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treatment for migraine and headacheIf you are experiencing headache disorders, you are not alone.

Statistics show that the lifetime prevalence rate of Singaporeans experiencing significant headaches is more than 82%. Annual productivity loss from these headaches is estimated to exceed S$1 billion annually!

Some people experience headaches frequently, while others are more occasional. But what is there to do - headaches and migraines are just a normal part of life, right?

No! Chiropractic care can help with that pesky throbbing pain - it's been proven to alleviate many types of headache disorders effectively.

Headache and migraine sufferers rejoice! If you have:

  • tension-type headaches,
  • cervicogenic (originating from the neck) headaches or
  • migraines

Chiropractors can likely not only help you to alleviate the pain, but also tackle the underlying root causes of the condition!

Your primary care doctor may treat a migraine or tension-type headache with medications. However, this is often a temporary fix and does not address underlying problems of the spine/body mechanics or nerves which may be involved.

In fact, there is a specific type of headache disorder caused by this treatment plan: medication overuse headache. Imagine you thought you had cured your original headache issues with medications, only to find a new daily persistent headache!

Get rid of your head pains once and for all with Elite Spine Centres chiropractic treatment options.

Visit our expert chiropractors today to find out more about headache disorders and the best treatment plan for your pain.

Headache Disorders: The Basics

There are many types of headache disorders. However, for this section, we will focus on headaches and migraines.

Headaches and migraines can show similar symptoms. Thus, they may often be confused with each other or even used as synonyms. But we're here to set the record straight.

In order for our chiropractors to cure your headaches, you've got to know the basics. The more you know, the more you tell us, and the better we can create a treatment strategy to get rid of your headache disorder!

Headache

A headache usually occurs either on the front, back, or both sides of the head, such as in common tension headaches.

Associated symptoms of a headache include pain in the neck, back, shoulders and even on areas of the face such as the eyes and ears.

Migraine

Migraines are a form of headache disorder that is a bit rarer.

Having a migraine can cause

  • severe pain,
  • dizziness,
  • nausea and vomiting,
  • sensitivity to light, smell and sound,
  • and even disability.

Migraines usually occur on just one side of the head.

While your primary care physician might prescribe medications, they only temporarily suppress the pain signals in the brain. It does not provide a permanent solution and may lead to negative side effects in the long run, such as medication overuse headache.

Compare that with Elite Spine Centres.

We look at the nervous system and your spinal health to treat your pain from a headache or migraine.

And that's not even the best part. In many cases correcting the underlying spine, joint and muscle/tendon imbalances may eliminate them once and for all!

Headache Disorders: Trigger Factors

Headache Disorders

Headache disorders have various triggers or causes, which can vary among different individuals. This can include environmental stimuli, foods and behaviours.

Here are some things that could cause your headache disorder:

  • Bright lights
  • Stress
  • Loud noises
  • Lifestyle changes
  • Blood sugar changes
  • Insomnia
  • Excessive exercise
  • Chronic dehydration

And that's not all.

The majority of primary headache patients’ symptoms are linked to muscle tension and poor joint mechanics in the neck.

Meanwhile, many people these days lead a somewhat sedentary lifestyle, meaning you probably spend many hours per week in a fixed position (i.e. sitting in front of a computer or on your handphone). Thus, you are more prone to joint irritation and muscle tension in the neck and upper back, which can lead to nerve irritation and headaches.

Headaches may also, at times, be triggered along with vertigo. If so, it’s best to consult your chiropractor to determine the root cause and if any other conditions may need to be ruled out.

On the other hand, a migraine may be triggered differently. In addition to they are affected by things such as:

  • Hormonal changes
  • Diet
  • Medications use
  • Physical injuries

For example, consuming high intakes of processed food and alcohol can trigger more frequent migraine attacks.

It might be a warning sign from your body urging you to start making some lifestyle changes!

A neck or head injury can induce migraines as well. This is because any physical trauma to these areas can cause inflammation of the nerves and joints, causing migraines to flare up over time.

Types Of Headache Disorders

We've covered the basics of headache disorders and we've looked at the difference between a headache and a migraine.

Now, let us move on to the main types of headaches.

Primary Headache

Primary headaches are headaches that are not caused by an underlying condition. In other words, the headache is the condition itself rather than a symptom of something else altogether.

A primary headache is also usually related to cervicogenic headaches. The pressure on the muscles, nerves and blood vessels in the neck and head are the cause of the pain. Thus, when we treat that pressure, we are also directly treating your headache.

