Chiropractic Condition Adelaide
Headaches & Migraines
Whether your headaches occur occasionally or frequently, you are not alone and don’t have to suffer in silence. It has been estimated that around 7 million Australians experience tension-type headaches.
There are many different types of headaches, with different causes. It is important to work out what type of headache you have to be able to recommend the best care.
At Trowse Chiropractic Adeliade we take the time to do a thorough history and examination to find out what is causing your discomfort, so we can recommend the most suitable care.
You can experience headaches in many different ways. Most commonly it is pain or discomfort in the head, scalp or neck. It can feel dull, aching or throbbing or can feel like a tightness or pressure. The pain can stay in the one spot, or can move around.
You may be experiencing the following:
- Dull, aching or throbbing pain
- Pain that can vary from mild to excruciating
- Feeling of tightness or pressure
- Tender and tight muscles
- Trouble concentrating and difficulty sleeping
- Jaw pain or jaw tightness
It is important to know that a sudden onset (within seconds or minutes) of extremely intense pain that you have never had before, headache with fever, vomiting and stiff neck or headache with blurred vision, difficulty speaking or weak limbs may be very serious and it is important to seek medical attention right away.
The key to helping you feel better is to discover the underlying cause of your headaches. Headaches can be caused by your head (including your jaw), neck or other areas of your spine, or they can be as a result of another condition (like sinusitis or dehydration).
The cause of your headache will produce different symptoms; e.g. the type, intensity, location and frequency of your pain.
One of the most common causes of headaches is poor posture and spinal dysfunction. We often see this in teenagers and office workers who spend a lot of time sitting.
Common causes of headaches:
- Dysfunction in the spine
- Whiplash from a car accident or fall
- Poor posture (e.g. people who sit during work or school)
- “Text Neck” – too much time looking down at a device
- Referral pain from the teeth and jaw
- Stress, particularly emotional stress
- Side effects from medications or drugs (e.g. Alcohol or caffeine)
What May Happen If You Don't Do Anything?
If you are a regular sufferer of headaches, it is likely that your headache will subside in time, usually minutes to hours, but may return depending on the cause and factors that caused it.
If your headaches are a result of poor spinal function, it is likely that the headaches may continue to return if nothing is done to improve the function or reduce the aggravating factors.
Regular headaches can interfere with your life; affecting daily living, sleep and ability to concentrate, especially at work.
How Trowse Chiropractic Can Help?
We understand that living with regular headaches can be very frustrating and annoying, affecting your quality of life. We strive to improve the function of your spine and body using natural, non-invasive techniques.
To provide the best care suitable for you it is important for us to discover what type of headache/s you have, to do this we will complete a thorough examination and history.
We will then discuss what we have found, answer any of your questions and explain the best way for us to help you.