What are Headaches?

Headaches are characterised by pain in the head that can be accompanied by a variety of other symptoms. There are more than 200 different types of headaches. Tension headaches, cluster headaches and migraines are some of the more well-known. Approximately 50% of adults will experience at least one headache in any given year. Frequent headaches may affect your quality of life and impact relationships at home or at work.

Headaches Symptoms

Headache symptoms can range from mild to severe and can vary in frequency and intensity. If you suffer from headaches, it is a good idea to note down what type of pain, when you get it and for how long. For the health professional to form the clearest clinical picture, it is important that you provide him or her with as much information as you can.

Headache symptoms include:

  • Pain in the head. Can range from dull ache to pulsing to sharp and shooting.
  • Pain in the neck and shoulder
  • Sharp pain behind eye
  • Sensitivity to light or sound
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting

Headaches Causes

There are many different types of treatments for headache. The effectiveness varies on an individual basis and depends on the severity or type of headache. Treatment can include chiropractic treatment for headaches, chiropractic treatment for migraines, other conservative therapy such as physiotherapy or remedial massage, pain killers, preventers and lifestyle changes.

At Fort Healthcare, headaches are one of the most common treated problems.

Headaches may be effectively treated with the Fort Healthcare Premium Care Plan which includes:

  • Consultation with our multi-disciplinary specialist team
  • Techniques to reduce inflammation, swelling and scar tissue adhesions, muscle tightness and tension
  • Improve strength
  • Improve range of motion (ROM)
  • Correct biomechanical faults
  • Self-management: take home exercise plans and rehabilitation training advice

Headaches Treatment

Treatment can vary from medication, surgery or conservative therapy. At Fort Healthcare, we focus on conservative care although will happily refer you to a surgical consult or medication if warranted.

Conservative care for sciatica treatment includes:

  • joint adjustment or mobilisations
  • Massage/soft tissue therapy
  • Strengthening core and other relevant muscles to reduce forces on the spine and tissues that compress or irritate the nerve
  • Modification of activities. Heavy lifting or certain repetitive tasks can add stress to the disc or the nerve and either aggravate or be the underlying cause of the condition.