Headaches & Migraines
Headaches are generally regarded as the symptom in the body with the greatest number of possible causes. Chiropractors treat the types of headaches that come from mechanical causes, not the ones caused by blood pressure, diseases or drugs.
Symptoms & Causes
Most people describe a tension headache as a feeling of a tight band or dull ache around the head or behind the eyes. The single most common causes of tension headaches are mechanical problems in the neck. Just about everyone suffers with an occasional headache and these can vary from a severe pain to a dull ache that may be either short-lived or may go on for weeks.
The causes of headaches can be just as varied as their symptoms. Common causes are side-effects from medication, tightness in the neck muscles, low blood sugars, dental/jaw problems, high blood pressure, stress and fatigue.
However, the most common type, seen every day at the Wilmslow clinic, are those headaches and pains that are referred to the head from the neck, also known as cervicogenic headaches. Fortunately, contrary to belief, very few headaches have serious underlying causes.
Chiropractic Care for Headaches
The majority of headache sufferers we accept for treatment in our clinic appear to respond very well and research has shown that chiropractic adjustments are very effective for treating tension/ cervicogenic headaches - those headaches that originate from the neck.
At the Wilmslow clinic, we recognise that each individual's case is different and therefore we will take a detailed medical history, conduct a thorough orthopaedic and neurological examination and fully explain the underlying problem before recommending the most effective treatment.
In most cases of stress/tension headaches, significant improvement is accomplished through very gentle, highly specific chiropractic adjustment of the relevant cervical vertebrae, along with trigger point work, diet and lifestyle advice.
Hormonal Headaches & Migraines
Unfortunately, some causes of headaches do not respond to chiropractic treatment. For purely hormonal migraines that are linked to a definite monthly cycle, we recommend referral to other specialists who can hopefully help.
If in doubt, please email or telephone to discuss your particular symptoms.
There are many different types of migraine which includes classical, common, cluster, abdominal, and even migraine without a headache. Most migraines have more than one cause. In our experience they usually have about five factors that combine to cause the symptoms.
Fortunately we find in-house that many migraines can be influenced and respond well to treatment and advice. Clinical trials have proven that chiropractic treatment can be highly effective for treating migraines.
For further information, to book an appointment or to speak with a member of our team, please call 01625 531164.