There are 4 main patterns of pain related to headaches
You’re holding the back of your head in a vain attempt to alleviate the pain located there. Learn more about Occipital Headaches.
Instinctively, you’re clutching your brow trying to soothe the throbbing pain above your eyes. Learn more about Frontal Headaches.
Rubbing your temples is a natural response to the pain in the sides of your head but the headache doesn’t go away. Learn more about Temporal Headaches.
Your face hurts and not from laughing too hard. This is an uncommon pattern of headache and can be very painful. Learn more about Facial Pain.
Gold Coast Headache Specialist
Crippling headaches and migraines have a dramatic effect on a person’s day-to-day life, disrupting their concentration and hindering their capacity to perform their daily responsibilities. For many sufferers, their quest to find a successful treatment method has remained elusive. As a renowned Gold Coast headache specialist, our evidence-based chiropractic treatment methods have been helping to relieve and eliminate headaches experienced by countless numbers of patients. For many years, our team has been treating headaches, migraines and its related symptoms, such as neck pain and dizziness.
What Causes Headaches?
Like every pain that we experience, a headache is the body’s way of notifying us that something is not functioning as it should be. There are many causes for headaches and people will often choose to take a Panadol, rather than seek out, identify and treat the underlying cause of the pain. Such behaviour is problematic for a number of reasons. Firstly, the pain relief only lasts for a limited time, prompting you to take more, once the effect has worn off. Secondly, pain relievers, like any medication, can have dangerous side effects if taken liberally. And thirdly, your headaches may be the result of a more serious condition and using medication to quash the pain is ultimately making the condition worsen over time.
The most common causes of headaches are:
- Muscle tension (specifically neck and shoulders)
- Temporomandibular Joint Syndrome (TMJ)
- High & Low Blood Sugar Levels
- Dental issues
- Poor posture
- Viral infection
- Dietary deficiency
- Medication (side-effects)
- High blood pressure
- Hormonal imbalance
- Physical trauma (head and neck)
Types of Headaches
Chiropractic therapy is an effective means of treating tension, migraine and sinus headaches.
Migraines – excruciatingly painful, the intensity of a migraine is often debilitating for the sufferer. Migraines are caused by irregular brain activity and develop when the nerves in our brain cause the blood vessels to compress and dilate. Chiropractic therapy for migraines concerns the realignment of the spine, enabling the nerves to operate as normal once more, while helping to ensure that blood flow to the brain and blood vessels is enhanced.
Tension Headache – these headaches are attributed to the tension in our neck and shoulder regions and are often brought about by stress and exhaustion. The muscles tighten and compress to the point that they damage the alignment of the neck or shoulders, creating pressure on the adjacent blood vessels and nerves. Chiropractic therapy alleviates this built-up muscle tension by safely returning the spine to its natural alignment, reducing the pressure on the nerves and blood vessels and soothing the pain.
Sinus Headache – your sinuses are directly influenced by the nerves in your neck and brain. If your neck isn’t correctly aligned, it creates pressure on the adjacent nerves, which manifests as sinus pain. Having your spine corrected, helps alleviate the built-up pressure on the nerves, unblocking the sinuses and relieving the pain.
Chiropractic Headache Treatment
An often ignored cause of headache is in fact due to impaired vertebrae in the neck and upper back region. Any abnormal adjustment to the regular positioning and operation of vertebrae can lead to aggravation of the blood vessels, nerves and muscles that lead to the cranium. This aggravation can result in the commonly occurring throbbing headaches. If when you come in for your consultation it is revealed that that you are suffering from depleted range of motion or other spinal-related limitations, Chiropractic headache treatment should be contemplated.
Our chiropractic treatment for headaches is concerned with the restoration of the vertebra joints and surrounding muscles, through the careful amendment of their positioning, tension and function. Chiropractic therapy can offer quality respite to those who suffer from persistent headaches, without having to resort to potentially hazardous medications.