Headache and Migraine Treatment
Did you know that there are over 300 medically categorised headaches, which are currently managed with medication up to 90% of the time?
Recent research supports that headaches, including cervicogenic, migraine, tension-type headaches and many more, share a common pathway (lower brainstem) to generate such headache.
Manual therapy provided by a trained clinician on the upper neck joints can often alter the pain pathway to reduce headache symptoms significantly.
In many cases, only 4-5 interventions performed by a trained clinician are required to see a significant reduction in headache symptoms.
Headaches are defined as pain arising from the head or upper neck. The pain that we associate with the symptoms of a headache originate from the tissue and structures around the skull and upper neck, and not the brain itself as there are no nerves that give rise to the sensation of pain in the brain.
While not all headaches are the same, they all share one thing in common – they cause frustrating and unwanted pain. Below, The Brisbane Spine Clinic has put together a list of some of the most common headaches and the symptoms associated with them.
Tension headaches are one of the most common types we see at the Brisbane Spine Clinic. Often described as a drawn out, mild to moderate pain feeling like a tight band around your head
Common symptoms include:
- Gradual onset of pain
- Mild to moderate pain at its peak
- Constant pain or pressure affecting the front, top or sides of the head
Tension headaches are considered to be chronic when they are occurring more than 15 days per month. While the symptoms are more or less the same, the pain is almost always present and can negatively impact one’s lifestyle with the following associated symptoms:
- Difficulty Sleeping
- Chronic fatigue
- Difficulty concentrating
- Muscle aching in the neck and upper shoulders
- Mild intolerance to light and noise
Migraines are also a very common disorder we treat at The Brisbane Spine Clinic. A severe and debilitating throbbing headache that is often accompanied by nausea and a strong sensitivity to light and sound. Migraines that are left untreated can have a significant impact on the quality of one’s life.
Common symptoms of a migraine include:
- Moderate to severe pain
- Pain is isolated to one side of the head
- Pain is aggravated by movement
- Strong sensitivity to light and sound
- Disturbed vision
- Nausea or vomiting
Cervicogenic headache is actually a referred pain stemming from the neck. It is considered a secondary headache as it is caused by another physical issue. This type of headache is caused by a disorder of the cervical spine such as disc degeneration, prolapse or facet joint arthritis to name a few.
Those suffering from cervigogenic headaches often have a reduced range of motion in the neck, with pain worsening when pressure is applied to certain positions on the neck.
Other common symptoms associated with a cervicogenic headache include:
- Blurred vision
- Stiff neck
- Poor concentration
Managing a headache is often a balance between a healthy lifestyle and effective non-drug treatments. If you are finding headaches are causing significant disruption to your life, or you need to take medication for your symptoms more than once a week, book an appointment with our trained clinician Mr. Leo Hyun to discuss how manual therapy techniques may be able to provide relief from your symptoms and address the true cause of your headaches.
The use of revolutionary techniques, following the most recent headache research and performed only by a few trained practitioners, can really help to live your life free of headache and migraine.
If you have experienced a headache or a migraine and:
- It has lasted for longer than 3 months
- It has taken several investigations ie. CT, MRI scans with no particular findings for the cause of headache
- Pain medication helps temporarily
We aim to find the cause of your headache and offer the most appropriate treatment plan, which may help ease your pain.
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