Headache

Signs and Symptoms:
Pain in the head, behind the eyes, tension around the neck and shoulders, reduced neck and shoulder mobility. Less commonly, dizziness, nausea, vomiting, altered vision.


Common Causes:

  • Mechanical dysfunction around the upper back and neck joints, muscles and nerves from poor posture, work and exercise related injuries, repetitive strain injuries, road traffic accidents.
  • Emotional factors such as depression, anxiety, frustration.
  • Sinusitis, temporomandidular joint (TMJ) dysfunction and dental problems.
  • Repeated exposure to nitrite compounds can result in a dull, pounding headache that may be accompanied by a flushed face. Nitrite, which dilates blood vessels, is found in chemical to preserve meat. Hot dogs and other processed meats containing sodium nitrite can cause headaches.
  • Eating foods prepared with monosodium glutamate (MSG) can result in headache, such as soy sauce, meat tenderisers, processed foods containing flavour enhancers.
  • Foods that are high in the amino acid tyramine should also be avoided, such as ripened cheeses (cheddar, brie), chocolate, as well as any food pickled or fermented foods.
  • Headache can also result from exposure to poisons, even common household varieties like insecticides, carbon tetrachloride, and lead.
  • Odors, menstrual periods, and changes in weather.

 

Less commonly are headaches with a more serious underlying cause, but those that do require urgent medical attention.

How We Can Help:
We would examine the spine, muscles, joints and nerves. Once we diagnose and pin point the root of the problem, we can gently adjust the spine and manipulate the muscles to relieve the tension and pain. We would often advise upon specific exercises to strengthen and rehabilitate the spine to keep it as healthy as possible. It is important to avoid as many aggravating factors as possible to reduce known head ache triggers.

 

Next Step:
Call us 01625 616 736 or book online to arrange a consultation with the chiropractor.