Headaches & Migraines2018-09-26T16:43:14+00:00

Headaches & Migraines

There are hundreds of headaches types which are categorised into ‘primary’ and ‘secondary’ headache types. Soft tissue manipulation can help prevent and manage recurring headaches and migraines.

Pain is often described as throbbing, stabbing, sharp, dull or occurring in waves. The most common types of headaches include tension headaches, cluster headaches, sinus headaches and migraine headaches.

While primary headaches are generally harmless, they eventually pass. A secondary headache, on the other hand, is a symptom of another disease or condition and should be assessed. Migraines are a particularly painful type of primary headache, which can last anywhere up to 72 hours. People who suffer from migraines often find them to be debilitating and are unable to continue with their usual day-to-day activities.

Migraines are generally accepted as the most ‘severe’ form of headache, and are often accompanied by a variety of symptoms such as nausea, light sensitivity and loss of vision. Sinus headaches are sometimes mistaken for migraines due to the associated fever and facial pressure.

People who suffer from frequent migraines often experience a ‘prodrome’ phase, prior to the migraine itself. They describe these symptoms as yawning, neck stiffness, irritability, constipation, food cravings, hyperactivity and depression.

Causes of headaches & migraines

  • Stress
  • Foods and drinks high in tyramine
  • Muscle strain
  • Hormones (particularly in females)
  • Eye, ear, nose and throat illnesses
  • Viral infections
  • Consumption of cold food or drink
  • Lack of sleep
  • Some medications
  • Anxiety
  • Jaw issues
  • Sinus issues
  • Neck pain
  • Head injury

Symptoms of migraines

Knowing the difference between a headache and a migraine can sometimes be tricky, however there are certain symptoms that only occur during a migraine, that can help you to establish which you are suffering from and how best to treat it.

People experiencing a migraine will often report some or all of the following symptoms:

  • Nausea
  • Dizziness
  • Tiredness
  • Blurry vision
  • Light sensitivity
  • Fever
  • Paleness
  • Throbbing pain
  • Vomiting
  • Loss of appetite
  • Loss of vision
  • Abdominal pain
  • Light flashes or dots
  • Feelings of warmth or cold

Top tips for preventing headaches & migraines

  • Maintaining a healthy diet
  • Excluding foods known to trigger headaches from your diet
  • Limiting your caffeine and alcohol intake
  • Trying to reduce the amount of stress in your life
  • Taking some medications
  • Getting plenty of sleep
  • Ensuring you have good posture

Effective treatment of headaches & migraines

Often, headaches are temporary and can be treated quickly and easily with painkillers, such as paracetamol, aspirin and ibuprofen, without too much interruption to your day.

Migraines are usually more severe and may interfere with your daily activities, but can generally be successfully treated at home – particularly if you have experience dealing with migraines. Alongside pain medications, the following techniques can also help to ease the pain:

  • Relaxation exercises
  • Massage
  • Meditation
  • Applying a warm compress to the affected area

For those who experience regular or chronic headaches and migraines, soft tissue manipulation is an effective treatment.

Headaches & Migraines

There are hundreds of headaches types which are categorised into ‘primary’ and ‘secondary’ headache types. Soft tissue manipulation can help prevent and manage recurring headaches and migraines.

Pain is often described as throbbing, stabbing, sharp, dull or occurring in waves. The most common types of headaches include tension headaches, cluster headaches, sinus headaches and migraine headaches.

While primary headaches are generally harmless, they eventually pass. A secondary headache, on the other hand, is a symptom of another disease or condition and should be assessed. Migraines are a particularly painful type of primary headache, which can last anywhere up to 72 hours. People who suffer from migraines often find them to be debilitating and are unable to continue with their usual day-to-day activities.

Migraines are generally accepted as the most ‘severe’ form of headache, and are often accompanied by a variety of symptoms such as nausea, light sensitivity and loss of vision. Sinus headaches are sometimes mistaken for migraines due to the associated fever and facial pressure.

People who suffer from frequent migraines often experience a ‘prodrome’ phase, prior to the migraine itself. They describe these symptoms as yawning, neck stiffness, irritability, constipation, food cravings, hyperactivity and depression.

Causes of headaches & migraines

  • Stress
  • Foods and drinks high in tyramine
  • Muscle strain
  • Hormones (particularly in females)
  • Eye, ear, nose and throat illnesses
  • Viral infections
  • Consumption of cold food or drink
  • Lack of sleep
  • Some medications
  • Anxiety
  • Jaw issues
  • Sinus issues
  • Neck pain
  • Head injury

Symptoms of migraines

Knowing the difference between a headache and a migraine can sometimes be tricky, however there are certain symptoms that only occur during a migraine, that can help you to establish which you are suffering from and how best to treat it.

People experiencing a migraine will often report some or all of the following symptoms:

  • Nausea
  • Dizziness
  • Tiredness
  • Blurry vision
  • Light sensitivity
  • Fever
  • Paleness
  • Throbbing pain
  • Vomiting
  • Loss of appetite
  • Loss of vision
  • Abdominal pain
  • Light flashes or dots
  • Feelings of warmth or cold

Top tips for preventing headaches & migraines

  • Maintaining a healthy diet
  • Excluding foods known to trigger headaches from your diet
  • Limiting your caffeine and alcohol intake
  • Trying to reduce the amount of stress in your life
  • Taking some medications
  • Getting plenty of sleep
  • Ensuring you have good posture

Effective treatment of headaches & migraines

Often, headaches are temporary and can be treated quickly and easily with painkillers, such as paracetamol, aspirin and ibuprofen, without too much interruption to your day.

Migraines are usually more severe and may interfere with your daily activities, but can generally be successfully treated at home – particularly if you have experience dealing with migraines. Alongside pain medications, the following techniques can also help to ease the pain:

  • Relaxation exercises
  • Massage
  • Meditation
  • Applying a warm compress to the affected area

For those who experience regular or chronic headaches and migraines, soft tissue manipulation is an effective treatment.

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