Migraines often begin in childhood, adolescence or early adulthood. According to the Migraine Research Foundation, migraine is the 3rd most prevalent illness in the world and 12-15% of the population, including children, suffer from migraines.

Migraines can cause a throbbing or pulsating sensation on one particular area of the head, or a generalised pain. They usually affect one side more than the other and are often accompanied by nausea, vomiting, blurred vision, light headedness and sensitivity to light and sound. Migraines can often start with or be accompanied with an aura which can be flashing lights, floaters, tingling or numbness on one side of the body usually starting in the face.

There are many triggers associated with migraines including, hormonal changes, medications, changes in wake-sleep pattern, drinks, food / food additives, changes in the environment e.g. cold, sensory stimuli such as bright lights, stress and physical factors, to name a few.

Although we can’t always prevent a migraine such as hormonal migraines without medication, we can certainly help those migraines related to stress, physical factors, sleep and food.

With changes in sleep, food and stress, posture is often affected. We tense our muscles more, begin to slouch, raise our shoulders, are clumsy with movement… and the list goes on. Our sleep then gets affected, stress levels rise even more, and the cycle continues. So what can we do to try and prevent migraines:

  • Ensure adequate hydration throughout the day (however don’t overdo it – this can cause other problems which I’ll leave for another article )
  • Ensure you are getting the right nutrition and eating good wholesome food i.e. try and avoid processed foods which have nasty additives 
  • Ensure 6- 8 hours of restful sleep a night (keep phones, tablets and tv’s out the room and at a minimum before bedtime)
  • Exercise every day even if it’s just a few simple stretches and a light walk to work
  • Lie on the floor EVERY DAY. Give yourselves 5 minutes to just lie down, head relaxed on the floor or if necessary on a small pillow or towel, breathe and switch off
  • If you work by a computer, ensure you have the correct ergonomic set up, and try and stand up and stretch tall at least every hour
  • Decrease stress as much as possible: ask for help where you can
  • Seek professional help from your physio, doctor or other allied health professional

Smile…you never know what a simple smile can do to your day

Larry is a highly skilled physiotherapist who specialises in treating back and neck pain, postural issues and scoliosis. He is certified in Schroth and SEAS methods and through the Egoscue University. Larry has a background in elite gymnastics and springboard diving and also has many years experience in endurance running and triathlons. His specialist knowledge and techniques have seen him appointed as a gymnastics coach and physiotherapist at both the Olympics Games and Special Olympics.

His passion and driving philosophy is about achieving the best outcomes for his patients utilising an amalgam of the latest techniques and theories while recognising there may sometimes be a need for invasive procedures. Where deemed appropriate Larry will then refer to a specialist. To further his holistic understanding and approach, Larry is currently undertaking a Ph.D. in Spinal Deformity and regularly attends and speaks at international conferences and courses and clinics.

Fun fact: Larry is learning how to surf - so be careful next time you go to the beach! Qualifications: B.Sc (Physiotherapy); M.Sc. (Exercise Physiology); Advanced Certificates in Schroth (BSPTS) and Egoscue (PAS) and SEAS Larry is Level II certified (advanced) in the conservative treatment of Scoliosis based on the Schroth method. The training was conducted by Dr Manuel Rigo of the Barcelona School at Scoliosis Rehab Inc in Wisconsin. He has completed his SEAS scoliosis treatment training at ISICO in Milan. Larry has also spent time working with Dr Rigo in the Barcelona clinic. Larry also has advanced certificates in shoulder treatment, posture alignment therapy and acupuncture.