June is Migraine Awareness Month -What are the facts and how do we raise awareness of migraines?

June is Migraine Awareness Month
June is Migraine Awareness Month

June is Migraine Awareness Month – please like and share this Facebook cover on social media! But what are the facts about migraines? Migraine Action , a UK based charity, told us ?

1. One in seven people in the UK suffer from migraine.

2. Two thirds of people who have migraines are women.

3. It affects people of any age including younger children.

4. Migraine costs the UK more than £2 billion per annum.

5. The WHO consider it to be a major cause of disability.

6. An attack can last for between 4 and 72 hours. However other migraine symptoms can last for longer as they can occur before or after the main attack phase.

7. Sufferers experience an around of 13 attacks each year.

8. Other symptoms of a migraine can include:

visual disturbances (flashing lights, blind spots in the vision, zig zag patterns etc).
nausea and / or vomiting.
sensitivity to light, noise and smells
tingling / pins and needles / weakness / numbness in the limbs.

9. At least 60% of sufferers never consult their GP because they mistakenly think that nothing can be done to help them. There are a wide range of effective treatments now available including new products introduced during the past year.

10. Migraine is triggered by a wide variety of factors! For most people there is not just one trigger but a combination of factors which individually can be tolerated but when they all occur together a threshold is passed.

Migraine and Anxiety Treatments – Are Daith Piercings an effective treatment for both? What do you think? Take our poll!

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Are Daith piercings an effective treatment for migraines and anxiety?

Daith Piercing
Daith Piercing

If you had asked me this question 24 hours ago I would look at you in a dazed and confused fashion.

But the subject has been brought up twice yesterday in two of the Facebook pages we run. On one page Kim asked “Has anyone tried a daith piercing for migraines? Has it helped?”

It turns out that a Daith piercing is getting your ear pierced through the ear’s innermost cartilage fold also called the crus of the helix. You know the bobbly bit.

Anyhow it seems that some people are claiming it as a treatment for migraines. You can read an article which was posted on one of our pages here.

In fact you can see a picture of a Daith Piercing via the link.

Anyhow it does seem to me to be a bit of a far fetched claim. It also occurred on the best people to ask were you. You know the wisdom of crowds and all that!

So I’ve set up a quick poll to find out. so please feel free to take part even if you have not had the piercing.

If you would like to share your experiences of getting a Daith Piercing please feel free to use the comments section below.

Bowen Awareness Week – What is Bowen Therapy and have you used it?

Bowen therapy
Bowen therapy
Over the years I have look at a whole range of therapies for various different medical conditions which don’t quite fit into the conventional medical model.

This have ranged from the Paleo diet for multiple sclerosis to the McKenzie Method® for back pain.

According to a press release from Bowen Therapy Professional Association “the Bowen Technique is a drug-free, non-invasive, hands-on therapy which can be administered through light clothing. It has a remarkable record of success in helping clients with a wide range of conditions, including back, neck, shoulder and other acute and chronic muscular pain; stress-related conditions including depression; asthma, hay fever and other respiratory problems; sports injuries, IBS, migraine, fertility, hormonal imbalance and a host of other health issues. It is suitable for people of all ages, from tiny babies with colic to mature clients who suffer from arthritis. There are many personal testimonies of Bowen working when nothing else has helped.

In a typical Bowen treatment, the therapist, using only thumbs and fingers, makes small rolling movements over muscles, tendons and soft tissue at precise points on the body. This subtle but dynamic process releases stress at a very deep level, allowing the body to re-align, address imbalances in functions and chemical composition and , as far as possible, restore homeostasis (physiological equilibrium) within the body. ”

You can check out their web site here http://www.bowen-therapy.co/default.asp

Now as you can see this is quite a list of different conditions which could be treated with Bowen therapy. It is also pretty diverse as well.

So why am I writing this blog. I’m very interesting in hearing if any of my readers have used it and how you have found it. Also if you are a Bowen therapist it would be great to hear what you do and how you do it.

Please feel free to use the comments box below to add anything you think might be of interest to our readers.

Many thanks in advance.