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One of the most common reasons my clients come in to see me is for the relief of their headaches and/or migraines.

We all suffer from headaches from time to time and mostly we can soldier on with the help of some painkillers. Regular headaches can be debilitating and affect your quality of life severely leaving you bad tempered, unable to concentrate and function in everyday life.

There are several different types of headaches with different causes and therefore treatment can differ quite widely from one type to another. However, something all headaches have in common is that they lead to tension in the neck and shoulder area due to the posture you assume due to the pain you’re in. This tension can then lead to further headaches due to poor posture in the neck area.

Tension headaches:

The most common type of headache caused by poor posture and muscle tension is a tension headache – aching and pressure around the head, particularly in the temple area or the back of the head.

Sinus Headaches:

At this time of the year, many people are suffering from allergies, which can lead to infection in the sinus areas causing headaches due to infection and congestion in the face. These are felt more in the areas above and below the eyes and often have a corresponding toothache in the whole upper jaw area. Sometimes these may need treatment for the infection if fevers are involved, but having acupuncture early in your allergy season may help to prevent allergies accompanied by congestion and infection.

Migraines:

Migraines are another common headache. They are often accompanied by sensitivity to light and noise, nausea/vomiting, numbness in the hand, pain is once sided and severe and stops sufferers from getting on with their daily lives. Occasionally migraines are preceded by symptoms called aura – sufferers then have the chance to take preventative medication avoiding the onset.

Cluster headaches:

These can be recognised by the cyclical nature and sudden onset – no cause or cure is yet known. What we do know is that they affect men more than womenand typically come on suddenly with debilitating one-sided pain in the head and nasal or eye symptoms.

Then there are headaches caused by medication or withdrawal as well as allergies or intolerances to certain foods. Gradually cutting back on medication or allergens may help alleviate these types.

Dull headaches are also often a symptom of dehydration – trying to keep up hydration levels throughout the day will sort those out. Other common triggers are lifestyle factors like lack of exercise, skipping meals, toxins in the environment, poor sleep quality and poor weight management.

Physiotherapy and acupuncture are very successful in treating these types of headaches by addressing posture, lifestyle, stress management and releasing muscle tension around the affected areas as well as bringing the whole body back in balance. Call us today to see how we can help you with your particular issue.

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