Headaches & Migraines

Chronic Headaches and Migraines - common causes

By

Damien Cummins

Physiotherapist, Practice Director

Tuesday, November 3, 2020

If you’re a sufferer of chronic headaches or migraines, you don’t need convincing that they’re one of the most painful, debilitating conditions you could possibly suffer.

Millions upon millions of dollars a year are spent on trying to find relief from this crippling illness. But what causes migraines?

Basically it’s a decrease in oxygen to the brain. If the brain receives less oxygen per millilitre of blood, it will simply increase the amount of blood flow to increase the overall amount of oxygen received. In order to increase the amount of blood flow it must dilate the blood vessels that supply blood to the brain. When these vessels dilate, it stretches pain fibres that wrap around the outside of these vessels. When these pain fibres are stretched they are activated and start sending pain signals into the brain, resulting in your perception of pain.

Headaches and migraines may also be caused by a misalignment or dysfunction of a vertebra in the top of the neck. This then causes inflammation and tension of the joints, muscles and blood vessels at the base of the neck, which then transfers pain up into the skull.

So what can help?

Gentle but specific adjustments to the neck and upper back can help to restore the normal alignment and function of the vertebrae in the neck, which removes the tension that causes headache and migraine symptoms. As well as removing the tension, the inflammation around the joints, muscles and blood vessels is decreased and the pain fibres begin to be deactivated.

There are other factors that contribute to headaches, but these figures, and everyday experiences show that neck problems are a huge contributor.

Do you suffer from headaches or migraines? The answer may be simple. Come in and see what we can do.

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By

Damien Cummins

Physiotherapist, Practice Director

Damien Cummins has been practicing physiotherapy for 29 years, having graduated from Sydney University in 1990. His junior years as a physio began at John Hunter...

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