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101 Physio- Head Aches and Migraines

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At 101 Physio we know you are in significant pain when you visit us for the first time, so we don't mess you around with symantics and a lot of medical terms. From our initial consultation and assessment of your pain condition, we advise you on the best course of treatment for your specific pain symptoms/condition. In consultation with you we implement a custom treatment and management program.

Definition of a Head Ache

A head ache is defined as a continuous pain in the head and/or upper neck. Almost everyone has suffered or will suffer from a head ache at some point in their lifetime, some unfortunately with regular repetition.

The most common types of headaches are tension head aches, migraine head aches, cluster head aches and sinus head aches.

Tension Head Ache

Tension Head Ache is the most common type of head ache, mainly affecting adults and adolescents (more common in women) and is mostly attributed to muscle contraction, evolving over a period of hours or days and when untreated can continue for a sustained period of time. Tension Head Aches are generally felt on both sides of your head in the frontal temporal (sides), occipital (back) regions of the head and upper neck. Some common causes for tension head aches are physical and emotional stress.

Migraine Head Ache

Migraine headaches are recurrent throbbing or pounding headaches that favours one side of your head, often accompanied with nausea and vomiting, temporary visual impairment (disruption of your normal visual field), hypersensitivity to sound, smell and light. Migraine pain can be moderate to severe,lasting up to 3 days and usually occur 1 to 4 times per month. Migraine sufferers are mainly women (can start in childhood). A family history of migraines is extremely common among sufferers. Migraine headaches can be initiated by sleep pattern changes, diet, use of birth control pills, and menstruation in women patients.

Cluster Head Ache

Cluster headaches are rare and affect mainly the male population. They occur in ‘clusters’ followed by headache-free remission periods and are felt on one side of the head and/or around or behind one eye. The pain has a deep burning quality and the pain level is severe. Cluster head ache's mainly occur approximately 90 minutes after falling asleep and will repeat two to three times a day and last for 45 minutes to 1 hour. Cluster head aches can be brought on by small amounts of alcohol consumption, a change in sleep patterns, histamines, nitrates, general health and high altitude.

Sinus Head Ache

Sinus headache is caused by inflammation of the sinuses likely the result of an allergic reaction, infection. The pain associated with a sinus headache is a constant and deep pressure in the cheekbones, forehead, or bridge of the nose. Sinus Head aches can be extremely painful and debilitating causing a severe decrease in the quality of life for many sufferers.

The good news is Head Aches and Migraine Pain is Treatable.

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