Headaches can be severe and have quite debilitating affects. We help you to identify the cause and what treatments can help you
YOUR SYMPTOMS: HEADACHES AND MIGRAINES
We find that many patients come to Shoreham Chiropractic Clinic because they are suffering from headaches. While many people may consider a headache to be ‘normal’, for many people they can be severe.
Although there are many different types and causes of headaches our Shoreham chiropractors begin by undertaking a thorough medical history and examination to ascertain the type and cause of your headache.
Many headaches are due to poor function of the joints and muscles in the neck - which are called ‘Cervicogenic headaches’. Our chiropractic treatment aims to improve and maximise joint function.
After making a diagnosis, our chiropractors use techniques such as massage, mobilisation, manipulation, S.O.T blocks, medical acupuncture and taping. You may also be given postural and lifestyle advice, together with exercises to rehabilitate your condition and to help address the underlying cause.
Our treatment is often very effective at relieving the frequency and severity of our patient’s cervicogenic headaches. Our findings are supported by current research.
WHAT THE RESEARCH SAYS
In a study from ‘Spine journal’ 2010 researchers tested the effectiveness of chiropractic adjustment (manipulation) for cervicogenic headaches (headaches originating from the neck) compared to patients receiving light massage.
The patients receiving chiropractic care had significantly better outcomes. Chiropractic patients were more likely to have 50% reduction in headache frequency and at least 50% decrease in overall symptoms.
(Dose response and efficacy of spinal manipulation for chronic cervicogenic headache; a pilot randomised control trial. Spine Journal 2010).
WHAT DOES NICE SAY?
The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) changed their guidelines in 2012 for the diagnosis and management of headaches. They revealed that taking too many painkillers can sensitise the brain to pain, leaving the patient prone to more headaches.
FINDING OUT MORE
If you would like to know more about how chiropractic care may help headache and migraine symptoms please get in touch.