Headache

 

Headache can be defined as a painful sensation in any part of the head, ranging from sharp to dull. These days headache are a very common condition that most people will experience in many times. The main symptoms of the headache are a pain in your head or face.  This can be sharp or dull day by day.    It is often accompanied by nausea and sensitivity to light and sound that we generally call ‘Migraine’.

Causes of Headache

  1. Changes in sleep pattern that can also cause cervical problems.

eg.  Muscle spasm around the neck and shoulder area and trigger points (pain on pressing the points)

  1. Skipping meals

  2. Stress

  3. Poor Posture – again long hours sitting in front of laptops (sitting jobs) resulting in muscle spasms and forward head posture.

Half of three quarters of adults aged 18-65 years in the world is suffering from headache, among those 30% or more have reported migraine.

 

Headache affects 1.7-4% of world’s adult population.

 

 

Different type of people experiences different headaches. 

 

  • Sinus Headache-  Due to sinusitis

  • Tension Headache –  Due to stress and postural problem

  • Migraine

  • Cluster Headache

 

You  must have heard people saying ‘my head is blasting’ after long sitting hours in front of laptop, that exist because of problem in cervical spine,  tight musculature.

Common types of headaches:-

 

  • Tension headaches 

  •  Migraine headaches

  • Cluster headaches 

  • Chronic daily headaches

  • Sinus headaches     

  • Brain Tumors

  • Aneurysm

  • Meningitis – a bacterial or viral infection causing inflammation of the brain

  • Neck or brain injury

  • Neck or brain injury

Signs & Symptoms

  • Nausea

  • Vomiting

  •  Pain in eyes when looking into bright lights

     (Photophobia)

 

  • Dizziness

  • Vertigo

  • Tenderness of scalp

  • Tightness sensation in the head

Diagnosing Headaches

 

We will take a full medical history to help diagnose your headaches this is the first and often the most important part of headache diagnosis.

 

We will ask questions about the type of headaches pain you experience including:-

  •  Frequency
  • Severity
  • Location

In addition to medical history we may use advanced diagnostic techniques to identity your pain. This may include:-

  • Erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR),  blood test that can detect inflammation.

  • MRI

  • City Scan

  • Digital subtraction angiography a minimally invasive test that uses X-Ray & Iodine contrast to produce picture of blood vessels to the brain.

  • Spinal tap, to determine bleeding in the brain or the presence of bacterial or fungal infection. 

Treatment

 

The type of headache treatment you need will depend on a lot of things, including the type of headache you get, how often and its cause.

  • Rest and pain relief medication are the main treatment for headaches.

  • Over-the- counter pain relief medication, such as non-steroidal anti –inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs).

  • Prescription pain relief medication.

  • Preventive medication for specific condition, such as migraine.

  •  Cervical Exercise’s

  • Relaxation

  • Massage

  • Postural Exercise

  • Vertebral mobilization

  • Stretching

  • Mobilization

  • Improved range of motion (ROM)

 

Our Treatment

 

  • Body Alignment – C2

  • Occiput release

  • TMJ Correction

  • MFR

  • Trigger point release

  • Postural exercises

  • Stretching

  • Strengthening

  • Relaxation

  • Cranio base release

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