Headaches and Migraines
There are over 100 different types of headache which can be categorised into two groups, primary and secondary. Primary headaches are not in association with another condition and include; migraine, tension and cluster headaches. Secondary type headaches are associated with other conditions including, injury to tissues in the neck (cervicogenic), jaw problems (temporomandibular joint dysfunction) and high blood pressure.
Poor posture, stress and muscle strains are associated with secondary headaches and can increase the symptoms of migraines. My approach to patients presenting with headaches includes differentiating between types of headache, this happens by examining your personal medical/health history, understanding your symptoms and through the touch (palpation) of the soft tissues within your neck.
I can treat headaches arising from the neck and aid in the prevention of migraines. Treatment and prevention are tailored towards your individual case and can involve massage, joint mobilisation and manipulation. I also consider how jaw, shoulder and upper back biomechanics may have contributed towards your headaches. Home exercises, postural and health advice are key rehabilitation and prevention factors which are included within your appointment.