Have you had enough of your headaches? Living with them can be hard work, making it difficult to concentrate and stopping you from doing the things you enjoy. It is also very common with over 10 million people in the UK suffering from them regularly.
While painkillers can provide a short term solution, according to the National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) – who provide guidance for doctors and other health professionals – long-term use of painkillers, such as aspirin, paracetamol and the non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as ibuprofen, can actually worsen the headache, both in terms of severity and frequency.
If you are looking for a drug-free way to treat headaches, Prime Therapy Clinic could help you.
Our Chiropractor has helped many people decrease or eliminate their headaches. It is the third most common reason (behind back pain and neck pain) that people visit a Chiropractor for. There are many different types of headache and the good news is that for the most, Chiropractic has been proven to be effective.
Types of headaches
Common types of headaches are tension, migraine, and cervicogenic .
Tension-type headaches commonly present as band-like tension around the head, whereas migraines usually result in pain on one side of the head. They are commonly accompanied by nausea and sensitivity to light and sound.
With cervicogenic headaches, the neck is the source of the problem. But the pain is perceived in one or more areas of the head and/or face. The causes are not always well understood but a family history of headaches, neck stiffness, and stress are common factors.
How can chiropractors help?
Chiropractors can assess, diagnose, and manage headaches. Current evidence suggests that chiropractic care, including manual therapy, can be effective in treating cervicogenic and tension headaches. Studies have also shown that chiropractic care can help decrease the intensity and frequency of migraines.
First of all, it is important to establish the type of headache you have, which our Chiropractor is highly qualified and trained to do. He will ask questions about it and perform a series of different tests to establish the cause. We than put together an action plan and use a number of specialised techniques to provide treatment that will help.
Effective treatments may include, joint mobilisations or adjustments, acupuncture, massage, home exercises and advice regarding stress management.
Headaches are very common but that does not mean they should be a normal part of life. Stop them from getting you down by taking action. Arrange an appointment with our Chiropractor and start your journey to making headaches a thing of the past.
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