If your symptoms persist, it may be a secondary headache instead.

Tension-Type Headache

A tension headache is normally caused by inflammation of the nerves at the base of the head, and muscle tightness. Therefore, they are commonly linked to psychological triggers such as stress and anxiety.

The symptoms of tension-type headaches are

  • Dull, aching head pain
  • A sensation of tightness or pressure across your forehead or on the back and sides of your head
  • Tenderness on your scalp, neck and shoulder muscles

Secondary Headache

Secondary headaches are headaches that are caused by medical conditions or diseases. This means that having a headache is a symptom of something else.

If you want the pain to go away, you have to treat the root of the problem instead of just your headache symptoms. For example, a secondary headache can be triggered by the flu, sinusitis, tumours, glaucoma, blood clots or medication.

Migraine

A migraine is triggered by hormonal changes, certain foods, weather and sometimes medication use, among other causes.

Migraine attacks can last anywhere from hours to days, and the pain might be severe enough to prevent you from going about your normal activities. A warning sign known as an aura might appear before or with the migraine for some people. An aura can be:

  • flashes of light
  • blind patches
  • tingling on one side of the face, arm or leg
  • trouble speaking

Proven, Effective Treatment For Headache Disorders Singapore

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If you wake up with a throbbing headache or migraine, what do you do to try and get rid of it?

Do you lie down and rest? Do you pop painkillers into your system and hope it goes away?

You’d be delighted to know you actually have much better alternatives.

Many of the patients that come to visit us for other concerns such as neck stiffness may often note that they have “normal headaches”, almost as an afterthought. What they mean is they experience mild yet persistent headaches so often that they think the pain is normal.

The normal amount of pain at any time should be zero.

Often, pain is the way your body shows you warning signs that something isn’t operating the way that it should be.

Let us bring you relief with our Elite Spine chiropractic treatment strategy. Our signature Functional Correction Method (FCM) combines the best in modern chiropractic strategies along with soft tissue therapy and rehabilitative exercises to fully address your concerns.

Research shows that spinal manipulation—one of the primary treatments doctors of chiropractic are trained to perform—has proven effective against tension headaches and migraines.

Chiropractors have the specialised training needed to restore proper mobility to the spine and joints in order to relieve pressure from the nerves and tissues in the neck, thus improving your headache or migraine.

A 2014 report published in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics (JMPT) showed that chiropractic management improved outcomes for patients who suffer from migraines and cervicogenic headaches.

That's not all.

Coupled with other treatment options, chiropractic care can cure your headaches and even provide prevention against them in the future! This means that sometimes our chiropractors will employ other therapies or lifestyle advice to help you overcome your headache and migraine attacks.

Headaches, Migraines And Chiropractic Care

Chiropractic Care

Chiropractors have extensive training in anatomy, physiology, and diagnosis that goes well beyond back pain treatment.

They are equipped to fully understand how tension in the spine and surrounding tissues can cause problems in other parts of the body. This allows our chiropractors to provide treatment and lifestyle advice to relieve those problems effectively.

Compared to the typical approach of symptoms management via medication, doctors of chiropractic can deal with the problem right at the root. Thus, your headache or migraine is unlikely to come back, with the added bonus of avoiding medication overuse headache!

If you are suffering from a migraine or headache, our chiropractors may perform the following to treat your headache or migraine attack:

  • Our signature Functional Correction Method (FCM): Your Elite Spine chiropractor will perform specific chiropractic adjustments to alleviate the stress on your system and improve spinal function.
  • Utilise unique treatment strategies: Applying detailed soft-tissue therapy and mobility will help with muscle relaxation and reduce inflammation, and restore proper range of motion and balance to the affected regions.
  • Provide lifestyle advice:  This may include suggestions regarding exercise, relaxation techniques, posture, diet, and ergonomics.i

Elite Spine Centres takes a holistic approach to your treatment and the prevention of future recurrent headaches.

This means we consider everything from your family history to your lifestyle habits to find solutions you deserve in order to restore your health.

Live A Pain-Free Life Today

No matter the types of headaches or migraines you experience, our excellent chiropractors will help you effectively resolve any issues you face. In rare events that we aren't able to help, rest assured that we will help you find the right solutions.

It's pretty sufficient to say that if you are suffering from regular migraines or headaches, our well-trained chiropractors at Elite Spine Centres can help you feel better and teach you how to stay that way!

Feel free to contact us through our social media or give us a call for more details.