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, muscles  from postural issues, work and exercise related injuries, repetitive positions and injuries, road traffic accidents.
  • Emotional factors such as stress, anxiety, depression.
  • 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 chemicals to preserve meat. Hot dogs and other processed meats containing sodium nitrite.
  • Eating foods prepared with monosodium glutamate (MSG), such as takeaways, fast foods, 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.
  • 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, your overall structure, muscles, joints, nerves and movement patterns. Once we pin point the root of the problem, we can adjust the spine and correct any structural issues. We would often advise upon specific exercises to strengthen, mobilise and rehabilitate any identified weaknesses and improve movement patterns to keep it as healthy as possible.

It is important to avoid as many aggravating factors as possible to reduce known headache triggers  

Massage is a great way to reduce tension, stress and unwind from repetitive strain positions at work and life.


Next Step:

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