Headache & Migraine

Welcome to the latest Shiatsu London Newsletter. It is a time where Zephyrus has blown with the renewal of spring time. We’ve had a cold spell, though and we are all looking forward to warmer weather.

Almost all of us endure headaches at some time. It is a common symptom associated with many illnesses, for example, flu, the common cold, toothache, allergies, hay fever, sinus problem, nose and eye diseases and menstrual irregularities. It comes without specific causes, as well. Headaches alter the circulation of blood in the head due to physical, emotional and dietary causes. About 90% of headaches are caused by tension. A migraine is an extreme, throbbing pain that usually begins on one side of the head but may strike the whole head. The pain can last for hours or days and often doesn’t respond to common painkillers such as aspirin.

From a Shiatsu point of view (which is based on Oriental medicine), digestive imbalances are the cause of headaches and imbalances in the liver and gall bladder channels are the source of migraines. The role of Shiatsu therapy for these conditions is to disperse stagnant Ki (i.e. blocked energy) in the neck and head, particularly on the gall bladder channel to the side of the head, which would be the initial treatment to ease symptoms. Specifically, concentrating on a point at the back of the skull (Gall Bladder 20) would have a strong movement in clearing stagnant Ki from the head.

Gentle fingertip pressure applied to the space between the eyebrows (Yin Tan point) also transfers stagnant Ki and will raise a cloudy mind accompanying a headache.

Overall if headaches are very severe I would recommend to see your GP.

Shiatsu clients can expect to receive relief from headaches and migraines. Shiatsu given at a deeper rooted level provides long term improvements.

What you can do:

Identify and eliminate your headache or migraine triggers.

Try relaxation training to cope with stress.

Make sure you are well hydrated.

Practice deep breathing, which increases oxygen supply to the brain.

Eat five or more portions of fruit and vegetables every day.

Did you know?

Treating headaches with painkillers can, in time, interfere with the body’s natural ability to fight pain.

Wishing you good health this spring!

Doris                    www.shiatsulondon.com            mob: 07941 171725

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