Headaches and Migraines: Frequently Asked Questions

What are the different types of headaches and migraines?

There are several different types of headaches and migraines; the three most common are;

1. Cerviocogenic: Felt in the eyes’ head, jaw, forehead, ears, and back. They are usually caused by poor posture, heavy lifting, or whiplash.
2. Tension: Affects your entire head and is often described as feeling like there is a tight band around your head, hence, tension in the name. Tension headaches are most common and caused by several things, including sickness, fatigue, hunger, withdrawals, screens, etc.
3. Migraines: Will only be felt on either the left or right side of the head. Migraines are considered a disorder and reoccur frequently. Causes include loud noises, bright or flashing lights, hormonal changes, etc.

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Are migraines genetic?

The short answer – yes
It is estimated genetics play one of the most significant roles in causing migraines. Although the root cause is currently unknown, researchers do understand other factors can include environment and lifestyle.

Can Physiotherapy treat Migraines and headaches?

Yes! Your Healthx Physiotherapist will conduct a thorough assessment to identify the most effective treatment and preventative actions that will reduce your pain and suffering. Treatment may consist of:
• Manual and Manipulative Therapy
• Gunn IMS (Intra-muscular stimulation) using sterile needles.
• Deep soft tissue massage and Active Release Therapy (ART)
• Postural correction and biomechanical analysis
• Cervical stabilization and strengthening exercises
• Specific stretches for affected neck and upper back muscles
• Identifying triggers and strategies to avoid them

What Causes Migraines?

Migraines are neurological and reoccurring disorders. They have various triggers, the most common are as follows;
• Stress or changes in the environment
• strong smells
• loud noises
• bright or flashing lights
• Lack of sleep