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Headaches – what should I do?

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Headaches can be extremely varied and have various classifications such as: tension headaches, cluster headaches, migraine, and exertion headaches, etc. to name a few. If you suffer from chronic headaches or migraines, you don’t need convincing that they’re one of the most painful, debilitating conditions you could possibly suffer. They happen to be the third most common presentation to musculoskeletal therapists


A frequent and overlooked cause of headaches is the malfunction of spinal segments in the neck and upper back. When bones of the spine lose their normal position or range of motion, sensitive nerves and blood vessels to the head can be affected. When spinal nerves and related tissues are stretched or irritated, they can produce throbbing headaches. Aspirin and medications may cover up these warning signs, but do not correct the underlying structural cause.

If a thorough examination reveals reduced range of motion, loss of normal spinal curves, or mechanical restrictions, chiropractic care should be considered. After a complete examination, you’ll receive a care program designed for your unique spinal problem.

So what can chiropractic do to help headaches?

  • By performing gentle but specific adjustments to the neck and upper back, we restore the normal alignment and function of the vertebrae in the neck, which removes the tension that causes headache and migraine symptoms. As well as removing the tension, the inflammation around the joints, muscles and blood vessels is decreased and the pain fibres begin to be deactivated.
  • Offer advice on posture, ergonomics (work postures), exercises and relaxation techniques. This advice should help to relieve the recurring joint irritation and tension in the muscles of the neck and upper back.
  • Use active release technique, massage and other supporting types of treatments to create a holistic approach to the problem.
  • Provide nutritional advice, recommending a change in diet and perhaps the addition of B complex vitamins. Increasing your water intake is also often a helpful solution to alleviating headache pain.

Headaches do not have to be something that you live with on a day to day basis, so call your therapist at The Physicaltherapy Centre on 02 9922 6116 or visit our clinic at “Walker House”, Level 3, Suite 304, 161 Walker Street in North Sydney, for more information.

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