HEADACHES & MIGRAINE:
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Headaches & Migraine

Headaches and Migraine Treatment

Headaches and migraine must be handled with care as they can be caused by a wide range of factors. We conduct a detailed and searching case-history to identify the potential root causes of your headache, and rule out suspected causes that may require a GP or hospital referral for further investigation.

In the majority of cases headaches and migraine are caused by tension or strain in the muscles and joints of the base of the skull and jaw, neck, shoulders and upper back. We gently work and massage the tight muscles and seek to loosen and realign the joints affected. We offer tailored advice on exercise and lifestyle changes and guidance on your posture when at work or driving.

Headaches and Migraine Symptoms

Tension Headaches

  • Generalised pain in head and neck, or around one or both eyes
  • Pain at the front or back of the head and neck – like a tight-band
  • Muscle tightness or soreness at back of neck
  • Associated shoulder and mid-back tension, stiffness and/or pain
  • Symptoms often increasing as the working day progresses, may be relieved at rest

Migraine

  • Can be preceded by symptoms of visual disturbance – e.g. flashing lights
  • One-sided pulsing pain in the head
  • Dull or severe pain often beginning in the morning
  • Feeling of sickness and sensitivity to light and sound
  • May be accompanied by symptoms of nausea, vomiting, vertigo and visual disturbances
Exercise Videos

We have selected the exercises we most frequently advise our patients to do and turned them into short video clips.

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Top Tips to Manage/Avoid Headaches and Migraine

  • 1.Check your posture, especially when sitting at a desk or in front of a screen
  • 2.Never spend more than two hours at your desk – get up and move to avoid ‘computer hump’
  • 3.Take breaks between repetitive tasks
  • 4.Adjust car seats and take time to stretch on long car and plane journeys
  • 5.Check the quality of your pillow
  • 6.Avoid using a computer or watching TV half an hour before retiring to bed. Consider relaxation / visualisation exercises before sleep
  • 7.Have a daily routine of neck and shoulder exercises to keep your neck and upper back relaxed
  • 8.Aim to walk half an hour or more a day, especially in the fresh air
  • 9.Avoid (excessive) use of alcohol and tobacco especially late at night
  • 10.Drink 8 to 10 small glasses of water throughout the day
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