Headaches are so common that people often think it’s just a part of everyday life. Although popping a pill might give you some relief, it’s important to address the cause of the headache rather than simply covering up the symptoms.
Headache is listed on the WHO’s (World Health Organisation) list of major causes of disability with global prevalence of 47%.
A recent study found that the negative impact of migraine headaches on an individual’s quality of life is greater than other chronic conditions like hypertension, diabetes and osteoarthritis.
There are different types of headaches including:
- Cluster headaches
- Tension type headaches
- Cervicogenic headaches
Other headaches may occur after a concussion, referral from muscles around the head and neck and the jaw.
The management for headaches will vary depending on the presentation however may include:
- Addressing nutritional issues, which may include food sensitivities or triggers.
- Spinal mobilisations and adjustments
- Myofascial release to muscles around the head, neck and shoulders.
- Addressing things that may cause sympathetic wind up.
- Postural retraining exercises.