Waking up with a pounding headache? Or can’t sit at your computer for more than 20 minutes without feeling a headache coming on?
You’re not alone!
Approximately 60% of people suffer from some form of headache at one time or another, with 30% going on to develop repeated episodes. This is a major pain in the rear! Not only are they annoying, but headaches also limit your work and social activities which costs our economy millions in reduced productivity.
However not all headaches are the same. Some are much more debilitating than others. So here is a list of the most common types of headaches;
- Tension Headache: The most common form. Tends to develop throughout the day and is characterised by pain on BOTH sides of the head. The pain can even travel down the neck and to the tops of the shoulders. Mostly prevalent in occupations that require long hours of sitting and computer work.
- Migraine Headache: Affects 10% of the population. Many sufferers describe the beginnings of a Migraine as an ’Aura’; sensory disturbances such as blurred vision, difficulty focusing on objects and even tingling in the face and arms. The Migraine itself is characterised by pain on ONE side of the head and can involve; sensitivity to light and sound, nausea and vomiting and a general look physically run down.
- Cervicogenic Headache: Fairly common with pain originating from the neck and can refer pain to the head. Usually made worse by turning your head a certain way which can cause feelings of nausea and dizziness. Most commonly caused by an inflamed joint in the Cervical Spine i.e. neck.
- Cluster Headache: Very rare with less than 1% prevalence. Characterised by ONE sided headache, typically around the eye, with repeated episodes of less than 3 hours duration1(Fischera et. Al, 2008)
Do one of these descriptions match your headache symptoms? Not to worry, there is treatment available. For mild headaches, simply taking paracetamol or ibuprofen can help eliminate the pain. However, if the pain is consistent or if you have repeated episodes, your local Chiropractor will be able to get you out of pain fast!
At Back to Health Clinic, our experienced Chiropractor offers fast and effective management of Headaches to get you back to health and pain free!
For more information on our Chiropractic services, visit our Ryde Clinic or call us today on 9874 1519.