Migraine Awareness Week 2020
Migraine Awareness Week is happening this year from 6-8 September, so what better time to learn a bit more about them and stand in solidarity with all those who are affected by this awful affliction.
Do you suffer from migraines? If you do, we feel your pain and we’re here to help. If you’ve never experienced a migraine you may not be aware of how debilitating they can be. You might also be surprised to learn that it’s the third most common disease in the world (more prevalent than diabetes, epilepsy and asthma combined), affecting one in every seven people.
Doctors and scientists have not yet been able to determine exactly what causes migraines. They can be brought on by a range of different factors including your physical or emotional state; your diet or certain medicines that you’re taking; environmental factors such as light, sounds or smells; and even slight hormonal changes in your body that you may not be aware of. The fact that women’s bodies see a cyclical change in their hormones every month, sadly means that women are much more likely than men to experience migraines.
Gender and hormones aside, some of us might be more genetically predisposed to getting migraines and there is evidence to suggest that they could be hereditary. If you suffer from them, you probably already have an idea of what triggers them for you, but those triggers could be very different for other people. Unfortunately, up to 50% of people who experience migraines do not seek diagnosis or treatment, brushing them off as just a bad headache. It’s not normal to experience frequent headaches, so if you do, please consult your GP.
Neck and shoulder tension caused by poor posture can be a contributing factor in migraines, but thankfully this is something that can be easily rectified. If you’re working from home during these strange times, make sure that your home office setup is adjusted for optimal working conditions. Check out our previous blog post on the subject here.
If medicines aren’t working for you or you’d rather avoid taking them, why not try Acupuncture? There is evidence to suggest that even just 10 sessions of acupuncture spread out over a period of 5-8 weeks can be beneficial in overcoming migraines.
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