Reaching for those painkillers again because your head is pounding? Perhaps medication is not the best solution or simply not helping you – all depending on the cause of your headache.
Migraines are less common than tension headaches. They are usually more severe and felt as a throbbinng pain – usually at the front or the side of the head. They are often accompanied by other symtoms such as nausea, increased sensitivity to light or sound and vomiting. They usually last a couple of hours to days and usually hinder daily activities. Migraines can be helped with over the counter medication. Sometimes prescription medication is needed. Your physiotherapist may be able to help your migraines using modalities such as mobilisation, myofascial release techniques and Dry needling or acupuncture, just to name a few.
A common cause of headaches in woman are Hormone headaches. These are – as the name suggests related to hormonal changes. Mentruation, contraceptive pills, menopause and pregnancy can all be triggers. Proper diet, sleeping properly and reducing stress levels can help manage this type of headache.
There are other less common types and causes of headaches, but mutual for all types of headaches is that our muscles tense up because of the pain and discomfort.