‘Debilitating, mentally and physically draining'
Headache is a symptom of a range of neurobiological disorders which can be debilitating, draining you mentally and physically. Adults aged 20 to 50 years are the most likely sufferers but children and adolescents are also affected.
A headache may cause pain and discomfort in the head, face, scalp, nose or neck. It's estimated that 87% of people in Australia have at least one headache each year. The cause for the headache can differ from one individual to another. It may be triggered from the environment, food, stress, dehydration and others. However, it should not be overlooked that headaches can be caused or referred from surrounding muscles, joints, ligaments or nerves of the head and the neck.
A migraine is a headache that can cause severe throbbing pain or a pulsing sensation, usually on one side of the head. It's often accompanied by nausea, vomiting, and extreme sensitivity to light and sound. Migraine headaches are sometimes preceded by warning symptoms.
In Australia about 20% of the population or around 4.9 million Australians suffer from migraine at some stage in their lives. It has been reported that migraine and tension-type headache are the most prevalent headache disorders and, both with disabling potential, they have the greatest impact on public health.
A Tension-type headache, also called a stress headache, exhibit symptoms of a mild to moderate pain often described as feeling like a tight band around the head. Multiple factors can bring on a tension headache, including stress, inadequate sleep and poor posture. The main symptom is pain on both sides of the head that may be associated with muscle pain.
Clinical researches suggest that chiropractic care, including spinal manipulation, improves migraine and cervicogenic(originated from the neck spine) headaches. In addition, according to clinical trial evidence, acupuncture treatment have positive effects in headaches(tension-type and chronic) and migraine prophylaxis.
At Acuro Clinic, the care management plan for headaches and migraine will be individualised to the patient’s needs and examination findings. The care plan may include:
Patient education and reassurance
Manipulation and mobilisation
Soft tissue therapy
Modalities including electrical stimulation, acupressure, shock wave therapy, cuppings and others
Rehabilitation and exercises
Ergonomic and lifestyle changes
Referral and co-management