Headaches and migraines | Dee Why Chiropractic Care

When you experience a headache or migraine all you want is to get out of pain as soon as possible. Headaches have been referred to as the “the most common complaint in humanity” as it affects two thirds of the population.

Headaches are largely attributed to lifestyle factors, referral from neck joints and poor posture; this is where chiropractic can help.

Migraines are sometimes mistaken as severe headaches however they differ in origin.

Common symptoms of headaches:

  • Pain around the temples 
  • Pain may be experienced across both sides of the forehead or localised to one side
  • Pain at the base of the skull or behind the eyes
  • Pain aggravated by prolonged sitting or stress
  • Headache accompanied by neck and/or shoulder pain
  • Pain is more commonly described as having an achy nature, however could be throbbing, sharp/pinpoint or pounding
  • Episodes can last minutes to days

Common causes of headaches:

  • Poor posture
  • Referral from joint in the cervical spine (neck) and surrounding musculature
  • History of neck trauma such as whiplash
  • Prolonged slouching
  • Excessive bending or twisting of the neck
  • Working at a computer
  • Stress

Common Symptoms of Migraines:

  • Eye Pain
  • Sensitivity to Light or Sound
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Severe pain which is usually localised to one side of the head, with the headache being described as "pounding"

Common causes of migraines:

  • Hormonal Changes in women
  • Triggers such as certain foods, alcohol and caffeine
  • Stress
  • Sensory Stimuli and loud sounds
  • Changes in Wake/Sleep Patterns
  • Physical Exertion
  • Changes in Environment

At Dee Why Chiropractic Care we complete a full medical history and examination to hone in on the exact cause of your symptoms. If we conclude that the source of you pain is from the neck/shoulder region or related to poor posture this is where chiropractic can help!

If this sounds like something that relates to your current condition don’t hesitate to call us.

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