IF YOU HAVE EVER HAD A MIGRAINE YOU NEED TO READ THIS
☛ I recently got a message from someone who is suffering from chronic migraines and has been like that for a long time. After seeing doctors and neurologists, all that she got from was advise on what pills 💊 to take. Which may have helped a bit, but in no way have they solved the issue. Now with the migraines, the client is also experiencing neural tension symptoms, such as dizziness, tingling down the arm, etc... Which is not something I would take lightly. However, going based on what I am going to say next, I can build a treatment and work on alleviating those symptoms until I reach the root cause of the migraines - even they may be a consequence of something else, like an imbalance in the alignment of the cervical vertebrae, or the alignment of the bones in the skulls - at this moment of time this is unknown ❓
➡ HOW WOULD I INITIALLY APPROACH THIS - Initially I will go through my normal neural tension assessment, checking to tension in the brachial and cervical plexuses and also checking on whether there is any compression in relation to the vestibular and visual systems. It is very likely that the client will be experiencing problems with balance and co-ordination, so this will be interesting. .
➡ WHERE WILL I TREAT - After I have assessed the neurological pathways, I will use the pads of my fingers to palpate around the neck and some of the facial muscles, in order to try and detect any tightness, or soreness. As we all know, the facial muscles along with the majority of muscles in the neck (especially for this case, the trapezius, SCM, scalenes) are innervated by cranial nerves - the nerves that originate from the brain - so I personally will not be surprised if the dizziness and lack of balance and coordination is caused by trigger points or fascial tightness in those tissues. Talking about the scalenes, we need to remember how important they are in breathing and how many people struggle with them - so the posture of the client will play a huge role in my treatment.
➡ THE PLEXUSES OF THE CERVICAL SPINE - Continues in comments....
omni_body➡ THE PLEXUSES OF THE CERVICAL SPINE - We are talking about the brachial and cervical plexuses. With the brachial containing the biggest nerves in the upper body and the cervical containing one of the most important ones - the PHRENIC nerve. The nerve which innervates the pericardium on its way to the diaphragm - again a connection with breathing - think about how much tension could a compression to the phrenic nerve create and how that will correlate with the breathing capabilities of the individual.
➡ THE MUSCLES THAT WILL GET A TASTE OF MY FINGERS - Just like the video, I will focus initially on the Masseter muscle on either side of the jaw, followed by a scalene release, Sternocleidomastoid soft tissue mobilisation and some nice trapezius trigger points and mobilisation. Now, this is in no a way a pleasant treatment if you are going too hard into the tissue. However, I am a firm believer that if you are patient and skilled enough, you can make any treatment enjoyable, even through the pain. I know that Seb, who is receiving the treatment enjoys when I go a bit firmer, so I am working within his pain threshold. However, this will be entirely different for someone else. Always make sure you assess the client's perception of pain - it will develop with time.