- There are many different types of headache, some more serious than
others. As many as 10 million Britons suffer from severe headaches. In
2012, NICE (National Institute for Clinical Excellence) released new
guidelines regarding the diagnosis and management of headaches.
- NICE said that taking too many painkillers (particularly taking
aspirin, ibuprofen or paracetamol) every day or every other day can make
the brain more sensitive to pain therefore leaving the sufferer prone
to further headaches. These guidelines also highlight the potential
benefit of medical acupuncture for certain types of headache. All our
practitioners are registered and trained in medical acupuncture,
including techniques used for treating headaches and the prevention of
- As with any problem, our Chiropractors will carry out a full
history and examination to identify the nature of your headaches. They
are well equipped in identifying those headaches that can benefit from
manual therapy and those that require onward referral.
- Often headaches can have a cervicogenic component, meaning that the
structures in the neck may be causing or aggravating the headache. In
these cases treatment from our practitioners can offer relief in the
frequency and intensity of your headaches.
- If your headache is cervicogenic in nature or has cervicogenic
components the treatment offered will aim to normalise the joint
function and decrease muscle spasm in the neck. This can be achieved
using a variety of different methods including spinal manipulation,
mobilisation, medical acupuncture, dry needling for pain control,
massage, advice and home exercises. Examination and treatment are
usually done on the same day.
- This effective treatment is generally painless although you may
feel some short term discomfort if your neck is already sore or your
headache is acute. Our practitioners may advise you on nutrition,
posture, lifestyle and stress, information that can be very beneficial
when addressing headaches.
Useful links for headache
Effectiveness of manual therapy for chronic tension-type headache: a
pragmatic, randomised, clinical trial. Castien RF, van der Windt DA,
Grooten A, Dekker J.
Cephalagia. 2011 Jan, 31(2):133-43
Dose response and efficacy of spinal manipulation for chronic
cervicogenic headache: a pilot randomised controlled trial. Haas M,
Spegman a, Aicken M&Vavrek D.
The Spine journal 2010; 10:117-128.