Tension, cervicogenic, migraine headaches

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What is it?
To further analyse what type of headache you might be experiencing (tension, cervicogenic, migraine?), click here.

 

Cervicogenic headache:
Triggered and/or aggravated by specific neck movements or poor posture, and originates from the neck.

Tension headache:
Commonly described by many as “a tight band of pain around my head like a head band”, and aggravated from tight muscles.

Migraine headache:
Often accompanied with nausea, vomiting, sensitivity to light and noise. Migraines may come from dysfunction of the muscles and nerves around the head and neck.

Majority of these headaches are caused by previous neck trauma, cervical joint dysfunction, sustained neck postures (eg: sitting in front of a computer) or repetitive neck and shoulder motions. This can increase joint irritation and muscle tension in the neck, upper back and scalp, causing your head to ache.

 

What can be done?
Chiropractic care involves reducing joint irritation and muscle tension through chiropractic adjustments. It is an effective approach as compared to over-the-counter medication which only masks the pain without addressing the root of the problem. Physiotherapy helps to strengthen certain muscles around the neck and shoulder, as muscle imbalances can aggravate the pain. We also use Denneroll in our clinic to improve neck or midback postures that contribute to the problem.

 

Can this be prevented?
Understanding the cause of the headache will go a long way in preventing the headaches from occurring again. If it’s coming from the joints in the neck, the muscles surrounding the head and shoulder, or the nerves around the head, we can individualise treatment to address such things. 

 

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