Headaches and migraines can be due to a variety of causes. Anyone who suffers from headaches or migraines on a regular basis is encouraged not to simply try to cope with it by taking regular doses of pain killers. It is worth having it checked out medically first because headaches can be due to a variety of causes. Even where there is no clear underlying medical condition, headaches can be caused by many conditions, including but not limited to:
- Temporomandibular disorders
- Stress and tension (including migraines)
- Hypersensitive allergic reactions to certain foods or chemicals
- Poor posture
- Muscular tension from back, hip, pelvic or leg injury that cause skeletal imbalance
- Eye strain
Our clinicians focus primarily on those headaches caused by muscular problems, stress and tension and poor posture as well as from the “flow through” effect of conditions such as Repetitive Strain Injury(RSI). We adopt a number of approaches that include:
- Assistance in establishing an appropriate life style that combines appropriate diet, exercise and recreation.
- Developing a personalised stress management program
- Assistance with posture and muscular relaxation
- If necessary, developing a pain coping strategy
We use conventional pain, stress and psychotherapeutic approaches to reduce the pain experience and will, at times, combine our approach with different forms of biofeedback. This includes measuring the levels of tension in relevant muscles and teaching the person how to relax these specific muscles.
We also strongly recommend the use of a form of biofeedback called neurofeedback for anyone suffering from chronic migraine conditions. This involves measuring the patterns of brainwaves in the migraine sufferer’s brain by means of a process known as Quantitative Electro Encephalograph (or QEEG for short) in order to determine in which areas the brain activity is not operating as expected. Depending on the outcome, it is possible to use a form of EEG biofeedback that can be used to help the migraine sufferer change their own brain activity, thereby reducing the likelihood of migraines. This can also be achieved through a different but related approach called Hemoencephalography (or HEG) that can directly help the person to learn how to increase cerebral blood flow to specific areas of the brain.