Headache and Migraine relief

Headaches are one of the most common health complaints in the UK. They are painful and debilitating for individuals.

There are two types of headache:

Primary headaches: when there is no underlying health problem. The most common primary headache disorders are tension-type headache and migraine.

Secondary headaches: when there is an underlying disorder and include headaches associated with medication overuse, giant cell arteritis, raised intracranial pressure and infection.
Tension headache is thought to be the most common headache. It is usually associated with stress, high alcohol consumption, poor sleep, depression and dehydration. This headache feels like a dull ache with constant band-like pressure around the front, top and sides of the head.

Migraine is a common disabling primary headache disorder. It is characterised by sever pounding pain on-top or behind the eye. It can be associated with nausea, vomiting, sensitivity to light and sounds, changes in appetite, mood and libido.

Most people treat their migraines successfully with over-the-counter medication or stronger migraine-specific medication that is only available on prescription.

There is some research evidence which supports the effectiveness of manipulation/ mobilisation and nutritional therapy in treating migraine.

Medication overuse headache is found in patients that suffer from daily headaches and becomes increasingly unresponsive to pain killers. Patients will also notice worsening of the headache symptoms if the medication are missed or delayed.

Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) dysfunction affects the joint between the base of the skull and the lower jaw and muscles of mastication.

Headaches are one of the symptoms of temporomandibular joint disorders.

Giant cell arteritis (temporal arteritis). Giant cell arteritis (GCA) is a condition in which medium and large arteries, usually in the head and neck, become inflamed. It usually affects adults over 60 years old.

Giant cell arteritis should be regarded as a medical emergency and you should contact your GP immediately if you suddenly develop:

a severe headache
jaw pain when eating
blurred or double vision
a sore scalp

Most headaches are relatively easy to treat with life style changes and pharmacological medications.

If headaches or migraine are affecting your quality of life then please call our Chiropractic clinic to arrange an initial examination on (01245) 358 742.


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