Headaches at work? Migraines? How can we possibly help you at Lilliput Health?
Here’s how our Chiropractors can help get rid of those lingering, bandy headaches that you suffer with that make you feel as if your head is in a vice grip.
There are a variety of different types of headache that chiropractic care can help with. Those headaches you get whilst sitting down for long periods at the desk, staring a computer screen with rounded shoulders and your head so far forward your chin is more or less resting on your lap.. Yes, those headaches and you shouldn’t have to just put up with them. These headaches are posture related and usually arise from the muscles and joints of your upper neck and are described as “bandy” in nature and almost feels like it’s behind your eyes. These can last minutes, hours, days or even weeks and can be on and off depending on your activity levels (or inactivity levels). Formally known as “tension-type headaches’, they do exactly what they say on the tin, they create tension around your neck and head – referring pain to the back and sides of your head and your forehead.
What can a Chiropractor do to help me with my headaches?!
Well.. There are numerous ways we can help relieve the tension in the aforementioned tight muscles and restricted joints in your neck. We will help to improve your posture via advice and exercises, and educate you on breathing techniques. Breathing techniques help facilitate the muscles you are supposed to use while breathing rather than the ones around your neck, which us humans are prone to over-using. Dry needling (a form of acupuncture) can also be of assistance, you shouldn’t feel a thing as the needles are so fine, and it is very effective in releasing and relaxing the right musculature around the head and neck. Sounds like a dream right?! No more of those horrible nagging noggins! It’s our goal to make your day as pain free as possible and maximise your musculoskeletal potential.
What other types of headaches can be treated?
Other types of headache we can treat include:
- Cervicogenic headaches (a posh way of saying headaches which arise from a joint in your neck),
- Migraines and combination headaches (combination – meaning an amalgamation of a few different types of headache).
The treatment for these is similar to a tension type headache – joint manipulation (you may get a painless pop or click happen when we do this – which is very satisfying for both practitioner and patient), muscle stretching and trigger point therapy, exercise prescription, postural advice and/or dry needling.
Could my headache be caused by TMJ?
Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) dysfunction – This, in Lehmann’s terms is an imbalance in your jaw musculature or joints, which results in tension in the muscles that are used to chew and open/close your mouth. This can be caused by jaw clenching due to stress, bruxing at night (grinding your teeth without you knowing while you’re asleep), or a dental malocclusion (your teeth don’t quite sit right on each other). We can help with these factors via releasing off the muscles that are prone to being overused around your jaw, some gentle manipulation of the joints of your jaw, giving your some exercises which help facilitate underused muscles and relax overused ones, and resetting your jaws’ resting position for maximal relaxation.
If you are unfortunate enough to suffer with any of the headaches, and you feel they fit into the above categories, it would be a pleasure to have you down at Lilliput Health for a full and comprehensive examination of your problem. We are very thorough and there will not be a stone left unturned. It is our priority to rule out the more sinister causes of headaches (tumours, cysts, brain bleeds, meningitis), which are very rare so don’t be too alarmed, and to determine whether you are suitable for Chiropractic management or whether another form of care or further investigation is required. It is our prerogative to provide the best care and management for your problem and we have a passion for interdisciplinary care in order to optimise your recovery.
We hope you have found this article helpful and informative. Do not hesitate to contact us if you have any queries or concerns about your headaches or general musculoskeletal health.
Author – Dr Nicholas Watt DC BSc (Hons) MSc (Chiro)