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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.


Tension headache (stress headache)

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)


Cervicogenic headache (neck headache)

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:

trigger point balls

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.


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Drug-induced headache

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.


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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
- Stress
- 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

Facial musculature

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.


What is a Chiropractor?


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.


Folding knife abdominal exercise on therapy ball


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.


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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.


Also read:

- Backache?

- Pain in the neck?

- Sore in the lower back?



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  1. 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.
  2. Norwegian Health Informatics (NHI - www.nhi.no)
  3. 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.


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8 replies
  1. Nina says:

    Wondering what really happens after cerebral hemorrhage with hemiplegia.

    What can you tell us about connective tissue in this regard. I have benefited greatly from shock wave, massage and chiropractor. How can I know I can no longer repair. I'm pretty good, but will continue if I can get better. Do not get answers in the public health service, they feel I thought demanding. But, I'm not the type to give up.

    Regards Nina

    • vondt.net says:

      Hi Nina,

      There can be a number of changes after cerebral haemorrhage. Nerves, muscles, joints and connective tissue can all be affected to varying degrees.

      We think that you have found treatment that works for you is fantastic.

      Shockwave - Causes many microtraumas and thus stimulates a repair process in the treated area; especially tendons and connective tissue may respond well to this.

      Massage - Increased blood circulation and well-being.

      Chiropractor - Joint mobilization and adapted muscular techniques / stretching.

      We need a little more info to answer a little more thoroughly.

      1) When did you have a brain haemorrhage?

      2) Which muscles have been most affected?

      3) How have you experienced connective tissue change yourself?

      Looking forward to hearing from you.

      Have a nice day still.

      • Nina says:

        I feb. In 2009 I had a brain haemorrhage.

        What I do not quite get the hang of is the calf muscle on the right leg, mostly at the top outside / behind.
        Had a drop foot, but I fixed it. Has also regained the feeling in the whole leg, except in the middle of the foot towards the whole. It's an area that is disappearing. Otherwise, I am quite hypersensitive underfoot. But this is how it has been for a long time every time I have had a feeling back in the whole right side. Has dissolved a lot inside the foot, can actually roll over without shoes. Uses only MBT shoes (since 5 years before the battle). Everyone in the hospital wanted me to buy regular shoes, but I refused.

        Has some problems in the thigh muscle in the back and feels a little in the buttocks (insignificant). Had a shoulder that hung forward (a lot of pain) and the foot pointed outward (saw it on tracks in the snow) did not limp, only when I got very tired. My massage therapist, Eli Anne Hansen (has massaged me since week 2 in the hospital, then every 5 days. Now every week she works) would try to do something with more blouses in the groin in a way. So then she used shock wave first, at the top of the thigh and up the side and towards the hip. Then it was probably almost 1 hour of massage. I sit in so much silence so just then I walked a bit in the field for oats (has 400 acres of grain). Didn't notice much the first few days, but it's normal.

        I think it was 4 or 5 days, then I got the shoulder in place, the hip back (got me straightened up) and then, amazingly, the foot was as straight as the other. I kind of did not go on the outer leather anymore. But then I had to change shoes, because I had gone completely wrong and the danger of stepping over was very great. With new shoes, I went straight. Great transition!
        Then came the worst problem, namely the intestines, they also had to be involved. They were stretched backwards so I could barely breathe. Støl x 10 at least. Do not laugh, do not cough, almost do not turn me in bed, at least do not press the toilet, yes it was actually a hell of 2-3 days. Then it was over.

        Have probably gone back a bit, but I have tried the old shoes and it is completely impossible to walk in them. I do not see my shoulder when I stand either. This is 2 years ago.

        Unfortunately, there was a physiotherapist who even said he was a self-taught manual therapist (I know that is not possible) but he was so great somehow. Without warning, he stretched my neck by bending my chin down to my chest (lying on a bench, on my back) so hard that my fingers trembled as if under my ear on both sides. Then he turned what he could to the right, and I go after. Then he turned completely to the left, but then it was so painful that I could not give in. I could not say anything either. I was probably in shock. But that's a different story. At least he ruined my healthy left side, moved his jaw. And I no longer have my head in the right place, but skewed to the right. Appeared on x-ray. Lots of pain, especially in the left arm, decreased sensitivity, etc. So now I have 2 serious conditions to deal with, not easy. This happened on (… censored by vondt.net… we do not allow hanging out of individuals or clinics in our comment fields)

        Well, ang connective tissue change, it feels like; bandaged, embalmed and bandaged again. Stiff and hard.
        But shock wave and massage on the whole thigh and half ass has become very good. In the beginning, when I sat on the toilet, I sat (in my head) completely at an angle. As if I was sitting on a half brick. Suddenly a few days after treatment it was completely gone. Had had many treatments with shock, but suddenly hit it off. Has been good since, but if I try to sit on the floor it feels like I am sitting and waffling on a silicone pillow inside one butt ball, not comfortable.

        So, what did you think now?

        • hurt says:

          Hi again, Nina,

          Oops, this was a lot of information to take in. You have to be a strong woman who has handled this so well.

          So it sounds like you had an impact on the left hemisphere - and that it affected the area towards the right leg / foot. You otherwise mention shoulder - is it also on the right side?

          You mention that you use MBT. Does it work well for you? Or have you got new shoes now?

