We all get headaches from time to time. Sometimes we are only vaguely aware of them whereas other times we are vaguely aware of anything but the headache! We all have different ways of dealing with a headache as usually we have experienced the same headache before.
When should you worry about a headache? We will ask you specific questions regarding your headache to ensure there was not a sinister cause for your headache. If you are concerned as it is the first time you have experienced such an intense headache, one that has worsened over days or are having any unusual symptoms that have started around the same time as your headache or vomiting before the headache started then a visit to your GP would be advised before visiting us.
There are many different types of headaches, the International Headache Society have classified 13 types. Migraines are probably the most well known type as they last for around 3 days and are associated with other symptoms such as nausea or vomiting and aversion to bright lights. An aura may accompany the migraine (vision loss, altered feeling or numbness or problems with speaking). There is usually a trigger such as a particular food, sounds or bright lights.
Other types of headaches are triggered by factors such as stress, poor posture, loud noise, dehydration and withdrawal from substances such as medication or caffeine.
Depending on the type of headache you are presenting with, treatment will vary around working with the muscles and joints around the your neck, the base of your skull and along your back and ribcage. We may examine your jaw to see there is dysfunction in either of the joints there. We would explore the possibility that it could be due to eye strain or you may have even had a throat infection.
Our treatment would be aimed at calming neural connections, reducing muscular tension and restoring homeostatic balance within the body as ultimately a headache may be a symptom of some other dysfunction in the body. If appropriate we will also give practical advice on simple changes you could make to your posture whilst at work or driving which could help.