Chiropractic Care For Headaches

chiropractic care for headaches

Chiropractic Care For Headaches

According to recent studies, approximately 47% of the global population suffer from one or more forms of headaches. Our chiropractors believe that accurate diagnosis of a headache is key to management and treatment. Chiropractic care for headaches aims to address postural issues via restoring spinal function in combination with at home exercises and posture techniques to decrease triggers for tension headaches.

Frequent chiropractic care has been shown to reduce the frequency and duration of migraines suffered (Bryans et al. Evidence-Based Guidelines for the Chiropractic of Adults With Headache. NUOHS 2011).

Back To Front Chiropractic is your local Brisbane chiropractor. We provide quality chiropractic care for the whole family, from toddlers to adults. Whether you suffer from headaches, arthritis, or sciatica, call 07 3393 2201 today to book an appointment with one of our experienced chiropractors.

 

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Headaches

Unfortunately, headaches are a common occurrence for hundreds of Australians each day causing pain and reliance on medication. In fact, 15% of Australians are taking pain-relieving medication for a headache at any given time*. There are three common types of headaches including tension headaches, cervicogenic (neck) headaches, and migraines. (Bryans et al. Evidence-Based Guidelines for the Chiropractic of Adults With Headache. NUOHS 2011).

Tension – A tension headache is the most common type of headache with recent international studies showing that around 7 million Australians are likely to have tension-type headaches**. A tension headache generally presents as a tight band of pressure around the head.

Cervicogenic – A cervicogenic headache is simply a headache that originates from the neck. For example joints, disc, muscles, and ligaments are some of many possible causes.

Migraine – Migraine headaches are usually throbbing in nature and can be accompanied by visual disturbances, nausea, vomiting and sensitivity to sight, smell and sound.

 

What Causes Headaches?

Most headaches have more than one contributing factor as misalignments of the spine and neck, poor posture and muscle tension can refer pain into the head. However, the cause of a headache varies with the type of headache.

Tension Headaches – Common causes of tension headaches include poor posture, stress, anxiety, poor spinal function, and excessive clenching.

Cervicogenic Headaches – For cervicogenic headaches, common causes can include poor posture, stress, whiplash, poor lifting techniques, poor ergonomics, and trauma.

Migraines – Migraines are often caused by dehydration, certain foods, hormones, oversleeping or lack of sleep, stress, and medications.

 

Do You Suffer From Frequent Headaches?

Headaches can present themselves in a variety of different ways from a constant, dull ache to a sudden onset of severe pain.

Tension headaches generally present as a dull constant ache or feeling of tightness around the head and are often also accompanied by tightness in the neck and shoulders.

Conversely, migraine headaches present as a severe, throbbing pain and are sometimes accompanied by nausea, vomiting, and sensitivity to light. Additionally, migraines may include visual disturbances and numbness in the arms or legs.

Cervicogenic headaches have similar symptoms to migraine headaches and can be hard to distinguish. However, the main difference between the two is that cervicogenic headaches originate from the neck area with pain presenting in the base of the skull as opposed to migraines where the pain is primarily located behind the eyes and forehead region.

 

If you suffer from regular headaches call Back To Front Chiropractic on 07 3393 2201 today and book an appointment with one of our experienced chiropractors.

 

*https://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/health/conditionsandtreatments/headache

**http://headacheaustralia.org.au/types-of-headaches/