          Uff, did not sound good with the 'self-taught' manual therapist. Manual therapist is a protected title, so he was not allowed to call himself that at all.

          But good to hear that shockwave / pressure wave and massage work well for you at least.

          Has any kind of instrumental connective tissue massage been used, by the way?

          • Nina says:

            It asks what do you mean by instrumental connective tissue massage?

            Yes, lamb all over the right side. The mouth hung and the shoulder hung. Could not use right hand, it was locked in bent position.

            Had to have help to turn me in bed, go to the bathroom etc. Language was fine, just a little slower. But I slept for a whole week almost in a row in the intensive care unit. Did not even eat.

            I only have BMT shoes, the doctor at the hospital did not fully understand that this was why I went without aids after 1 week in the intensive care unit and 1 week in the medical department when they took the pulpit from me and gave me a walker. I did not want that, so I went without.

            Got so sore in the back from walking so forward. Besides, I had already trained a lot, in bed. But they did not believe it. Did not use walker. Due to the MBT shoes I had a very good balance. The doctor said: I see it, but I do not think so, really. Will never stop with them.

            It will be a case at the Patient Injury Office, he also did not say what he should do. I went home the next day. Should rather have had several such blows as I have had. Then you can at least train again. Now I've probably got an injury for life. I'm actually worse now than the year after the battle. Pain in the neck all the time. My chiropractor said he had turned his spine. Uff there is so much. Very much jaw pain too. Yes, yes, now I have to sleep a little.

          • hurt says:

            Hi again, Nina,

            You seem like a very strong woman who has been through so much. Well done and keep going.

            Instrumental connective tissue massage is when you use tools to loosen tight tendons and the like - one of the most common techniques is called Graston. But if you have good use of massage and pressure wave then I think you should stick to it.

            Uff then, there will be a hectic mtp case at the patient injury office, but you will be lucky. A therapist should always inform the patient what is being done.

            There is a reason why doctors, manual therapists and chiropractors are protected titles. It is so that those with less competence can not do such things that happened to you…

            - Regarding jaw pain - do you know if you grind your teeth at night? And did you know that muscle knots in the jaw often respond very well to treatment by a chiropractor?

            Read more here:

  2. Nina says:

    Has a very good chiropractor in Hamar. Had it not been for him, I would hardly have endured more. I've used him since long before the battle.

    I had so much numbness in my hands that I had it examined with electricity at the hospital and they would operate on both hands. Coincidentally, I was but my oldest boy. He told me about my operation next week.
    'He laughed a little and said; are you going to have a Donald operation? ”

    We are well known, so he said that if I did not get well within 6 treatments, I would get my money back. It took 4 treatments and has been good since for 15 years.

    But I have a neck injury from 30 years ago. It locks occasionally, but not every year. Skar has taken X-rays both before the battle and after, it is the same 3 points. In the neck, a little below the shoulder blades and in the pelvis (caused by my firstborn who had to have a caesarean section, eventually. Then I thought he came through my back.) It went well, but he got a kiss / kidd neck in 1984. Was not done something with, he struggles a lot with this and migraines. Still lucky.

    But after the new neck thing 2 years ago, I now have 8 points in my spine. And the top (atlas?) Is no longer correct.

    Also, he moved his jaw so that the up and down no longer matched and I had very problems with my right jaw. Bet ice presses 5-6 grinders with crowns I have on some teeth. The injury was at the end of May 2013 and I could not chew vegetables or meat. For Christmas, I tried myself at Christmas dinner. After a few mouthfuls, it slammed like a gunshot in the right ear. And I could not close my mouth. It passed during Christmas Eve, but I was not full that day. Anyway, it got better on the right side. But now I soon have no more teeth to destroy, but it wears completely differently now than before. I also can not keep my teeth together as before. I also can not find a place to relax my jaw, only when I put my head on the pillow. Does not gnash teeth at night, does not always manage to keep mouth shut.

    The pillow is often very wet when I wake up. The most difficult thing is, for example, in the church, unable to keep his head in place during the entire service. Must somehow lay it from me, either in my hands (lean forward) or find support in the wall behind, which is not found in the church. Not that I am a regular there, but occasionally. At home I got a good chair with a headrest. And moved the TV higher (progressive glasses) Could many times hang the TV on the ceiling to get away from the pain. It also scratches on the left side, sounds good to me. In addition, I have received a type of beeping sound that increases and decreases in volume.

    Now you can probably soon wonder what is not wrong, and I am completely embarrassed about everything I, in a way, complain about. I almost get the feeling of sounding like a hypochondriac. Sad but true. Should have given a lot for just having the battle to work with. In these 6, almost 7 years, I have spent about NOK 260 on massage, shock wave and chiropractor. I also have some physiotherapy, but it's just self-training, and I can do it myself.

    We have a farm with 50 horses and a riding school and I can not sit still. My daughter-in-law (physiotherapist by profession) runs the riding school, and the rest of us help as much as we can. This is more valuable and rewarding for me than the gym.

    Feel free to accept tips if something can help.

    • hurt says:

      It is good to hear that you have a good support system around you. Unfortunately, it is the case that good treatment costs money. Should have been more reimbursed in such cases as yours (!) How do you feel it goes overall? Are things moving forward or are you a little stuck? We wish you good luck and remember that you can only ask us if you have any questions in the future - everything from exercises to ergonomics or treatment.


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