Headache and Migraine

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Headache and Migraine

Headaches are one of the most common health complaints and reasons why people take painkillers.  There are a range of different types of headaches with varied causes and symptoms.  Many types of headache have no known exact cause but may be as a result of certain triggers.  Triggers include stress, hormonal changes, diet, dehydration and sleep problems.  Cancerous brain tumors are unlikely to be the cause of a headache and are usually identified following seizures and personality changes.

Types of headache

  1. ŸTension headaches can be brought on by stress, anxiety, depression, excessive alcohol consumption, low blood    sugar, sleep deprivation      and dehydration.  They are characterized by a dull ache around the head.
  2. ŸCluster headaches occur in groups over a month or two and cause intense pain around one eye.
  3. ŸMigraines are a throbbing headache with accompanying symptoms of nausea, dizziness and visual disturbance.
  4. ŸConcussion is caused by a trauma to the head and results in a headache, dizziness and visual disturbance sometimes following a       brief loss of consciousness.
  5. ŸCold, flu or allergic reactions can lead to headaches as the ears nose and throat become congested or sufferers experience some dehydration.
  6. ŸHormone headaches occur during pregnancy or at certain times in a woman’s monthly cycle.

Treating headache

Headache due to a head trauma must be carefully monitored to ensure that a bleed in the brain has not taken place.  For other headaches, painkillers such as ibuprofen or paracetemol can help manage the pain.  Migraine sufferers often need to sleep or rest in a darkened room in order to recover.  Headaches brought on by a cold, excessive drinking or hormones will often disappear once the underlying cause has gone.

Chiropractic treatment for headaches and migraine

Tension in the back can contribute to both the frequency and severity of headaches and migraine.  It is therefore possible to ease some of the symptoms and reduce pain by addressing back problems.  A chiropractor can help by increasing movement and releasing stress across the neck and back through a series of manual adjustments to the alignment of the back.  Deep tissue massage can also help, not only to increase mobility in the back but to improve the blood flow and movement of other fluids in tense and stiff areas of the neck or back.  Many chiropractors report their patients have experienced reduced severity and frequency of headaches or migraines following a course of chiropractic treatment.


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