Are you bothered by a headache? Most of us have had headaches from time to time and know how much it can affect our daily lives. According to figures from Norwegian Health Informatics (NHI), 8 out of 10 have had headaches one or more times during the year. In some it occurs rarely, while others may be bothered far more frequently. There are several types of presentations that give different forms of headaches.
One of the most common forms of headaches is tension / stress headaches, and most often there are several causes for this. This type of headache can be aggravated by stress, a lot of caffeine, alcohol, dehydration, poor diet, tight neck muscles, etc. and is often experienced as a pressing / squeezing band around the forehead and head, as well as the neck in certain cases.
- Read more about stress headaches here (in Danish)
Migraines have a different presentation, and mainly affect younger to middle-aged women. Migraine attacks can have a so-called 'aura', where, for example, you experience light disturbances in front of your eyes before the attack itself starts. The presentation is a strong, pulsating pain that settles on one side of the head. During the seizure, which lasts for 4-24 hours, it is normal for the affected person to become very sensitive to light and sound.
- Read more about migraines here (in Danish)
When tight neck muscles and joints are the basis of the headache, this is referred to as cervical headache. This kind of headache is more common than most people think. Tension headaches and cervicogenic headaches usually overlap a good deal, forming what we call a combination headache. It has been found that headaches often result from tension and dysfunction in the muscles and joints at the top of the neck, upper back / shoulder blade muscles and the jaw. A chiropractor will work with both muscles and joints to provide you with functional improvement and symptom relief. This treatment will be adapted to each patient based on a thorough examination, which also takes into account the patient's overall health situation. The treatment will most likely consist of joint corrections, muscle work, ergonomic / posture counseling as well as other treatments that are appropriate for the individual patient.
- Read more about neck headaches here (in Danish)
What can I do even against neck pain and headache (cervicogenic headache)?
1. General exercise, specific exercise, stretching and activity are recommended, but stay within the pain limit. Two walks a day of 20-40 minutes make good for the whole body and sore muscles.
2. Trigger point / massage balls we strongly recommend - they come in different sizes so you can hit well even on all parts of the body. There is no better self help than this! We recommend the following (click the image below) - which is a complete set of 5 trigger point / massage balls in different sizes:
3. Training: Specific training with training tricks of various opponents (such as this complete set of 6 knits of different resistance) can help you train strength and function. Knit training often involves more specific training, which in turn can lead to more effective injury prevention and pain reduction.
4. Pain Relief - Cooling: Biofreeze is a natural product that can relieve pain by cooling the area gently. Cooling is especially recommended when the pain is very severe. When they have calmed down then heat treatment is recommended - it is therefore advisable to have both cooling and heating available.
5. Pain Relief - Heating: Warming up tight muscles can increase blood circulation and reduce pain. We recommend the following reusable hot / cold gasket (click here to read more about it) - which can be used both for cooling (can be frozen) and for heating (can be heated in the microwave).
6. Prevention and healing: Compression noise like that like this can increase blood circulation to the affected area, thereby speeding up the natural healing of injured or worn muscles and tendons.
Recommended products for pain relief in pain
Biofreeze (Cold / cryotherapy)
Prolonged and frequent use of painkillers is one of the most common causes of chronic headaches.
Rare types of headaches:
- Cluster Headache / cluster headaches most commonly affected men are reported as one of the most painful disorders we have, also called Horton's headache.
- Headaches caused by other illnesses: infections and fever, sinus problems, high blood pressure, brain tumor, poisoning injury.
Common causes of headache and headache
- Malfunction in the neck muscles and joints
- Head injuries and neck injuries, i.a. whiplash
- Jaw tension and bite failure
- Drug use
- Patients with migraine have an inherited hypersensitivity to the nervous system
- Menstruation and other hormonal changes, especially in those with migraines
Head anatomy: Muscles and head muscles
In the picture we see the muscles in the head and face - plus some of the most important anatomical landmarks in the head and face.
Clinically proven effect on headache relief.
Chiropractic treatment, consisting of neck mobilization / manipulation and muscle work techniques, has a clinically proven effect on the relief of headaches. A systematic review of studies, a meta-study, conducted by Bryans et al (2011), published as “Evidence-based guidelines for the chiropractic treatment of adults with headaches. ” concluded that neck manipulation has a soothing, positive effect on both migraine and cervicogenic headaches - and thus should be included in the standard guidelines for the relief of this type of headache.
What does a chiropractor do?
Muscle, joint and nerve pain: These are things that a chiropractor can help prevent and treat. Chiropractic treatment is mainly about restoring movement and joint function that can be impaired by mechanical pain. This is done by so-called joint correction or manipulation techniques, as well as joint mobilization, stretching techniques, and muscular work (such as trigger point therapy and deep soft tissue work) on the involved muscles. With increased function and less pain, it may be easier for individuals to engage in physical activity, which in turn will have a positive effect on both energy and health.
Many headache patients benefit from chiropractic treatment. Headaches and migraines are often linked to malfunctions of the joints and muscles of the shoulder arches, neck, neck and head. Chiropractic treatment seeks to restore normal functioning of the musculoskeletal system and nervous system to reduce pain, promote overall health and improve quality of life.
How to prevent headaches and headaches
- Live healthy and exercise regularly
- Seek well-being and avoid stress in everyday life
- Stay in good physical shape
- If you use painkillers regularly, consider stopping this for a few weeks. If you have a medication-induced headache, you will experience that you will get better over time.
Exercises, training and ergonomic considerations.
