A migraine is usually a severe head ache that produces an intense focused pain.

Pain anywhere in the body is nearly always associated with inflammation and this is the case with migraines. There is some sort of inflammation in the brain.

This low grade inflammation in the brain associated with migraine causes the inner workings to have a type of uncontrolled nervous activity.

Sufferers must try to reduce the inflammation, in general way with lifestyle changes and diet and more direct ways with medication and exercise.

In so doing there will be a reduction in migraine frequency and intensity as well as additional health benefits.

Inflammation associated with migraine will be reduced with gentle exercise and if you not do much exercise then start and gradually increase it. Do something you enjoy.

Breathing is also thought to reduced migraine frequency and pain by inducing relaxation.

Slowly breathing into your stomach and slow breathing out, say ten breaths,  five times a day. Tedious until you see the benefits.

Get to know your migraine by keeping a diary that will help you understand the triggers.

Become an expert on migraines, the internet of course is full of very useful information.

There are probably some easy changes in lifestyle you can make.

Osteopathy is good at improving blood supply and reducing inflammation and is great for treating headaches.

Osteopathy often works very well for reducing migraine frequency.


This is something that we, at Ellerslie Osteopaths often have to discuss with our patients and clients. Breathing properly is a good promoter of heeling on many levels.

Breathing, how hard can it be? Well lots of people could breath better.

Diaphragm breathing into the stomach and abdomen is the best way to go.

Diaphragm breathing is less effort, it helps return blood from the legs to the heart, it improves the function of the gut and reproductive organs helping blood flow through these organs.

Diaphragm breathing also helps calm the nervous system.

Breath, breath well.

Shoulder Pain

The shoulder joint is complicated because the shoulder allows such a big range of movement and has to do some very heavy tasks that often need a good deal of dexterity. There are a lot of muscles that have to coordinate quite precisely to move the joint.

We use our shoulder joint a lot.

Shoulder pain has the reputation of being hard to treat.

This is not necessarily the case though it usually takes longer than most other sites around the body that are inclined to get sore.

As with most other things in life it is better to get the shoulder pain seen to as soon as you can see that it is not going to self heel after a short time.

Given time a neurological pattern sets in,  new normal is established and this makes it harder to get the area in question back to a pain free, free moving state.

Treating all the components of the shoulder, neck arm and forearm gets the best result.

Come and see an Osteopath. Ellerslie Osteopaths, good at shoulder pain.

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