There are many different types of headaches, please find some information below about some of the common types we see in the clinic.
Tension Type Headaches
These are the most common type of headaches and are like having a tight band around the head. The headaches are usually on both sides of the head but can be felt in the face, neck and shoulders. They can often be made worse towards the end of the day, and after long periods of stress or poor desk posture.
Migraine is a very common headache type and most people will have a family member or friend who suffers from migraines. They are described as a one sided dull ache developing into a severe throbbing that can be felt in the temples, base of the scull and top of the neck. They are usually aggravated by bright lights (photophobia) and loud noises (phonophobia), and can cause nausea, vomiting. Some migraine sufferers have what is known as an aura before the headaches starts. An aura is an onset of neurological symptoms often involving vision then begin 5-30 minutes before the headache starts. Most patients describe the sensation of seeing blurred or wavy lines, blurred vision or even loss of sight in part of the visual field.
Cervicogenic Headaches are headaches that stem from disorders of the top of the neck. The headaches are characterised by one-sided pain, starting at the base of the neck and travels to the side of the head and face. The pain is usually precipitated or aggravated by neck movement, or trauma such as road traffic collision.
Cluster headaches are attacks of very severe pain in one side of the head and face, they occur in clusters as suffered get many small episodes over a period of days/weeks before a period of remission. The pain usually begins unexpectedly and with no warning.
Dizziness can be truly debilitating and like headaches have many different types and subtypes. Below are some common types that present to us and can be helped or treated at Salford City Chiropractic.
Cervicogenic is a type of dizziness that comes from a dysfunction in the neck. The neck and surrounding structures have been shown to play a key role in balance. Trauma to the neck from incidents such as road traffic collisions can disrupt these inputs to balance. This causes normal neck movement to result in a feeling of dizziness, light-headedness, swaying or a swimming sensation.
Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV)
Another common dizziness presentation, BPPV is a disorder caused by a dysfunction in the inner ear and results in brief periods of intense dizziness (no longer that a minute) when moving the head into certain positions such as turning over in bed. Simple treatment treatments of moving the head into various positions and some similar home exercises can often cure the problem.