Hello Brain, Meet Body

Hello Brain, Meet Body

Imagine for a moment you go to see a counsellor… Perhaps you’re struggling with feeling unheard, unappreciated, unnoticed. You long to connect with kindness, to let go of wounding thoughts. You enter their office. The wooden floor glows softly in the afternoon...
Untrain Your Brain Me and Mr Spock

Untrain Your Brain Me and Mr Spock

Mind-Body Techniques and Migraine I’ve written before how being in pain trains your brain to get good at creating pain. Here I want to share with you how you can untrain your brain. And how I was first helped by Mr Spock. In February 2016, I had a wipe-put migraine...
Perfect – the dullest word around

Perfect – the dullest word around

Perfect. Quite a small word. Perfectly formed, you might say. Doesn’t look especially scary. Pretty easy to say. But what does it mean. What is ‘perfect’? “It’s a perfect day”, “That’s a perfect dress”, “That’s a perfect hike”. Say those out loud. How does it make you...
What Are Trigger Points

What Are Trigger Points

What are trigger points? “A highly irritable localised spot of exquisite tenderness in a nodule in a palpable taut band of muscle tissue.” Dr Janet Travell and David G. Simons Let me explain what that means and why you should care. First, a quick bit of physiology....
Weekend Tension Headaches ~ Practice Makes Perfect

Weekend Tension Headaches ~ Practice Makes Perfect

Short of time? Here’s the skip-read version . Put up with yet another niggling headache and you get good at one thing. You get good at getting headache. You successfully train your brain to create pain. Congratulations? Not so much. On the upside, you can re-train...
Men and migraine what you should know

Men and migraine what you should know

What links Elvis, Albert Einstein, Ryan Giggs and Hugh Jackman? All men and all got migraine. But wait, men don’t get migraine, right? You’d be forgiven for thinking that. The focus tends to be towards women. The data shows that women are more likely to get migraines;...