Headaches make up one of the most common conditions that we see at the Fremantle Chiropractor.
- At any given moment, around 15% of Australian’s are taking pain relief medication for a headache!
- and around 90% of us will experience one in our lifetime!
There are many different causes. The most common are:
- Side effects of Medication
- Poor Diet
- Lack of Exercise
- Jaw tension
- Tension in the Muscles/Joints of the Neck & shoulders
- Sinus or Ear issues/infections
- High Blood Pressure
1. Tension Headaches
Tension headaches are a tight band-like pressure around the head.
They can be caused by emotional or physical stress. As well as tension in the muscles of the neck, shoulders & jaw.
Tension headaches are best managed by addressing stress triggers, diet and improving function of the neck joints & muscles (posture, exercise, habits)
2. Cervical (Cervicogenic) Headaches
These headaches come from the neck (‘Cervico’ means originating from Cervical spine/neck)
Approximately 10-18% of headaches are this cause
It can be caused from tension in the neck muscles & joints (from the upper part of the neck & also down into the lower parts near the upper traps/shoulder region)
3. Migraine Headaches
These usually occur on one side of head/around eye & are throbbing in nature
They can have many triggers, their exact cause is unknown – often they can run in families!
Migraines can occur with or without an Aura (symptoms as the migraine builds up)
Aura symptoms can include nausea, vomiting, photophobia (sensitivity to light) & phonophobia (sensitivity to sound).
It is important to distinguish what type of headache you have so you can get the appropriate treatment.
Remember to always seek the advice of your Health professional on your individual case.
Headaches coming from the Neck (Cervicogenic)
Chiropractors are experienced in treating Headaches which originate from the Neck (Cervical Spine).
What symptoms am I feeling?
- Tension around the neck & shoulder muscles (upper traps, suboccipitals, levator scapulae)
- Difficulty turning your head in certain directions (tension in the joints)
- Ache over the front, back or sides (temple area) of your head
- Neck movement/certain postures that cause pain
- Head pain usually the same side as the neck pain
- Pain radiating from the neck into the head
- Tenderness in the upper neck joints when pressed (palpated)
What is the cause of Cervical Headaches?
- Doing too little (Sedentary Lifestyle)
- Repetitive strain (“Doing too little”) E.g. Sitting all day at work (Student, Accountant), Looking up or down all day (Painter, Electrician)
- Repetitive Poor Posture
- Stress or Emotional strain E.g. Anxiety
- Poor sleep quality or quantity E.g. Insomnia, Shift work
- Or a combination of the factors above
What Treatment does the Fremantle Chiropractor give for Cervical Headaches?
Cervicogenic or Cervical headaches can usually be successfully treated with a combination of treatments:
- Manual Therapy of the Joints (spinal adjustments/manipulations or mobilizations)
- Muscle release (Soft tissue therapy)
- Rehabilitation exercises & stretches
- Advice on posture, sleeping position, work/desk ergonomics (setup position)
- Stress Management
Dr. Nicole (Chiropractor) is also a firm believer that prescribing rehabilitation exercises will:
- Prevent the issue from recurring
She will also give you individual advice on:
- How to set up your workspace
- Sleeping position
- Pillow & mattress assessment & advice
- Reducing poor habits with your posture and body
5 Top Tips for Preventing Headaches from the Neck
- Take regular breaks from a seated position
- Increase your daily exercise to at least 30 – 40 mins of moderate level activity
- Increase your water intake
- Add in upper body & neck strengthening exercises into your routine
- Get an appropriate amount of sleep each night (7-9 hours for an adult)
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