When regular recurring headaches put your life on hold.
When you find yourself spending too much time in bed because of head pain. Or perhaps you keep having to change your plans at the last moment. When the simplest task can become a chore and concentrating becomes impossible. The incessant nature of chronic recurring headaches can make them among the most disabling headaches.
The BackCare Clinic aims to give you your life back.
The most common type of recurring headaches may be classed as tension or occipital headaches. Where pain begins at the base of the skull (occiput) and radiates over the skull. These are generally a matter of poor posture, stiffness of the spinal vertebrae and simple physics.
Poor posture: often developed from a young age and made worse over the years by long periods spent in the same position. For example; repetitive factory work, typing and other desk bound occupations and of course long periods of driving. It can manifest itself as an excessive kyphosis of the back (hunch back) or as a more localized kyphosis at the base of the neck (dowagers hump) and applies equally to males and females. Whether due to general or more localised curvature, the result will be that the head is held forward of its ideal anatomical position.
Stiffness: of the spinal vertebrae; again developed at a much younger age than we would imagine, mid-teens onwards. If it was solely a matter of poor posture and excessive spinal curvatures putting our heads in the wrong forward position then it would be relatively easy to teach people to sit and stand more erect with better posture. However the stiffness of the spinal joints make it almost impossible to correct easily and, more importantly, in comfort.
Physics: “An adult human cadaver head cut off around vertebra C3, with no hair, weighs somewhere between 4.5 and 5 kg, constituting around 8% of the whole body mass.” If the weight of the head, together with the gravitational forces applied to it, are carried upright and squarely on the neck then the strain placed on the cervical vertebrae, together with the muscles of the upper back and neck, will be minimal. The further forward the head is held, away from this neutral position, the greater the forces placed on the muscles of the neck and shoulders to support its weight.
The Result: an increase in tension of the muscles where they are attached to the base of the skull can be the precursor to this common form of headache. Obviously in times of stress even greater tension can be created within these muscles.
The Solution; As poor posture and, more significantly, the stiffness of the spine which can maintain such posture are largely the cause of these recurring headaches, it seems logical that in treating these factors we may reduce their intensity and frequency.
At The BackCare Clinic, we see many people who suffer from recurring headaches & migraines and are well placed to achieve good results in this field. These types of headaches respond very well to a combination of the revolutionary Theraflex treatment – to restore spinal flexibility and good posture – and CranialSacral Therapy – to relax and reduce tension in the muscles of the head, neck and shoulders.
3 – 4 treatments are usually sufficient to relieve pain and confirm the relationship between neck problems and headache.
If you get a headache after a head trauma and/or the headache is getting progressively worse you should seek medical advice as soon as possible.
You should also seek medical advice if the headache is accompanied by:
- Nausea or vomiting
- Bleeding or fluid draining from the nose or ears
- Blurred vision or speech
- Numbness, tingling or paralysis.