Migraines are a complex condition with a wide variety of symptoms. For many people, the main feature is a painful headache. Other symptoms include disturbed vision, sensitivity to light, sound and smells, feeling sick and vomiting. Migraine attacks can be very frightening and may result in you having to lie still for several hours.
A tension-type headache is the most common type of headache and the one most people would consider a normal, everyday headache. It may feel like a constant ache that affects both sides of the head. You may also feel the neck muscles tighten and a feeling of pressure behind the eyes.
A tension headache normally won't be severe enough to prevent you from doing everyday activities. It can last from 30 minutes to several hours, even last for several days. About 2 or 3 in every 100 adults experience tension-type headaches more than 15 times a month for at least three months in a row. This is known as having chronic tension-type headaches.
Nowadays, headaches are very common and cause substantial pain. So if you are suffering from headaches you are not alone!. Headache is probably the most common problem seen in clinical practice by health care professionals, with tension-type, cervicogenic headache, and migraine as the most common forms.
WHO SUFFERS FROM TENSION HEADACHES?
Most people are likely to have experienced a tension headache at some point. They can develop at any age but are more common in teenagers and adults. Women tend to suffer from them more commonly than men.
HOW CAN WE HELP?
At the Back2normal clinic, we can help with tension headaches. There is evidence that therapy on treatment on the neck, posture, or jaw can have a positive effect on your symptoms.
If you have any questions or would like to make an appointment then please contact us or book online.
Cericogenic Headaches or Dizziness
Cervicogenic headaches most commonly appear at the base of the skull but they can radiate to the top of the head and behind the eye on either or both sides. The headaches can be accompanied by neck pain and stiffness. Sometimes the neck symptoms start before the headache manifests itself. With chronic or recurrent headaches, you may start to experience shoulder or arm symptoms including aching, heaviness or diffuse pain. Pain is often associated with neck movement or sustained neck postures such as driving or desk work. Overhead work is most likely to aggravate symptoms. In addition to the pain you may experience lightheadedness, dizziness, nausea or tinnitus (ringing or dullness in the ears). If you experience any of these symptoms you should seek the care and guidance of a healthcare professional.
WHEN TO SEEK MEDICAL HELP (8)
There's usually no need to see your GP if you only get occasional headaches. However, see your GP if you get headaches several times a week or your headaches are severe.
Your GP will ask questions about your headaches, family history, diet and lifestyle to help diagnose the type of headache you have.
You should seek immediate medical advice for headaches that:
· come on suddenly and are unlike anything you've had before
· are accompanied by a very stiff neck, fever, nausea, vomiting and confusion
· follow an accident, especially if it involved a blow to your head
· are accompanied by weakness, numbness, slurred speech or confusion
These symptoms suggest there could be a more serious problem, which may require further investigation and emergency treatment.
Manual therapy has been shown to help cervicogenic headaches. A combination of treatment and addressing the cause by methods such as strengthening will achieve the best results. If you are struggling with cervicogenic headaches, call us today at Back2normal or book an appointment online!