Do I have a headache or a migraine?
Do you suffer with headaches or migraines? Often patients describe themselves as suffering with a migraine when really they have what is classified as a headache. Did you know there are over 1000 classifications of headaches and migraines also can be typical or atypical. All different classifications respond different to treatment so it’s important you have the right diagnosis.
The most common form of headaches is the tension type headache. We see this commonly as Chiropractors. This can be described as a tight band around the top of the head which can radiate into the eyes on both sides. It’s often related to muscle tension and stress so treating the muscles around the neck is usually the first step along with given some relaxation techniques to help combat the stress.
Migraines however are often quite scary for some and can be very debilitating. They can often be associated with other symptoms such as visual disturbances, nausea, vomiting, loss of vision or speech and often patients describe feeling a heavy sensation on their head. Many patients can’t open their eyes as they’re sensitive to light. These types of patients are best managed as part of a multidisciplinary team using all aspects of physical therapy, including medication as prescribed by their neurologist or GP.
When i have a patients first describe their headaches to me, i often know immediately what type of headaches or migraine they are experiencing and i can advise on the best evidence based approach to care. The first step is getting the diagnosis so if you’re experiencing chronic headaches or migraines, don’t suffer anymore. Book an appointment today.
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