Headache & Migraine Causes in Oakleigh
Many patients with persistent headache rely on pain medications like anti-inflammatory drugs, Panadol, Panadeine, and mersyndol. While these drugs can offer temporary relief, may cause unwanted side effects, and do not address the underlying cause of your headache. Dr. Sam will work to identify the cause of your headaches to provide an effective treatment.
What Causes Headache?
Headaches can be divided into two categories: primary headaches and secondary headaches. The word "primary" indicates that the headache is the primary concern or disorder, while "secondary" indicates that the headaches are the result of a more serious disorder like cancer, infection, tumor, or brain injury. While Dr. Sam can diagnose all headache types for patients in Oakleigh & Bentleigh, he specializes in the treatment of primary headache such as tension-type, migraine and cervicogenic headache.
Here are some of the most common headache types we treat in our Oakleigh office:
These headaches originate with a disorder in the cervical spine (neck) and are experienced as pain at the base of the skull radiating down the neck, back, between the shoulder blades, and in the face. Any damage to the joints, ligaments, and tissues in the neck may result in cervicogenic headache. We often see patients in our Oakleigh clinic suffering from cervicogenic headache after auto accidents and whiplash injuries.
The causes of migraine are still largely a mystery, as scientists continue to study the condition. Currently it is believed that migraines involve changes to hormones, blood vessels, and nerves within the brain. Migraine attacks often cause pain on one or both sides of the head, blurry vision, lightheadedness, sensitivity to light and smells, nausea, and vomiting.
Tension headaches are the most common type of primary headaches, and are often described as a dull, aching head pain or a sensation of tight band around the forward or sides of the headache. Tension headaches have a number of potential causes including poor posture, muscle spasms, allergies, stress, and poor spinal alignment.
How Your Oakleigh Chiropractic Can Relieve Headache and Migraine:
After diagnosing the source of your headaches, Dr. Sam will work to create an individualised treatment plan which could include low-force chiropractic adjustments, myofascial release, and exercise. These treatments will work to correct any underlying disorders in the spine or surrounding tissues which could be causing your chronic headache. Learn more about our headache treatment here.
Dr. Sam can enable patients in East Bentleigh, Mt. Waverley, Oakleigh, and Clayton to experience lasting relief of headache. Contact North Road Chiropractic for an appointment today.