Headaches and Migraines
Headaches and Migraines tend to fall on a continuum — where you can occasionally experience mild headaches or on the total other side of the scale, experience severe migraines, often.
What exactly is a headache?
A headache is a pain sensation anywhere in the head. The pain or pressure is often described as dull and can sit around the temples, forehead, side or back of the head. The intensity can vary from light to very strong and can last from a few hours to days. Headaches often come on more gradual and increase in their intensity. Headaches often occur with muscle aches and pains from the shoulders up to the back of the head.
The 2 most common primary headaches are:
Headaches can be triggered by factors like: stress, teeth grinding, TMJ problems, lack of fluids, fatigue, certain foods, alcohol, drugs, low blood sugar, eyestrain, bright lights (Smart Phones), heat and poor posture. Most headaches are tension headaches as a result of muscle tension in the neck and head area. This can lead to a contraction of blood vessels and nerves surrounding your skull – in particular Cranial Nerve 11 – the Accessory Nerve (blog-CranialNerves) which innervates the trapezius shoulder muscle and sternocleidomastoid (SCM) (responsible for movement of the head and neck muscles). If this nerve is not functioning properly than the Traps and SCM are not properly innervated and will lack a proper tonus, causing headaches and stiff necks.
What exactly is a Migraine?
Migraines are a disease of the nervous system, causing neurological symptoms. Migraines can lie on a spectrum ranging from mild to severe to debilitating. Migraines are often on one side of the head, throbbing, pounding or sharp pain and symptoms are often more severe. Migraines are often accompanied by a variety of other symptoms caused by autonomic dysfunction like eg: nausea, blurred vision, aura, sensitivity to noise or light, increased thirst, irritability, difficulty concentrating and digestive problems.
A migraine can last from minutes to hours to days and often ranges from moderate to severe throbbing pain.
Headaches and migraines are mostly treated with over the counter and prescription medicine like painkillers, beta-blockers, anti-inflammatory drugs or prescription medicine to stimulate serotonin, with the aim to reduce inflammation and constricted blood vessels.
Does Craniosacral therapy help with headaches and migraines? Yes. Don’t take it just from me – as an ex-headache/migraine suffer – but there are multiple anecdotal and and scientific studies to prove so as well. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2442042
Craniosacral therapy can have great effects for migraines and headaches that are caused by tension, neck and shoulder problems, jaw problems, sutural immobility in the cranial bones, brainstem injury, trigeminal nerve, nervous system dysfunction. My own personal headaches and migraines came from a strong tension pattern and after a whiplash accident – full blown migraines for months – where – as best as I can describe it - all the Christmas lights in my head were on full blast and flared up, along the nerve pathways in my head. I addressed it with CST and homeopathy (amazing) as nothing else worked.
CST can also address any dysfunctions in the autonomic nervous system, neuro-musculoskeletal level and psycho-emotional level, all of which can be contributing factors to the cause of migraines and headaches. It is however not a quick fix especially if it has been a long-standing pattern and will need a succession of treatments to go through all the layers and adjustments. For such a gentle therapy it does pack a potent punch - CST addresses: