• There are many different types of headache, some more serious than others. As many as 10 million Britons suffer from severe headaches. In 2012, NICE (National Institute for Clinical Excellence) released new guidelines regarding the diagnosis and management of headaches.
  • NICE said that taking too many painkillers (particularly taking aspirin, ibuprofen or paracetamol) every day or every other day can make the brain more sensitive to pain therefore leaving the sufferer prone to further headaches. These guidelines also highlight the potential benefit of medical acupuncture for certain types of headache. All our practitioners are registered and trained in medical acupuncture, including techniques used for treating headaches and the prevention of migraines.
  • As with any problem, our Chiropractors will carry out a full history and examination to identify the nature of your headaches. They are well equipped in identifying those headaches that can benefit from manual therapy and those that require onward referral.
  • Often headaches can have a cervicogenic component, meaning that the structures in the neck may be causing or aggravating the headache. In these cases treatment from our practitioners can offer relief in the frequency and intensity of your headaches.
  • If your headache is cervicogenic in nature or has cervicogenic components the treatment offered will aim to normalise the joint function and decrease muscle spasm in the neck. This can be achieved using a variety of different methods including spinal manipulation, mobilisation, medical acupuncture, dry needling for pain control, massage, advice and home exercises. Examination and treatment are usually done on the same day.
  • This effective treatment is generally painless although you may feel some short term discomfort if your neck is already sore or your headache is acute. Our practitioners may advise you on nutrition, posture, lifestyle and stress, information that can be very beneficial when addressing headaches.

Useful links for headache

NICE, National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence Guideline for the management of Low Back pain


Effectiveness of manual therapy for chronic tension-type headache: a pragmatic, randomised, clinical trial. Castien RF, van der Windt DA, Grooten A, Dekker J. Cephalagia. 2011 Jan, 31(2):133-43

Dose response and efficacy of spinal manipulation for chronic cervicogenic headache: a pilot randomised controlled trial. Haas M, Spegman a, Aicken M&Vavrek D. The Spine journal 2010; 10:117-128.


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