Do you suffer from Migraines?
I was very interested to hear that a physiotherapist friend of mine had a speciality in Migraines. As
a long term sufferer I have had what seems like hundreds of visits to the
doctor over the years. I was told they were probably hormone related and I was even
tested for early menopause in my early 40’s. However, the attacks got frequent (twice a
month), more severe & lasted longer (up to 4 days). Each attack made me despondent, and I
worried that it was affecting my business as I planned my clients (and social
diary) around when I thought attacks were likely to happen, it was becoming a
real inconvenience! Sound familiar?
I booked an initial assessment of Physio and
it was during this appointment that I was told migraines are often blamed on
hormones when they can often be prevented with improved posture. Posture? I was a bit dubious! After all, wouldn’t the doctor
have mentioned this?
However, her comment struck a chord with me. At almost 6
foot I have always slouched or stooped. A throwback from school I suppose, from
failed attempts to hide away and prevent the bullying. Then I started work
in the mid 80’s, one desk job followed another, where it would appear I picked
up some pretty nasty habits. Then there’s my more recent evening habit of
putting my feet up beside me on the sofa. Tut!
“But surely it couldn’t be as easy as adjusting my posture?”
I hear you say!
I was told that I had the worst case of stiffness of the mid
back that was seen that year. That didn’t sound good. But with the combination
of the Physio's magic touch; doing the exercises I was taught; and following her
advice about the equipment I should use at my desk, I have now gone migraine
I’m keen to avoid the migraines returning, so I am being
very careful about my posture, and doing the daily exercises diligently. When you see me next, and you see me slouching… you have my permission to tell me off!
I would love to hear your experiences.