Headaches And Migraines
Headache And Migraine Treatment
Suffering from headaches and migraine can be an everyday struggle. Our team of experienced practitioners in Leeds and Manchester are here to offer effective headache treatment, migraine treatment and advice.
What Are Headaches And Migraines?
A headache is defined as any pain in the region of the head or neck. Depending on the severity of this pain, you may also be suffering from migraines. Headaches are one of the most common symptoms found in clinical practice and there are more than 200 types.
Within these 200 types, headaches are classified into these two categories:
- Tension headaches
- Stabbing headaches
- Trigeminal headaches
- Headaches caused by cough
- Exertion headaches
- Cluster headaches
- Trauma or injury
- Cranial/cervical disorders (stroke)
- Inflammatory disease
- High blood pressure
- Disorders of the jaw or teeth
- Temporomandibular joint disorders
Treatments For Headache and Migraine
Headache treatment or migraine treatment will depend on your particular symptoms. There are several reasons for headaches occurring, and understanding the root of the problem is always our first step in treatment.
A full neurological examination and assessment will be carried out before we start treatment. During your assessment you’ll be asked about your medical history and the details of your current symptoms. This will determine the best course of treatment for you.
If your headaches have arisen due to muscle tensions, our practitioners will treat the complaint with a range of hands-on methods including joint mobilisation, soft tissue stretching and massage. They may also offer advice on lifestyle and posture to help ease pain and prevent headaches from recurring. Physiotherapists, Chiropractors and Osteopaths are all able to effectively help with symptoms of headache related to neck tension and stress.
Most of the time, a course of treatments will be effective in managing your headaches. However, there are some accompanying symptoms that may require further investigation. These include:
- New or different headaches in over 50s
- Severe headaches which develop in minutes
- Inability to move limbs
- Headaches which worsen with change in posture
- Headaches made worse by coughing or exertion
- Visual abnormalities
- Jaw pain when chewing
- Neck stiffness with fever, photophobia or rash
Our practitioners will be able to refer you to the appropriate specialist if they deem it necessary.