Last week was Migraine Awareness Week; seven days dedicated to a neurological condition that affects over eight million people in the UK.
This makes it more prevalent than diabetes, epilepsy and asthma combined.
Migraine is one of the top 20 causes of disability, and the World Health Organisation recognises it as one of the most disabling lifetime conditions.
However, awareness and understanding is low.
Migraine headaches result from a combination of blood vessel enlargement and the release of chemicals from nerve fibres that coil around these blood vessels.
During the headache, an artery enlarges that is located on the outside of the skull just under the skin of the temple (temporal artery).
This causes a release of chemicals that cause inflammation, pain, and further enlargement of the artery.
The Bowen Technique has had some great results with migraine sufferers.
Bowen is a natural, drug-free, non-invasive, complementary therapy that ‘asks’ the body to recognise the ailment and make the changes it requires as opposed to ‘forcing’ the body change.
During the 30-60 minute treatment, the Bowen practitioner makes small, rolling, movements over muscles, tendons, ligaments and soft tissue at precise points on the body, using only the amount of pressure appropriate for that individual.
No hard-tissue manipulation or force is needed or used.
Between each set of moves, the body is allowed to rest for a few minutes, to allow it to absorb the information it has received and initiate the healing process.
One Bowen client said: “I just wanted to let you know how grateful I was for the kindness you showed me when I had a migraine. I slept really well on the night of the treatment and haven’t had a headache since!! Thanks again!”
Another said: “Bowen has helped to reduce the frequency of my migraine headaches.
“I have slept better and feel more relaxed generally.
“I understand the trigger for the headaches and Bowen has helped me to adjust my lifestyle accordingly (preventative measures).”
If you are interested in how Bowen Therapy can help you, visit http://www.bowentherapy.org.uk to find a Bowen therapist near you or call 07713 552 858.