Headaches: What's the deal with them?

Posted Sep 28, 2021 at 11:27

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One of the most common complaints we see in the clinic is headaches. From the occasional mild headache, migraines that last a week, and everything in between. But strangely, it's often not the main complaint for most people, more of an afterthought.

Did you know there are over 150 different types of headaches? It seems fitting that over 75% of adults report experiencing at least one headache a year. The issue is that as so many experience headaches, most people see them as a normal thing. This is not the case, whilst it might be a common issue, it is not normal for us to suffer from it.

Primary headaches are those that aren't caused by other medical conditions. This includes cluster headaches, migraines, and tension headaches. Secondary headaches are related to an underlying medical condition, such as high blood pressure, infection, or trauma.

Triggers for tension headaches and migraines include changes in eating or sleeping patterns, emotional stress from work or family, and eye, neck or back strain due to poor posture. They can be hereditary, with children up to 4 times more likely to experience migraines if their parents also suffer from them. Caffeine, chocolate and cheese are also common triggers, along with strong odours and second hand smoke.

Tension headaches are the most common primary headache. They often present as constant mild to moderate pain without throbbing, usually on both sides of the head and worsens with actions such as bending forwards or walking up stairs. Migraines are often a little more severe, with a pounding or throbbing sensation that can last a few days. They are often accompanied by visual disturbances, sensitivity to light, noise or odour, as well as nausea and vomiting.

If you experience headaches and want to find out if we can help, why not book in for a free discovery visit!