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Headaches

Can Chiropractic Help?

If you are unsure about your headaches, please contact the clinic or your general practitioner to book an appointment.  

 

We always work in conjunction with other therapies and medications in order to find the right balance for you.

Different types of headaches?

 

Yes, you read that right.  There are a number of different types of headaches that people can suffer from.  The 3 most common types are cervicogenic, tension-type and migraines.  There are other more unique/rare types, and if you are unsure of what headache type you have please call and we can discuss your case.

 

Cervicogenic Headaches

Cervicogenic headaches are those which are caused by the joints and muscles in the shoulders, neck and head.  Because there are a few areas involved in these headaches, a few different orthopaedic tests will need to be completed in order to pin-point the exact location and cause of your headaches.

 

People often describe their headaches as being one sided, and as dull or throbbing in nature.  The pain often gets worse with certain positions and can often be reproduced by the chiropractor during the exam.  The pain can last anywhere from a few minutes to 24 hours.  There can be some factors which predispose you to cervicogenic headaches including poor posture, a reduction in neck movement, and muscular tension or trigger points.

 

Tension-Type Headaches

Tension-type headaches are the most common type of headaches, affecting one third of the population, and are actually responsible for around 65% of all headaches. 

People often describe the pain as a pressure or tightness around the head.  “A tight band”, “pressure”, or “like someone is squeezing my head” are common phrases that a chiropractor is likely to hear from someone with tension-type headaches.  Muscles in the neck and shoulders also tend to be tight and often feel quite hard when examined.

 

Migraines

Migraines come in different shapes and sizes, and each sufferer often describes slightly different symptoms.  Migraines are usually diagnosed around adolescence, and often run in families. 

 

Typically, a migraine starts with blurred vision, or a change in vision, (called an ‘aura)’ before the actual pain is felt.  Pain is often one sided, and associated with sensitivity to light and noise.  The pain is often pulsating, and people often report nausea and/or vomiting.  The pain can last 4-72 hours.  People also regularly report that certain foods can cause a migraine (chocolate and red wine are two examples).

 

Treatment

 

Treatment will vary and depends on the cause of your headaches.  The chiropractor at Dubbo Spine Centre will use different methods of treatment based on the cause of your condition, and of course your preference.  Treatments are usually focused on the neck, head, shoulder and upper back region depending, of course, of the cause of your headaches.  Care usually involves some soft-tissue/massage-type work, and some gentle chiropractic manipulations to the areas of concern.  You will also get some exercises and stretches in order to help get you better faster.  Don’t worry, they are very simple and easy!

 

 

 

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