My nurse compared migraine management to building a dam to prevent a flood. The nervous system is like a river. During a migraine, a storm produces a flood. When a migraine strikes, the dam holds back the destructive force of the water, and carefully regulates the amount water until the storm subsides. A migraine management dam is built by specific parts. These parts include education, preventive treatments, acute treatments, a healthy diet, good sleep, exercise, and relaxation techniques. All parts are required… otherwise the dam may not be strong enough to withstand the flood.