Migraines most often present as a one sided headache of moderate to severe intensity, as is often described as being of a throbbing or pulsating sensation.

In contrast to headaches however, migraines usually involve other symptoms such as nausea, visual changes or sensory changes, which can be just as severe.

Treatment/ Management

How you can help manage your migraines:
Listen to your body – the most important thing is to try to read the signals your body is sending you. If you recognize the signals of an approaching headache don’t just ignore them. Take time out from what you are doing, even if only for a few minutes and try to relax your body. When you are relaxed there is less pressure on the blood vessels and the aim is to prevent these from constricting. You may also try to ease the tension around your neck by stretching. All sufferers tend to have different strategies for dealing with migraines. Some of these strategies are:

  • Laying down in a dark and quiet room

  • Sleeping

  • Cold or warm cloth on the forehead of back of neck

  • Heat such as a hot towel or warm bath

  • Brisk walk in fresh air


How Myotherapy can help:

  • Soft tissue techniques – massage can reduce muscle tension in head and neck, it also helps encourage normal circulation.

  • Dry needling – stimulating trigger points may ease pain by encouraging production of endorphins (natural pain killers)

  • Exercise prescription – the prescription of a home/work based stretching exercise program can help reduce tension in the head and neck.

  • Referral – Appropriate referral if symptoms persist