Migraine headaches are caused by having too much blood in the head. 15% of all headaches are Migraine. To determine if a headache is a migraine, test the forehead. The forehead will be warm like a fever. Use ice pack on base of neck, cold pack on forehead. Migraines can be helped with Reflexology, Aromatherapy and Hydrotherapy.

Migraines can be treated with Hydrotherapy.

Method: Fill one container with hot water (36-38 degrees)
Fill second container with cold water (5-14 degrees)

These containers should be deep enough to reach to the knee of the client if possible. First dip the feet in hot water for 5 minutes, then immerse in cold water for 10 – 15 seconds, back in hot water for 5 minutes, back to cold for 10-15 seconds. Don’t touch the legs or feet. Let them dry by themselves. Do a stomping motion to dry. This treatment brings blood from the brain down to the lower extremities. This will relieve the headache.
This method can also be applied using the hands instead of the feet.

Essential oils to be used for Migraine headache include: rosemary, rose oil, and lavender. One or more of these oils can be used in the water or inhaled.

Calcium with Magnesium and Zinc, taken at night will also help migraines. Helps reduce tension, and helps with sleep. Duration and frequency of headaches will be less.

The point between the baby finger and 2nd finger between the bones, close to the wrist, can be massaged. The point directly under the 2nd toe can also be worked for 10 minutes to relieve the pain.

Vitamin B2 is used for migraine headache.

Use a cervical pillow to help prevent headaches.

Some causes of Migraines: Red Wine, Chocolate, High Blood Pressure, Chinooks, Cheese, MSG

Try to find the cause. Track foods for a week.

Use chamomile vapor bath. Put towel over the head, breathe in steam from water mixed with chamomile oil.

* Information excerpted from Calgary College of Holistic Health Swedish Massage Course