Headaches

Headache

WHAT ARE HEADACHES?

Headaches are very complicated and are still not fully understood. They can be debilitating to the point that the person is unable to work or continue with simple activities . Tension headaches are the most common and can feel like a dull ache of constant pressure around the front, top and sides of the head. More severe headaches can result in Migraines.

The brain is not pain sensitive – hence brain surgery is often done under a local anaesthetic. However, the scalp and its muscles and blood vessels, and the dura and its venous sinuses and the blood vessels at the base of the brain, are. Headaches most commonly originate in the muscles, the blood vessels and the dura and are produced by tension in, or stretching of, these structures.

Cluster headaches come on several at a time, one after the other. They are not usually one sided. Keeping a ‘headache diary’ will show whether something is triggering the attacks e.g. food sensitivity.

Headaches respond to physical therapy well. Stress Management may well also be required but Massage Therapy is so effective in soothing as well as dealing with the ‘knots’ causing the headaches.

THERAPY OPTIONS AVAILABLE FOR THIS CONDITION AT BROOKS-CARTER CLINIC