Headaches & Migraines
Headaches or migraines affect just about everyone at some point. Most of us only experience pain in one part of our head or behind our eyes, some people experience a pounding sensation inside their whole head, and some people even experience nausea, while others do not. More than 10 million people in the UK get headaches.
Did you know that roughly 70% of headaches arise from your neck? These are called ‘cervicogenic headaches’ and are the most common form of headache, followed by tension headaches, migraines, cluster headaches, medication and painkiller headaches and hormone headaches. The majority of headaches are caused by damaged structures around the neck like joints, ligaments, muscles, and cervical discs, all of which have complex nerve endings.
Chiropractors are trained to find, examine, and correct musculoskeletal problems that lead to headaches. Migraine Headaches are the most serious ones of the 3 types as they are intense and throbbing headaches that are often accompanied by pounding headache, nausea, vomiting and light sensitivity. Migraine common forms:
- Migraine with aura – where there are warning signs before the migraine begins, such as seeing flashing lights.
- Migraine – where the migraine occurs without warning signs.
- Silent migraine (aura migraine without headache) – where an aura or other migraine symptoms are experienced, but a headache does not develop.
Chiropractic adjustments are very effective for treating tension headaches, especially headaches that originate in the neck and could help a lot with headaches in a much safer way than drugs. See more information on our blog.