A migraine is usually a moderate or severe headache felt as a throbbing pain on 1 side of the head. Many people also have symptoms such as feeling sick, being sick and increased sensitivity to light or sound.
Migraine is a common health condition, affecting around 1 in every 5 women and around 1 in every 15 men. They usually begin in early adulthood.
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 happens 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 does not 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.
Causes of Migraines
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.
Around half of all people who experience migraines also have a close relative with the condition, suggesting that genes may play a role.
Some people find migraine attacks are associated with certain triggers, which can include:
- starting their period
- certain foods or drinks
How can Reflexology help?
There’s no cure for migraines, but a number of treatments are available to help reduce the symptoms. The most common treatment is through painkillers, but in some cases they are not sufficient and stronger medicines are required. Reflexology can help to reduce or completely remove the symptoms, and more importantly, detox the body from the the toxin traces left by the medicinal treatment.
By Annarosa Petrucci