Headache & Migraine

Headache complaints

Around about 3.5 million inhabitants of the Netherlands suffer from painful and tiring headaches which will not go easily and can even last for days. This kind of headache has a great impact on quality of life. It can be a huge obstacle. The patient most likely has tried several options to reduce the pain. Medication, rest and therapy are commonly used on a patient. On this page you can read which treatment suits you best.

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Anatomy – the neck and head

The skull is the protector of the sensitive organ in our head: the brain. The muscles of the back and neck make sure that the head can move well. The muscles of the neck are attached to the skull so that the head can move by deploying the neck muscles.

Symptoms of headache

Almost everybody experiences a nagging headache. Sometimes on one side of the forehead or by the eyeballs. It can also occur as a continuous pain or as a periodic pain. It is important to try to find the cause of the headache. Chiropractic MoveWell will examine your complaints thoroughly and advise you on the possibilities of treatment.

Typical headache complaints

Muscle strain headache

Muscle strain headache is the most common headache. It is described as a constant nagging pain that often runs from the neck to both sides of the head. The pain may be accompanied by nausea, sore and stiff shoulders and sensitivity to light and sound. The duration of these headaches can be anything from one hour to persisting for days. The headache is most likely caused by poor posture, stress, fatigue and not drinking enough water.

A chiropractor can stimulate movement with the ‘in 3 steps better’ program and release the tension and subsequently the headache.

Migraine

Migraine is a headache with a vascular cause that often occurs between the ages of 15 to 55. In 78% of cases migraine is a family related complaint. Migraine can be induced by multiple factors such as hormones, food (red wine, chocolate), fatigue, stress, medications or strong odours. Beside just the migraine, one fifth of people with migraine headaches also suffer from an aura. An aura is some kind of warning prior to the migraine attack. The aura is often visual and appears as a flash, a flicker or as zigzag glitter and blemishes. Another form can be a tingling in the arms or face or having difficulty in speaking.

The pain of migraines arise due to an expansion of the blood vessels in the brain. This sends pain signals to the brain stem. The headache is often felt on one side of the head around the eyes and above the ear. The pain is mostly described as a throbbing pain. If the migraine headache is at its peak, the people who are suffering are extra sensitive to sensations such as touch, light and sound.

Many factors can cause a migraine attack. This is why it is important to reveal the causes and try to change them. A blockade in the neck arouses tension which can lead to migraine. A chiropractor will scan a patient’s life to find leads. The spinal column is examined in order to find fixations in the vertebrae. By resolving the fixation and making the spine flexible again, the amount of migraine attacks should drop.

Face-ache

This is not a headache. It is a pain in the face most of the time caused by a damaged nerve. In some cases, a facial pain can occur from trigger points which are located in the muscles of the face. We call this atypical facial pain. These trigger points can send a pain signal to a nearby point. This way it seems like you have pain in your face, but it’s being caused by irritation or pain from a jaw or neck muscle.

A chiropractor always makes a thorough examination to find the causes of complaints, and to judge if the complaints can be treated or should be referred on.