Headaches & Chiropractic Care
Unfortunately headaches are common occurrence for hundreds of Australians each and every day causing pain and medication reliance.
Recent studies have shown that approximately 47% of the global population suffer from one or more forms of headaches.
Our chiropractors believe that accurate diagnosis of the headache is key to management and treatment. The most common headaches observed are tension, cervicogenic (neck) and migraine (Bryans et al. Evidence-Based Guidelines for the Chiropractic of Adults With Headache. NUOHS 2011).
Tension headaches are the most commonly suffered & can present as a dull constant ache or tightness. They are also often accompanied by neck and shoulder tightness. Common triggers are poor posture, stress, anxiety, poor spinal function and excessive clenching. Chiropractors aim to address postural issues via restoring spinal function in combination with at home exercises & posture techniques to decrease triggers for tension headaches.
Migraine headaches are usually throbbing in nature and can be accompanied by visual disturbances, nausea, vomiting and sensitivity to sight, smell and sound. Migraines can be triggered by dehydration, certain foods, hormones, sleep, stress and medications. Frequent chiropractic care has been shown to decrease the frequency and duration of migraines suffered (Bryans et al. Evidence-Based Guidelines for the Chiropractic of Adults With Headache. NUOHS 2011).
Cervicogenic headache is simply a headache that originates from your neck. For example joints, disc, muscles and ligaments are some of many possible causes.They can be caused by poor posture, stress, whiplash, poor lifting technique, poor ergonomics and trauma. Chiropractic care addresses the underlying cause in your neck by restoring function instead of masking the symptoms.
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