Complementary Therapists Logo
FaceBook Logo

Complementary Therapists > Medical Conditions > Migraine


What is Migraine?

Migraine is a very painful type of headache that may last for extended periods of time, sometimes for days. In the build up to, and during, an attack of migraine may include other symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, sensitivity to light and noises, tingling sensations in the limbs, blind spots, and optical flashing. Migraine headaches may result from an expansion of blood vessels and the release of nerve fibre chemicals. An artery in the head expands which prompts a further release of chemicals that generate inflammation and pain. Women are more likely to suffer from this medical condition than men.

What Causes Migraine?

Migraine is a neurological condition of which the cause is not fully known. It is believed to be largely caused by unusual activity in the receptors and ion cells of the nerve cells.

This abnormal activity impacts upon the way the brain processes typical information such as sound, light and pain. The levels of serotonin in the brain have been observed to rise at the beginning of a migraine attack.

In turn this affects the electrical patterns in the brain and blood vessels. Experts still do not know what all of this happens but they are getting nearer to the so-called Migraine Generator.

Genetics are also known to be involved and 60% of migraine sufferers have a parent that also suffered and in the majority of cases this will be the mother.

Migraine Triggers

Migraine triggers do not cause migraine but they can be the cause of migraine attacks. Different triggers affect different migraine sufferers and the list of suspected triggers is very long. In a lot of cases it can be a combination of factors that trigger an attack.

Hormonal Triggers

Changes in the body's own hormones can start a migraine attack. Hormonal changes that occur during puberty, pregnancy, taking of birth control pills, menopause, and hormone replacement therapy. In 60% of female migraine sufferers have attacks just before or during menstruation.

Changes to Daily Routine

Migraine sufferers should try to keep to a balanced and regular daily routine. Going to bed at the same time, rising at the same time, and eating at regular intervals throughout the day are all important. Do not skip meals and try to get the same amount of sleep every day.

Weather Conditions

Changes in meteorological conditions can trigger migraine attacks particularly if the barometric conditions fall quickly. Rising barometric pressure, changes in temperature, excessive humidity, and even walking into a strong wind can all trigger an attack.

DIET®ary and Food Triggers

Certain foods have long been identified as possible trigger of migraine attacks. Foods that high in tyramine such as aged cheese and some deli meats are prime suspects in causing very bad migraine headaches. Other well-known food culprits include alcohol, caffeine, Chinese takeaways and other foods that contain monosodium glutamate (MSG), soy beans, broad bean pods, bananas, and citrus fruits.

Some environmental issues such as perfumes, fresh paint, and cigarette smoke may trigger migraine attacks.

Migraine Symptoms

The symptoms of a migraine attack may begin with the aura even before the headache begins. With aura other symptoms such as changes in the senses; taste, smell, hearing, touch, and vision, may occur. Visual aura is the most frequent and may involve blurring of the vision, flashing lights, and strange patterns.

When the migraine headache arrive, beginning as an ache and develops into very painful throbbing, it is usually confined to one side of the head but may affect both sides. In some sufferers the pain can move from one side to the other during an attack. Commonly migraine sufferers will have two to four attacks per month, although more frequent attacks may occur.

The headache may be accompanied by one or more of the following: a sensitivity to light, sounds, smells, or movement; nausea; vomiting; abdominal pain; diarrhoea; poor appetite; feelings of cold or warmth; tiredness; and dizziness.

Migraine Phases

Migraine attacks can be broken down into three phases:

Pre-Headache Phase

The pre-headache phase can begin up to a full day before the attack. Some sufferers experience euphoria, irritability, tiredness, diarrhoea, or thirst or food cravings.

Headache Phase

The migraine headache is usually on one side of the head and may last from a few hours to three days. Symptoms include:
throbbing pain with nausea and/or vomiting, sensitivity to light, sound, smell, and movement

Post-headache Phase

The post-headache phase may last from a few hours to a few days. After a migraine headache dissipates, many patients have reported feelings of exhaustion, lethargy, weakness, or even a sense of euphoria.

How to Prevent Migraine Headaches?

To prevent migraine attacks it is important to be aware of what are the triggers for attacks and to adapt your lifestyle to minimise the trigger points and instances. The following tips and advice will help prevent attacks of migraine:

  • Adopt a regular sleeping routine. Avoid too little or too much sleep and remove any possible disturbances that might interfere with your night's sleep.
  • Keep your alcohol consumption to a minimum and avoid red wine and beer.
  • Keep your stress levels low by practising relaxation techniques. Yoga and Pilates are useful in this regard.
  • Reduce exposure to stimuli such as flashing or strobe lighting. Wear sunglasses in bright sunlight. Avoid strong scents and odours.
  • Caffeine has long been associated with migraine headaches so do not drink coffee or drinks with caffeine.
  • Unless it is absolutely necessary for other reasons avoid any form of hormonal treatments.
  • Take regular exercise to reduce stress but do not engage in sudden or very strenuous exercise as this can actually trigger a migraine attack. Brisk walking is an excellent form of exercise for migraine sufferers.
  • Finally keep a personal migraine headache diary. Different migraine suffers have different and varied triggers so in order to help you to recognise patterns and to take evasion measures is it important to keep a diary of what you eat and your experiences. After a number of migraine attacks you should be able to detect, isolate, and eliminate common factors or patterns in the lead up to your headaches.

    How to Cure Migraine

    There is no known cure for migraine. Scientists do not fully understand the causes of migraine so therefore they cannot cure it. There are medications available to help control the symptoms but they do not cure the underlying conditions. As outlined above there are a number of measures that sufferers can take to minimise the incidences of the attacks. Many migraine sufferers turn to complementary or alternative therapies.

