After the headache phase as passed, there can be a ‘hangover’ phase, where the nerves are recovering from the pressure changes. Avoiding known chemical and emotional triggers can help prevent a relapse.
Treatment of migraines involves avoiding the chemical triggers that are individual to everyone, including cheese chocolate red wine perfumes, reducing the emotional impact of stressful situations, and diminishing the stimulation caused by muscular cramps arising from poor posture, decreased muscle tone and insufficient exercise. To stop the migraines from recurring, the blood pressure control system of the brain needs to be strengthened, so that it takes more than one snowflake to start the avalanche. The main culprits of excessive stimulation of the blood pressure system are the small muscles of the first bone of the neck, and the muscles that open and close the jaw. Slouched sitting posture increases the activity of these muscles, which is then reported to the brain; rarely is this over-stimulation perfectly balanced, and a rise in blood pressure is detected. One of the simplest tests to assess your own blood pressure in the brain is to GENTLY press on your eyes, and compare how ‘squashy’ they are. They should feel like a soft-boiled egg. If one is harder than another, or is accompanied by pain, or the pupils are of different diameter, you may have a higher blood pressure on that side of the brain.