Migraines & Headaches
What are Headaches and Migraine?
Headaches are a very common condition that affect most people during their lives. Migraines are more severe and longer lasting, with multiple symptoms. Some people have migraines several times a week, while others experience them rarely or never at all.
All about Migraines & Headaches
The main symptom of a headache is pain in your head or face. There are several types of headaches, and tension headaches are the most common.
A migraine tends to affect one side of the head and feels like a very bad throbbing headache. They often have other symptoms such as:
- A stiff neck
- Visual disturbances such as flashing lights and dizziness. (Visual symptoms should not last longer than an hour.)
They can last between 2 hours and 3 days with tiredness feelings lasting even longer.
Migraine Triggers and Causes
Migraines and headaches can be caused by many factors and are individual to the person suffering. Common causes are:
- Hormonal imbalances
- Flashing lights
- Poor sleep
Doctors can help with specific medications but also recommend lifestyle changes:
- Increase your activity levels and sleep
- Drink plenty of water
- Avoid alcohol and caffeine
Minimising stress and learning how to manage it is very important; exercise can do this very well. Some prefer cardio and others enjoy a mindful approach.
Plus its super helpful to keep a diary and learn what may be triggering your headaches and migraines.
Headache and Migraine Treatment
Watch the PBG information class on Headaches and Migraines then try the QuickFix exercise class to learn how to stretch and mobilise your neck and shoulders to release tension and calm the body and mind.
Free Class: Quick Fix for Migraines & Headaches
Try Mindfulness - we offer mindfulness classes here at PBG, which are a wonderful way to relax and restore your bodies movements.
Exercise is a wonderful way to manage stress and improve sleep, all of which are helpful for Migraine and Headache management.
Contact your emergency healthcare provider if you:
- Have a headache which has suddenly started and is extremely painful
- Have problems speaking or remembering things
- Lose your vision or have blurred or double vision
- Feel drowsy or confused
- Have a seizure or fit
- Cannot move or have weakness in the arms or legs on one side of your body, or one side of your face.
Speak to your GP if you are struggling to control your migraines, or if it is lasting longer than 72 hours.