    If you are a regular sufferer of migraine and have not been able to achieve long term relief there are a range of complementary and alternative treatments Reiki, Kinesiology, CranioSacral, and Aromatherapy available. If you have tried conventional methods without finding a migraine cure there are a number of complementary therapists listed on this site that may have the solution to your pain difficulties.


    The material and information contained on this site is for educational purposes only. This information should not be interpreted as any form of medical advice. If you are experiencing any medical or health difficulties please consult with your doctor.

    Medical Conditions - Acne - AnxIET®y - Back Pain - Depression - Fatigue - Frozen Shoulder
    Hay Fever - Headache - Lymphoedema - Migraine - Sleep Problems - Stress

    Are you a Complementary or Alternative Therapist? Get your Exclusive Top Ten Listing

    Holistic Practice / Attract More Clients - Holistic Online Marketing

    Stress Treatment Roscommon Kinesiology Howth
    Complementary therapist Roscommon Food Intolerance Testing Roscommon Bio Energy Roscomon
    Feng Shui Meath Back Pain Treatment Roscommon Reiki Roscommon
    Bio Energy Kildare Indian Head Massage Therapist Reiki Newbridge
    Reiki Stoneybatter Smithfield Holistic Healing Therapist Cork Complementary Therapist Cavan
    Holistic Therapist Dublin 2 Waterford Integrated Energy Therapist Galway Complementary Therapist
    Fertility Reflexology Kildare EFT Limerick EFT Courses
    Holistic Therapist Cork Holistic Therapist Kildare Fertility Acupuncture Kildare
    EFT Dublin 4 Reiki North Kildare IET® Dublin 4
    Energy Healer Kildare Complementary Therapist Kilcock Reiki Kilcock
    Reiki Dublin 6 Cosmetic Acupuncture Dublin 3 Reiki Practitioner Galway
    Stress Treatment Mayo Reiki Cork Stress Treatment Galway
    Fertiliy Massage Kildare Emotional Freedom Technique Dublin Body Healing Dublin
    Access Bars Dunboyne Beauty & Colour Therapy Raheny / Donaghmede Therapy Rooms Newbridge
    Back Pain Treatment Galway Bio Energy Healing Therapist Galway Back Pain Treatment Mayo
    Pilates Dublin 5 Massage Therapist Dunboyne Holistic Beauty Treatments Dublin
    Food Intolerance Testing Mayo Reflexology Sligo Osteopath Dublin 2
    Reiki South Dublin Ireland's Leading Psychic Life Coach South Dublin
    Yoga Classes Dublin 5 Bio Energy Therapist Mayo Reflexology Limerick
    Japanese Massage Equine Reiki Spiritual Healing Intuitive
    Bio Energy Therapist Cork Food Intolerance Testing Galway Reiki Dublin 3
    Bio Energy Healing Galway Counsellor & Psychotherapist Meath Hypnotherapy Dublin
    EFT Master Practitioner Course Complementary Therapist North County Dublin Reiki Cavan
    Reiki Raheny / Donaghmede Complementary Therapist Dun Laoghaire Osteopath Drumcondra
    Reiki Meath Reiki Dublin 22 Reiki Kildare
    Complementary Therapist Swords Reflexology Dublin Reiki Bray
    Bio Energy Therapist Westport Louth Reiki Acupuncture Clontarf
    Reiki Dublin South Bio Energy Healing Mayo Counsellor Psychotherapist Navan
    Reiki Westport Kildare Manual Lymph Drainage Access Bars Dublin
    Bio Energy Therapist Dublin Reiki Dublin Reiki Dublin 7
    Reiki Maynooth Weight Loss Alternatives Dublin Reflexology Dublin 6
    Ear Candling South Dublin Homeopath Galway Physical Therapy Dublin
    Kildare Reflexology Indian Head Massage Galway Angel Shop
    Massage Templeogue Healer Dublin Angel Card Reader Dublin
    Reiki Galway Galway / Mayo Holistic Therapist Reiki Mayo
    Sports Massage Swords Reiki Limerick Ear Candling Bray
    Ear Candling Maynooth Reiki Clare Kildare Reflexologist
    Energy Healing Dublin Reflexologist Swords Kinesiology Dunboyne
    Online Angel Shop Access Consciousness Indian Head Massage Cavan
    Reiki Course Limerick Reiki Dunboyne Reiki Course Co. Clare
    Massage Raheny / Donaghmede Access Bars Raheny Donaghmede

    Access Consciousness Ireland - Acupuncture Ireland - Alexander Technique Ireland - Amatsu Ireland
    Aromatherapy Ireland - Ayurvedic Kansa Vatki Foot Massage Ireland - Bach Flower Remedies Ireland
    Bio Energy Healing Ireland - Biofeedback Therapy Ireland - Bowen Technique Ireland - Chiropractic Ireland
    Colonic Irrigation Ireland - Counselling Ireland - Craniosacral Therapy Ireland - DIET®ary Therapy Ireland
    Homeopathy Ireland - Hopi Ear Candling Ireland - Indian Head Massage Ireland - Iridology Ireland
    Kinesiology Ireland - Manual Lymph Drainage Ireland - Massage Ireland - Meditation Ireland
    Naturopathy Ireland - Neuromuscular Therapy Ireland - Osteopathy Ireland - Pilates Ireland
    Psychotherapy Ireland - Reflexology Ireland - Reiki Ireland - Rolfing Ireland - Seichem Ireland
    Shiatsu Ireland - Access Bars Depression - Access Bars Stress

    Reiki Workshops - Learn Reiki - Reiki 2 Workshop - Advanced Reiki Workshop
    Medical Conditions - Allergy Testing - Food Testing - Complementary Medicine
    Alternative Therapists - About Us - Contact Us - Terms & Conditions - Site Map

    © 2010-2021 Ireland. All rights reserved