Understanding what causes headaches & migraines is key to treating the symptoms. Headaches can be generalised in nature or focal. Tightness around the temporal region, typical of tension headaches, or at the base of the skull radiating over the top of the head or into one eye are common symptoms. Migraines are very severe, occasionally disabling, headaches and can be accompanied by visual disturbances, light sensitivity and nausea.
Frequent headaches & migraines cause lack of concentration and productivity, leading to irritability and stress, which in turn causes even more headaches. Tension or recurrent headaches are mainly due to excessive tightening of the muscles in the neck, shoulders and jaw. The tightness of the shoulder muscles causes a reciprocal tightening of the neck muscles. Which causes nerve irritation and pain to referral into the head. Another consequence of tight muscles is a reduction in blood flow to the brain. It can lead to lack of concentration. Migraines are a separate condition. Many outside influences including food, hormones and certain smells as well as excessive tightness of the neck and shoulder muscles can be the cause of migraines.
When a patient presents with headaches, we take a clear case history. This helps us ascertain whether the individual is suffering from headaches or migraines. In order to achieve this, we comprehensively cover work, sleep, hobbies, social activities as well as diet and lifestyle information. Then we design a tailor-made treatment plan which encompasses all influencing factors.