Is Stress contribute to your Headaches and migraines

Uncategorized Apr 02, 2019

Stress stress stress. That's all we hear in regards to headaches and migraines.
Why? Dr. Beth (osteopath) helps reveal the truth and bust some myths about stress. Share with us what it is that you do to help de-stress. Let's help each other and share some ideas!
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How to treat Migraines/Headaches?

Uncategorized Apr 02, 2019

There is often a vital element missed in treatment which means that you are still a headache/migraine waiting to happen 24/7. What is this vital element and what can you do to treat it to get the long term results you are after? Dr Beth (Osteopath) explains all. Comment headache or migraine (whichever describes you best) in the comments box to take the first step to determine the cause of your pain and begin on your journey to living a life without the fear of your next attack.
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Number 1 Top Tip in regards to Headache and Migraines

Uncategorized Apr 02, 2019

What is Dr. Beth's (osteopath) number 1 top tip in regards to headaches and migraines? Tune in to find out! Start on your journey to a life without headaches and migraines today.
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Topiramate - why treat the symptoms when you could treat the cause?

Uncategorized Dec 09, 2018

Migraine is a very common disorder characterized by a headache and associated features with or without the presence of an aura. For many years it has been a poorly understood condition but now we know that the underlying disorder of a migraine is due to brainstem sensitization aka hyperexcitability of the neurons in the brainstem (1). Topiramate, brand name Topamax, is a preventative medication that has been used to treat migraines although it’s original use, and is still commonly used, as an anti-epileptic drug. So why are we using an anti-epileptic medication to treat migraines, how does it help, what do you need to know and could there be a better option?

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I don't want to live a life in pain

Uncategorized Dec 09, 2018

When Eloise Hayford began suffering from migraines at 14 years of age, her mother thought she would grow out of them. But quite quickly Eloise’s mother could see how they were affecting her daughter’s school attendance and performance. Not only that but her mood and motivation dropped. Eloise used to enjoy playing netball with her friends but with migraines attacking her, she wasn’t able to enjoy playing the game she used to love.
Skip forward to Eloise’s university years and the same pattern remained only now the stress of assignments and exams were affecting Eloise…they were making her migraines worse. University was supposed to be a time for enjoyment, exploring, travel and socializing but instead her time was clouded by migraines.

Eloise graduated from university and it was time to enter the work force but even her job choice was affected by her migraines. Stress was clearly a trigger for Eloise so a stressful job would likely set off migraine...

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Frequently asked questions

Uncategorized Nov 19, 2018

I love and encourage questions however, commonly similar ones pop up, so here is a list of the most frequently asked questions and their answers to help you if you have been wondering the same things.
I’ve had my neck treated before so how is the Watson Headache Approach different?
Common manual therapy techniques utilised by osteopaths, physiotherapists and chiropractors are specific for neck pain, not headaches and migraines. The Watson Headache Approach has been designed to specifically treat headaches and migraines and is the only manual therapy technique, with research to support it that addresses the underlying disorder of a migraine, brainstem sensitization.

I’ve tried everything out there, manual therapy, tablets, botox etc. Could this work for me?
Yes. For approximately 80% of people the cause of their headaches and migraines is their neck. Medication just aims for symptomatic relief therefore sometimes it might reduce them but you’re still suffering, it...

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Why is stress a trigger for headaches and migraines?And what you can do to stop it?

Uncategorized Nov 09, 2018
Up to 70% of individuals suffering with migraines report stress as a trigger (1). Whilst stress can be managed and is encouraged, there are certain times when stress enters our lives and it can’t be avoided, making these stressful periods even harder. So why is stress setting off a migraine attack and what can be done to prevent them from occurring?
 
It is a commonly accepted that hormones are a big trigger for headaches and migraines but are the stress hormones the cause or is it another factor of stress that triggers a migraine?

The stress hormones:
The main hormones associated with stress are cortisol and adrenaline. When we are stressed we go into either fight or flight mode however in both modes, cortisol and adrenaline levels are elevated, so are they responsible for setting off a headache/migraine attack? Research indicates that:
  • Migraine sufferers potentially respond to cortisol levels differently than non-migraine sufferers however this does not appear to have...
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5 things doctors don't tell you about headaches and migraines

Uncategorized Oct 04, 2018
The chances are that if you are reading this that either you or someone you know is suffering from ongoing headaches and or migraines, and I am sure that you are frustrated with not having a real solution.
Why does the only answer seem to be drugs or invasive procedures?

So let’s lift the lid on the secrets of the causes and treatments for headaches and migraines to help you get the best possible solution.
 
1) Regardless of whether you feel neck discomfort or pain there is a strong connection between neck dysfunction and headaches and migraines.
Many cases of headache are caused by referred pain from an area away from the actual pain. This is very common phenomenon in the body.  It’s like pain from a heart attack referring to the left arm.

This is a map of the referred pain areas which shows that based on where the pain is located headaches often come from the neck.  If your doctor doesn't know this or does not how to examine the neck precisely - then...
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The deep neck flexors - the pillars of strength of the neck

Uncategorized Aug 13, 2018
Our head weighs approximately the same weight as a light bowling ball (5kgs) and it sits atop our neck which is comprised of 7 cervical vertebra. The vertebra not only have muscles which attach to it that provide stabilization for the neck but these muscles also support the bowling ball of a head we carry around. So who are these muscles? They are the deep neck flexors: longus capitus and longus colli. 
 
The deep neck flexors run down the anterior and antero-lateral surface of your spine to help stabilise your neck and support your head when stationary and in movement. When these muscles get weak however, this leads to things like forward head posture which can lead to dysfunctions in through the upper 3 joints in your neck, leading to headaches and migraines.  
 
When the deep neck flexors are strong, they allow surrounding muscles to work optimally, however when they are weak, the other muscles need to work to support the neck and head and they can get over...
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Let's stop sharing a bed with migraines

Uncategorized Aug 13, 2018
There has been an undeniable connection between headaches/migraines and sleep for decades. Too little an amount of sleep can trigger a headache and yet having a sleep in on a lazy Sunday morning can also set off a migraine. Those with headaches and migraines are at two to eight times’ greater risk of having a sleep disorder than the general public with nearly half of all migraines occurring between 4-9am. Waking first thing in the morning or shortly after you wake is an important sign that sleep may be affecting your headaches. However not only can the quality of your sleep be affecting your headaches/migraines, but also the way in which you sleep.
 
Biological links between sleep and headaches:
Lack of sleep and too much sleep are known to be a trigger for migraines. Disruptions in regular sleeping patterns, such as shift work and jet lag can also be triggers for migraines. Being excessively tired pre or post a migraine is common and it can also be therapeutic during a...
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