Being a practitioner of the energetic arts, I have my own particular way of identifying migraines. What people refer to as migraines are sometimes migraines and other times, they are migraine like headaches, that are more vascular in nature.
A true migraine involves something called the visual cortex. The visual cortex is in the occipital lobe of the primary cerebral cortex, which is in the most posterior region of the brain. It appears to me as a cylinder within a cylinder, each one rotating in a different direction. When a migraine occurs or a migraine pattern, the cylinders in the visual cortex will not spin. They will usually have ropes or string bound around them that impede movement. These strings will often be connected to other areas of the body, which by referring to the Body Map that I use in my work, will give other clues as to some of the possible underlying connections. The task here is to work with the energy to “remove” the strings causing restriction and to get the “cylinders” moving again.
All true migraines appear in this fashion to me.
Occasionally someone will have chronic headaches that do not present in this energetic pattern. Instead they present in a different area of the brain, an area called The Circle of Willis. The Circle of Willis is the joining area of several arteries at the bottom (inferior) side of the brain. At the Circle of Willis, the internal carotid arteries branch into smaller arteries that supply oxygenated blood to over 80% of the cerebrum. I see this presenting as almost a “ring of fire” type visual, which I have come to learn represent the area of these arteries. When this presents itself, this is not a true migraine, but instead is something that involves the vascular system. This type of “headache” will often have blood pressure issues present and possibly the history of strokes or stroke like occurrences. When this type of pattern presents itself, I always refer clients to make an appointment with their health care provider to explore this further.