Headaches and Chiropractic
At My Sports Chiropractor, Sydney we take the time to do a thorough history and examination to find out what is causing your headache or migraine so we can recommend the most suitable care for you.
Headaches and migraines can be a real pain in the neck. Whether you suffer from them occasionally or frequently, you are not alone. One in every six Australians experience tension-type headaches at some point in their lives with women 4 times more likely to experience headaches than men. Headaches are one of the most common complaint’s treated by our chiropractors and massage therapists so you don’t have to suffer in silence.
There are a variety of different types of headaches and identifying the type of headache you are experiencing is key to being able to recommend you the best care.
There are over 100 different types of headache all presenting in a variety of ways. Different types of headaches will cause different symptoms i.e intensity, frequency, duration and location. It is common that headaches are experienced over the eyes, or behind the head, even shifting to multiple locations.
You may common experience, but not limited to, the following symptoms:
- Dull ache or sharp and piercing
- Tightness or pressure
- Clenching of the jaw or jaw pain
- Lack of concentration and lethargy
Typically, concussion related headache’s are accompanied by:
- Dizziness and Visual disturbances
- Balance issues
- Nausea and vomitting
In order for us to help you feel better, we need to identify the type of headache you are experiencing. Understanding the underlying cause is key to determining the treatment that is best for you.
One of the most primary causes of headaches is poor posture, commonly presented in school students and sedentary workers such as office workers. Commonly in athletes, headaches arise from dehydration, overtraining and after a traumatic concussion.
Other common causes of headaches include:
- Posture imbalances from work lifestyle, tablet and phone use causing tension type headaches
- “Google” Headache from excess eye strain from viewing computer screen
- Post Concussion
- Whiplash injuries after a motor vehicle accident or sudden jerking of the neck
- Sinus issues
- Jaw pain from clenching or grinding teeth
- Dehydration for instance after alcohol consumption.
- Drugs and Medication
What To Expect Without Treatment
Depending on the cause of your headache, your headache may subside or may persist. If your headache is driven by dehydration or sinus issues, it is likely that water consumption and cleansing of sinus’ will reduce the amount of tension experienced.
However, if your persistent headache is due to poor posture or a whiplash injury, it is unlikely that it will resolve unless the nerves, joints and muscles are relieved of tension.
It is important that you tell your Chiropractor or Medical Doctor if you have recently experienced a concussion in any sporting or non-sporting related activity.
Headaches can be irritating and can affect all aspects of our lifestyle from quality of sleep, focus and concentration at work and ability to enjoy quality time with family and friends.
How We Can Help You ?
It is important to explain to your Sports Chiropractor or Massage Therapist what you are experiencing, including frequency, intensity, location and duration of your headaches as well as any recent history of concussion. There are over 100 different types of headaches and identifying the underlying cause of your headache in integral for us to help you.
We understand that headaches can be frustrating. For us to be able to provide the best care for you, we will complete a comprehensive history and physical examination. We will then be able to better understand the type of headache you are experiencing and discuss the possible treatment options with you in order to help achieve the best outcome for you.