Monday, 5 September 2011

Event: Migraine Awareness Week (4-10 September)

Poor migraine sufferers everywhere. You have our sympathies. Migraines are a neurological illness that can often be debilitating and accompanied by other symptoms such as light sensitivity, nausea, vomiting and dizziness. There are known to be around 8 million sufferers in the UK.

In Reflexology, due to the presence of nausea and diarrhoea in some cases of severe migraine, it can be assumed that the cause is related to a disturbance in the gastrointestinal tract. That is why migraines are associated with food allergies and why eliminating certain foods from the diet can bring about some relief. Patients may therefore also suffer with eczema or a skin condition.

If you suffer from frequent headaches or migraines, try stimulating the reflex point for the Ileocecal (il-e-o-see-call) valve* on the foot. This is situated on the right foot, just above the heel on the left hand side. Stimulating the big toe, which is the reflex point to the head and brain, may also help relieve some tension.
*Ileocecal Reflex

This week is Migraine Awareness Week and I was very impressed by the website of The Migraine Trust - full of information and facts and a very cool dimmer switch to adjust the glare of the screen if required. It also gives details of events and seminars that you can become involved with as well as access to an online migraine diary to record your triggers and levels of pain.

Best preventative measures: drink loads of water, keep a food diary and fill your head and lungs with fresh air.

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