HEADACHE AND MIGRAINE

Specialists in headache treatment and migraine prevention
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At Innate Health Chiropractic we see many patients who suffer with headaches and migraine.

Most types of headache arise from the neck and shoulder girdle. Tension in the neck muscles and restriction in the neck vertebrae can cause pain in the head and neck.
Migraine can be triggered by multiple causes and is often a combination of neck dysfunction, stress and hormonal influences.
Certain foods are also well known triggers for migraine sufferers.

Are my headaches

coming from my neck and shoulders?

Research shows that most of the common forms of headaches arise from the neck. One type is called cervicogenic headache. Another very common cause of headache is called tension-type headache, and this involves tight muscles in the neck, especially at the base of the skull.
Tension type headaches can feel like a tight band across the front and back of the head, and may be associated with stress. In some cases it can last for several days.

Chiropractic treatment

for headache in Exeter

We will complete a thorough assessment of the neck, shoulders and spine to determine the type and cause of your headaches. Potential areas of concern such as neck joint restriction in cervicogenic headache, and muscle tightness in tension type headaches, can help highlight possible causes of headache.
chiropractors use a variety of hands-on techniques to improve the neck and shoulder function.

We can also advise on lifestyle factors that may be a contributing factor, such as diet, stress and posture, as well as if you have previously experienced concussion. Specific exercises may also be given to help in the management of headaches.

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What else could be causing my migraines

Migraine is a moderate to severe headache that currently has no known cure. It can manifest in a few different ways, including:

Migraine with aura – where there are specific warning signs just before the migraine begins, such as seeing flashing lights, tingling in the face or arm, or sensitivity to light and sound

Migraine without aura – the most common, where the migraine happens without the specific warning signs

Migraine aura without headache, also known as silent migraine – where an aura or other migraine symptoms are experienced, but a headache does not develop

Recognised triggers of migraine include certain foods, such as red wine, cheese and chocolate, hormonal influences around the menstruation, stress and tiredness.
Chiropractic has been shown to help with migraine prevention in some cases. During the consultation we will look at your medical history in detail in order to ascertain potential causes and to see if chiropractic treatment will benefit you in the management of migraine pain.