Some say death & taxes are the only guarantees in life, we would probably add headaches to that list too. Something that can affect all of us but did you know there are actually many different varieties? Here is some information to help identify the different types & advice on how we can help.
There are over 150 headache types but the most common include tension, migraine, cluster, sinus and cerviclogenic or mechanical. These can often be managed with therapy including acupuncture, manual therapy / osteopathy and massage.
It is important to understand the headache type as this determines the treatments required and whether further investigation may be required. Secondary headaches can arise from a variety of sources including pregnancy, hyperthyroidism, stroke or tumor. Our therapists are highly trained to assess headaches in order to identify their cause and develop a management plan.
Here is some information on the familiar patterns of the most common headache causes.
This is the most common headache type and present as a band across the head.
- Poor Posture (desk set up etc)
- Muscle tension
- Manual therapy (massage, acupuncture)
- Postural assessment / correction
Cervicogenic translates to 'originating from the neck'. They often cause pain behind the ear, in the back of the head or over one eye.
- Muscle strain
- Joint stiffness (neck)
- Previous neck injuries
- Manual therapy
Lasting between 4 hours and 3 days these headaches are described as causing throbbing or pounding pain. They often are associated with nausea, sensitivity to light and loss of appetite.
- Routine changes
- Environmental / weather
- Manual therapy
These headaches are the most severe. They cause piercing pain around or behind one eye. They tend to happen in 'clusters' 2 - 3 per day for up to 3 weeks.
- Relaxation techniques
- Gentle massage
A deep and constant pain in your forehead and cheek bones. These are often associated with a blocked or runny nose and blocked ears.
- Environmental (hay-fever)
- Cold / Flu
- Sinus massage
There are many other types of headache but don't suffer in silence. They can often be managed or even prevented with some professional advice and guidance.