An expert in muscle and skeletal disorders can, based on your diagnosis, inform you of the ergonomic considerations you need to take to prevent further damage, thus ensuring the fastest possible healing time. After the acute part of the pain is over, in most cases you will also be assigned home exercises that also help to reduce the chance of relapse. In the case of chronic ailments, it is necessary to go through the motor movements you do in everyday life, so as to be able to weed out the cause of your pain occurring time and again.
Lecture or ergonomic fit for your business?
If you want a lecture or ergonomic fit for your company, please contact us. Studies have shown positive effects of such measures (Punnett et al, 2009) in the form of reduced sick leave and increased work productivity.
HELP - This can help with headaches:
Ergonomic cervical pillow - of latex (click here to read more):
Does it work? Ja, the evidence from several good studies (Grimmer-Sommers 2009, Gordon 2010) is clear: Cervical ergonomic pillow of latex is there Best you can rest your head on to Reduce neck pain, shoulder / arm pain, as well as better sleep quality and comfort. Invest in your own health already today by click here to read sea. The network house we have linked to also sends to Norway.
This concludes the studies when it comes to proper pillow use:
... "This study provides evidence to support recommendation of rubber pillows in the management of waking cervical pain, and to improve sleep quality and pillow comfort. » … - Grimmer-Sommers 2009: J Man Ther. 2009 Dec;14(6):671-8.
... "Latex pillows can be recommended over any other type of control waking headache and scapular / arm pain.»… - Gordon 2010: Pillow use: the behavior of cervical stiffness, headache and scapular / arm pain. J Pain Res. 2010 Aug 11;3:137-45.
- Chin-up / pull-up exercise bar can be an excellent exercise tool to have at home. It can be attached and detached from the door frame without the use of a drill or tool.
- Cross-trainer / ellipse machine: Excellent fitness training. Good for promoting movement in the body and exercising overall.
- Grip-cleaning tools can help strengthen relevant hand muscles and thus help to work out muscle dysfunction.
- Rubber exercise knit is an excellent tool for you who need to strengthen the shoulder, arm, core and more. Gentle but effective training.
- Kettlebells is a very effective form of training that produces fast and good results.
- Rowing Machines is one of the best forms of training you can use to get good overall strength.
- Spinning ergometer bike: Good to have at home, so you can increase the amount of exercise throughout the year and get better fitness.
- Click here to read more on adlibris or amazon.
- Bryans, R. et al. Evidence-based Guidelines for the Chiropractic Treatment of Adults with Headache. J Manipulative Physiol Ther. 2011 Jun; 34 (5): 274-89.
- Norwegian Health Informatics (NHI - www.nhi.no)
- Punnett, L. et al. A Conceptual Framework for Integrating Workplace Health Promotion and Occupational Ergonomics Programs. Public Health Rep. , 2009; 124 (Suppl 1): 16–25.
- Do you suffer from headaches? Maybe you have been diagnosed with migraines? Feel free to ask us questions in the comments field if you have any questions.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Q: I hurt the right side of my head. What could be the cause of it?
Answer: Without more information, it is impossible to make a diagnosis - but it can be said that migraine attacks are unilateral, just as many combination headaches and cervicogenic headaches are also unilateral. You must inform a clinician about the duration, intensity, frequency of seizures and other possible symptoms such as photosensitivity, sound sensitivity, nausea, vomiting or other.
- Related questions with the same answer: 'Why do you get pain on one side of the head?'
Q: I have nerve pain in my head on the left side. Why do I have it?
Nerve pain in the head is a little unknown to us, but we suppose you mean nerve pain in the head. Nerve irritation can occur in the neck, transition to the skull, jaw and to the temples or trigeminal nerve. The latter is then called trigeminal neuralgia. Other diagnoses that may be experienced as nerve pain or nerve pain are tension headaches, cervicogenic headache or combination headaches.
Related questions with the same answer: 'Have nerve pain in my head - what can I do?'
Q: Can a headache cause poor focus?
If you think about mental focus, then it is natural that headaches can have a dehabilitating effect on concentration and mental performance. You may also experience visual disturbances in connection with so-called aura (often in the form of dots or various patterns in the visual field), which often occur before a migraine attack.
Q: How often is it common to have a headache?
Answer: According to figures from the NHI, 8 out of 10 have a head injury several times a year. There are several variable factors that play a role here, including what kind of headache you have. Several types of headaches (tension headache, cervicogenic headache, migraines) can be reduced both in frequency and intensity by musculoskeletal therapy in the form of physiotherapy, chiropractic or manual therapy.
Q: Have a headache that is amplified by bright light. What could it be?
Pain in the head that is exacerbated by strong light or that you become sensitive to light is a characteristic that suggests migraines. Migraines are a one-sided form of headache that can occur with or without warning in the form of aura. Certain other types of headaches can also be aggravated by bright light.
Why do I have a headache when I look right, left, up and down?
The most common reason is overuse of the eye muscles. Another possible cause is sinusitis / sinusitis. Similar symptoms may also be due to migraine symptoms / ailments. Do the symptoms also include blurred vision, red-eye or pain in the eyeball itself? If so, you should contact your GP for examination.
Headache in forehead app. What could it be?
Headache in the forehead may be due to tension pain, also known as stress headache, but also reference pain from the muscles at the top of the neck, neck and in the transition between neck and chest (upper trapezius is a common cause of such headache).
Can you get a headache from neck muscles?
Yes, both the neck muscles and the neck joints can provide a basis for headaches. When anatomical structures in the neck cause headaches and headaches, this is called cervicogenic headaches (neck-related headaches). Some common muscles and joints that cause headaches are the upper trapezius muscle and the lower and upper joints of the neck.