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Do You Suffer Headaches and/or Migraines?

Can chiropractic help migraines and headaches?

Headaches are an extremely debilitating condition, and sufferers will often reach for pain relief from the symptoms.  The Chiropractic approach is to look for the cause, rather than treat the symptoms only.

Headaches come in many different forms, and may be attributable, but not limited to: spinal misalignments; tension, particularly in the neck and shoulders; dehydration; lack of sleep; substance withdrawal and/or abuse; sinus inflammation; food additives etc.

How Chiropractic helps

Patients usually present to a Chiropractor following trying many forms of treatment in an attempt to cure their various types of headaches. Once a patient begins Chiropractic care the spinal corrections they receive can prevent them suffering different types of headaches in the future.

How does chiropractic do this? Adjustments help align your musculoskeletal structure and remove the tension in your body that can lead to headaches.

Causes of Headaches

Headaches are a sign from your body that all is not well; there is an imbalance that needs to be addressed.

  1. Tension-type headaches: These are often related to stress, anxiety, or muscle tension in the head and neck.
  2. Migraines: A type of headache characterised by severe pain, often accompanied by other symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, and sensitivity to light and sound. Migraines are thought to involve a combination of genetic, environmental, and neurological factors.
  3. Sinus headaches: Caused by inflammation and pressure in the sinus cavities, usually due to a sinus infection or allergies.
  4. Cluster headaches: Severe headaches that occur in clusters, often around the same time each day. The exact cause is unknown, but they are believed to involve abnormal activity in the hypothalamus.
  5. Dehydration: Lack of proper hydration can lead to headaches. It’s important to drink enough water throughout the day.
  6. Eye strain: Prolonged use of digital screens, reading in poor light, or other activities that strain the eyes can cause headaches.
  7. Caffeine withdrawal: Regular consumption of caffeine followed by sudden cessation can trigger headaches.
  8. Lack of sleep: Insufficient or poor-quality sleep can contribute to headaches.
  9. Hormonal changes: Hormonal fluctuations, especially in women during menstruation, pregnancy, or menopause, can be associated with headaches.
  10. Certain foods and additives: Some people may experience headaches due to specific foods or food additives, like MSG (monosodium glutamate) or tyramine.
  11. Weather changes: Rapid changes in weather, such as a drop in barometric pressure, can trigger headaches in some individuals.
  12. Alcohol: Excessive alcohol consumption can lead to headaches, either during intoxication or as a hangover.
  13. Medication overuse: Repeated use of certain medications, especially pain relievers, can lead to rebound headaches.

It’s important to note that headaches can sometimes be a symptom of an underlying medical condition, so if someone experiences persistent or severe headaches, it is advisable to consult with a GP for a medical diagnosis and treatment plan.

Causes of Migraines

The exact cause of migraine headaches is not fully understood, but a number of triggers are believed to contribute to them. These include:

  • hormonal changes (in women)
  • food allergies (e.g. cheese, chocolate, egg, MSG)
  • alcohol
  • sleeping position and sleep apnea
  • stress.

These triggers, particularly stress, can lead to neck, back and shoulder tension, which in turn can lead to a migraine headache.

Identifying Migraine Headache Triggers

If you suffer from migraine headaches, it’s important that you try to identify your triggers. The best way to do this is to keep a diary and record what you ate and did leading up to the migraine headache. This will help you see any patterns. It won’t always be immediately clear what is causing your migraine headaches—it is often a process of elimination. You may even discover that several things are contributing to  your migraine headaches.

Once you’ve identified your triggers, you need to learn how to avoid them. This may involve cutting out certain foods or changing certain behaviours based on whatever you discover helps. Chriopratic may be one of the solutions.

Whatever the cause, headaches are a sign from your body that it needs help, and should not be ignored.

At Hawthorne Chiropractic we specialise in physical and X-Ray assessments, focusing on any spinal misalignments and your life/work patterns.  The spine houses the body’s central nervous system, which controls every conscious and unconscious function we make.  Any misalignment will directly influence the nerve supply to all organs, tissues, muscles, and circulation system etc.  Every imbalance will result in consequences, and our ability to lead a pain free, enhanced quality of life.

Contact Hawthorne Chiropractic

If you’re sick and tired of being ‘sick and tired’, then phone (07) 3899 4899 or email Hawthorne Chiropractic and see if your headaches/migraines may be managed and minimised by using a drug free, holistic approach.

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