Anne-Marie Sidaway

I have suffered from Migraines since I was a child, however, in 2012/2013 I started to experience a significant increase in Migraines and headaches. In the past I have tried various forms of medication specifically targeted to reduce and/or prevent the onset of a Migraine, which has either worked to a degree for a short period of time and/or whose side effects left me very debilitated. After consultation with a neurologist, I opted against changing medication yet again and I decided to pursue a different path.

This led me to Lynne Midwinter at Physio & Therapies in spring 2013. I was in a bit of state when I first saw Lynne, having Migraine attacks a few times a month and headaches practically daily. Lynne was extremely thorough in her investigation of my past medical history and Migraine/Headache patterns. Lynne’s approach to my treatment has been very gentle and understanding.

A year down the line, I am now in a much happier place. I do still experience Migraines, although they are not as frequent or as severe. It is months since I last experienced what I call a Migraine where I have to lay down/sleep, if possible, in a dark room for hours. I do still have ‘back up’ Migraine medication which I would only use if the attack is severe, however it is months since I last had to take any medication. I am very pleased with my progress so far and I am so glad I was introduced to Lynne.

As part of my treatment plan, I was introduced to Claire Blomeley, who is a Holistic Therapist. Claire teaches The Alexander technique and has helped me to improve my posture, movement and prevent problems caused by unhelpful habits. The classes have really made me think about how I carry out my everyday tasks in a very different light. In addition I have recently enrolled in 6 week Pilates class which is held at Physio & Therapies by Physiotherapist, Kerensa McKie. The classes are very intimate (3/4 people per session), so you really do feel that you are getting that 1-2-1 service.

Kerensa makes sure you take things at your own pace and as a beginner, I feel very comfortable with that attitude. Lastly, I decided to look at what I’m putting into my body and Lynne recommended I speak to their Nutritional Therapist Elsbeth Hanson. Elsbeth asks you to complete a health questionnaire, which looks at your eating habits. Elsbeth will ask you what specifically you would like help with. In my case it was looking at reducing Migraines/Headaches, having more energy and reducing the amount of coughs and colds I seemed to experience. I had my first appointment 3 months ago and my eating habits have now completely changed. I realise I was eating really badly and missing meals. It’s not like being on a diet; Elsbeth works with you and provides you with suggestions for food swaps. Instead of grabbing a few chocolate biscuits when I’m hungry, I now have a few oat biscuits with hummus. Much healthier and more filling. I’ve also lost weight for the first time in years, without even trying. I would highly recommend Physio & Therapies.

As you can see, I have tried a few of their treatments and I feel that having looked at treating my Migraines from various perspectives has greatly helped my condition. I don’t feel like I am fighting on my own anymore; I feel that I now have a team who are fighting alongside of me. Thank you to all the Team.