Chiropractic may help to relieve tightness in your neck muscles due to stress and tension in your neck, shoulders and back.
Treatment may also be effective in the treatment of headaches that are the result of neck pain or improper movement.
Migraine is a severe headache, accompanied by other symptoms. We can identify stiffness in the joints of the neck and by treating them, improve their movement and relieve the muscle spasm and nerve irritation that may be causing the problem.
We treat headaches with an effective safe treatment plan to relieve muscle tension, neck stiffness so you can get back to doing the things you love.
Usually the first port of call is painkillers for headaches, may help with the symptoms but does not address the underlying cause. Fortunately, there is another approach that research has shown to be effective for certain types of headache relief.
Chiropractic can offer significant help to certain types of headache.
Most important starting point is understanding which type of headache you are suffering from.
There are 3 main types of headaches that may respond to gentle conservative care. They are:
- Cervicogenic or spinal headache caused by neck problems
- Tension headache caused by tight muscles and/or stress
The other serious types of headache are caused by things like internal bleeds, infections and space-occupying lesions which need urgent medical care.
The first step in successful treatment for headaches is to identify which sort you have then a programme of treatment can be suggested which may help.
Improper movement, neck stiffness and muscle tightness can all cause a headache to occur.
Headaches are one of the most common problems people mention to a chiropractor, and most are unaware that we can help reduce, elevate or stop these from occurring.
They can also be a result of repetitive strain to your neck such as poor posture at work.
We can identify stiffness in the joints of the neck and by treating them, improve their movement and relieve the muscle spasm and nerve irritation that may be causing the problem. We can also use Dry-Needling & varies gentle techniques to help relieve muscular tension.
Treatment consists of specific adjustments done by hand to free stiff joints and reduce spinal nerve irritation. We may also recommend ice, heat or massage treatment amongst other things. We also support the treatment with individual advice about the your lifestyle, work and exercise, in order to help in managing the condition and preventing a recurrence of the problem.
- Conservative physical therapy management for the treatment of cervicogenic headache: A systematic review. Racicki S, Gerwin S, DiClaudio S et al. Journal of Manual & Manipulative Therapy 2013; 21(2): 113-24
- Manual therapies for migraine: A systematic review. Chaibi A, Tuchin PJ & Russell MB. Journal of Headache & Pain 2011; 12: 127-133.
- Effectiveness of manual therapies: the UK evidence report. Gert Bronfort et al Chiropractic & Osteopathy 2010, 18:3