love My Health, Food Sensitivity and Allergy Testing. Call Christine on 01628 821166