Reco Spinal Centre

Headache Treatment Bristol

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What are the types of headaches?

When patients visit our clinic in Bristol suffering from a headache, our experts first assess and diagnose the type of headache they have.

  • Cervicogenic headaches originate from an issue in the neck that spreads to cause pain in the head. The pain is often accompanied by a reduced range of motion and tender points in the neck area.
  • Tension type headaches usually feel like a tight band around the head with a dull, mild to moderate pain.
  • Migraines are severe headaches that cause throbbing, pulsing pain on one side of the head. Symptoms can include sensitivity to light and sound, anxiety, nausea, dizziness and vomiting.
  • Cluster headaches are recurrent severe attacks of pain that usually occur on one side of the head around an eye. Pain can stop and start suddenly.

What are the causes of headaches?

For people that have put up with recurring headaches for long periods of time, finding a solution can be life changing. Causes of headaches are not always easy to pin-point but our highly trained specialists can diagnose the type of headache from a patient’s symptoms and narrow down the possible issues.

Tension type headaches can be caused by physical or mental triggers such as: stress, depression, anxiety, sleeping awkwardly, eye strain and injury. Excessive alcohol use, caffeine and smoking can also be contributing factors.

Cervicogenic headaches are usually caused by a physical issue originating in the neck. Incorrect posture and certain movements put the muscles, ligaments and joints under pressure.

It’s not known what causes migraines but some people find they are triggered by lifestyle choices: not eating regularly, drinking too much caffeine and not getting enough exercise. Others believe anxiety, stress and depression can be factors.

As with migraines, the cause of a cluster headache can be hard to determine. Smoking, drinking alcohol and the smell of solvents are some of the triggers that can cause an attack.

Treatment for headaches

People often turn to over-the-counter painkillers for a short-term solution to mild headaches but they do not address the core issue. Chiropractic treatment by a specialist is the best way to find long-term relief.

Following an initial consultation, the specialists at Reco Spinal Centre can provide a patient with a course of treatment specific to the type of headache they’re experiencing – exposing the triggers and source of the problem.

Our experienced chiropractors and therapists can use a range of treatments designed to reduce and release pressure on nerves, improve joint mobilisation, ease muscle tension and treat misalignments of the spinal vertebrae.

Prevention of headaches

Our Bristol based specialists work on a case-by-case basis to help a patient make lifestyle adjustments so they can find long-term solutions to prevent headaches.

Suggested lifestyle choices and home treatments include: sleeping and eating regularly, a programme of exercise and daily stretches, finding ways to manage stress and anxiety through relaxation techniques, eating a healthy diet and staying well hydrated.

In addition to this, and depending on the type of headache the person suffers, regular chiropractic treatment may be advised.

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