Migraines & Headaches
The Headache and Migraine problem
Migraines have their source in the nervous system. The nervous system controls and co-ordinates the body’s movements. Receiving information and impressions from the senses, it relays information to the brain (the centre of the nervous system) which is responsible for our thoughts, personality, movement and behaviour. From the brain information is relayed through the central nervous system by way of the spinal cord out to all other parts of the body.
The brain, composed of various areas, manages different functions within it. At the base of the brain is hypothalamus gland, which is a major nerve centre. Through the pituitary, the hypothalamus controls appetite and thirst, sleep patterns, sexual urges and temperature. The pituitary gland regulates physical growth, puberty and pregnancy and releases powerful endorphins that not only act as powerful painkillers but also as anti-depressants. It is in charge of the entire endocrine (hormone) system with many of its orders coming from the hypothalamus gland.
Part of the endocrine system is the pineal gland, which is connected to mental aptitude and sexual rhythms. This small gland called the seat of the soul by Descartes can be seen as a two-way link between spirit and matter, between the abstract and the relative. This indicates the intimate relationship between how we feel, how we behave, our emotions and our physical state.
The molecules that carry all this information are called neuropeptides and they are found all over the nervous system, but concentrated in the brain area of our emotions. These molecules are the key in our healing response where emotions are involved.
The nervous system is the communication network that links all the various parts of our being together, so any damage or blockage means a collapse in communication between the brain and the relevant parts of the body. A fault in any one part may affect other areas creating blockage or system failure. Such blockages or breakdowns can be represented as strokes, numbness, neuralgia or paralysis depending on the nature of the breakdown or blockage.
There are numerous reasons for headaches. Some may be due to biological imbalances in the body, allergies, fatigue, etc. Headaches are generally the body’s way of saying that we are going too fast, doing too much, overloading the circuit and are out of touch with our inner needs. The blood vessels are constricted, limiting the oxygen supply to the head. This implies an inner tension that is resisting going with the flow and is constricting or holding on inside.
Headaches can be caused by unexpressed feelings such as anger, resentment, frustration, even rage (that build up an create inner pressure); worry, self doubt or fear of failure, creating self-dislike and disconnectedness; pride or arrogance, stubbornness and rigid thinking patterns, where we hold on tight to what we think is right, thus narrowing our views and restricting our sensitivity; a resistance to events or circumstances, making us want to opt out of participation; taking on more than we can chew on or cope with, leading to overwork, stress, and tension between the head and the body (between thought and action); a desire to control, especially combined with a strong will or perfection or equally a feeling of being out of control; excess mental absorption or self centeredness leading to a lack of physical grounding and a lack of contact with the heart and inner feelings; tension and stiffness in the neck and shoulders resulting from poor posture, creating a split between body and mind.
A good idea when you experience headaches frequently is to keep a diary and noting the times and surrounding circumstances, emotional environment and food eaten within a few hours of the headache starting. Describe the headache, its location, duration and severity out of a scale of say ten. Also describe your feelings just prior to the headache starting - say in the preceding two hours. This will greatly assist in tracking and giving a clue as to what is actually going on. A picture will start to develop over time.
Some questions that you can keep in mind whilst keeping your diary, may be the following:
- Are you resisting someone or something?
- Are you focusing all your energy in your head and forgetting your heart?
- Are you trying to be perfect?
- Are trying to do everything without asking for help?
Due to the restriction of the supply of blood to the brain, migraine headaches can last for many hours and include nausea, vomiting and the need for complete rest in a dark room. Physical causes may include such things as allergies to certain foodstuff particularly chocolate, coffee, cheese, red wine or wheat. A restriction in oxygen implies a restriction in the life force, a holding back from full participation, desire to push away what is happening and to completely retreat into yourself. Migraines are often connected to psycho/emotional expectations not being met or a fear of failure.
Some issues that may contribute could be of one or some of the following:
- Attempting to completely repress your feelings, particularly anger and rage, thereby creating a build up of nervous tension and extreme frustration
- A tendency to be a perfectionist or to control, putting self under stress, with a fear of spontaneity or emotional expression
- Strongly repressed sexual feelings, often because of their seemingly uncontrollable nature
- Great expectations and anticipation, creating inner stress
- Unfulfilled plans and deep disappointment, a feeling of being let down
- A fear of being unable to do everything asked of you, or extreme introversion that resists involvement or a fear of being asked to be involved
- Needing to be loved and cared for - a silent cry for attention
As described above, the issue of the diary is very important to help trace its origin. It is important to catch a migraine before it is fully blown and where possible, to normalise the blood vessels in the brain.
Deep relaxation, breath work and/or meditation will help. Energy medicine will also bring rapid relief.
The healing process
Counselling is essential in the healing process and it helps to put into perspective on that which is out of balance, the areas where we have difficulty in receiving or giving, our emotional involvement and our expression of your love.
There is normally a block or a negative event that occurred somewhere in life that must be revisited and a different perspective gained in some way. Once this is done then energetic healing can be performed. Tension levels then usually decline rapidly and normalise to proper levels. Headaches and migraines normally have ancillary legs to them and need to be addressed. The process of healing does take a bit longer than normal minor issues.
Please note that all of the above does not necessarily fit 100% to each and every headache / migraine sufferer, but there are large parts of the above that fits most sufferers. It is up to you to find those and work with it. By doing this, you will find your own healing.
Positive thinking on it’s own will not solve all of your problems, however it is one of a series of things that we all have the power to implement which will get us on the path to leading the life we want.