Headaches can be caused by a variety of factors and are a common cause of pain and discomfort. The most common types of headaches we see at Farrelly Chiropractic are tension type headaches (TTH), migraines and Cervicogenic headaches.
Tension headaches are often characterised by a vice like sensation on both sides of the head.
Migraine headaches are usually pulsing or throbbing. There may be light or noise sensitivity and the person may be nauseous or even vomit.
Certain migraines can involve visual disturbances such as flickering lights or reduced vision.
There are various triggers for migraines. More commonly it can be certain foods, hormonal changes, stress or even flashing lights.
An important screening tool would be to ask the following questions:
- Do you have recurrent headaches that interfere with work, family or social functions?
- Do your headaches last at least 4 hours?
- Have you had new or different headaches in the last 6 months?
- Does your pain start in your head or in your neck?
A diagnosis of migraine is more likely by a ‘yes’ answer to questions 1 and 2, and a ‘no’ answer to question 3. An answer to question 4, which is, “it starts in the neck”, may mean we have a better ability to reduce spinal triggers that may contribute, but not cause your migraine.
Cervicogenic headaches arise primarily from joints structures in the neck. These headaches are often one sided and the patients symptoms can be reproduced by certain neck movements or pressure on joint structures in the neck.