At Orewa Chiropractic, we have special interest in headaches like tensional and cervicogenic or even mild migraines.
Headaches are one of the most disabling conditions and reasons to consult a doctor.
The most common origins are tensional or spinal, more than 90% of times.
At Orewa Chiropractic, our approach of the treatment is first to detect the specific factors of the development of each individual’s condition. Our strategy is patient –centred and personalised to the largest extent possible. If necessary, we refer to another health professional such as a neurologist or pain specialist.
Tension and Cervicogenic Headaches
They are the most common types of headache and are resent all around the head or in the temples, above the scalp or at the basis of the skull. The cervical spine disorders are their origin and create range-of-movement restrictions and muscular tensions. They are also associated with tightness in the neck. The nerves coming from the cervical spine are impinged and the pain follows their pathway or even the trigeminal nerve covering the face, leading to false teeth, ocular or sinus pain.
This is because the area in the brain to which the nerves that sense pain in the head send their signals, has the same area to which the nerves that sense pain in the neck send their signals. This is why the brain is not always able to know exactly from where the pain is coming. This, combined with other factors that create tension and cervicogenic headache, causes the pain primarily perceived in the head.
Migraine headaches tend to be usually more severe than tension headaches and generally occur during periods that can last from a few hours to several days. Other symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, increased sensitivity to light and sound, numbness or coldness in the hands or tremor may accompany them. In some conditions, the patient resents an aura which includes jagged lines or flashing lights before the eyes, strange odors, difficulty speaking or numbness, and this before the attacks. In general, migraines are quite debilitating and the patient needs to isolate in dark and quiet room.