What are headaches and migraines?
More than 10 million people in the UK get a headache regularly, making it one of the most common health complaints. Most aren’t serious and are easily treated. The majority are diagnosed as Tension-Type, Migraine and Neck Headache. They are classified by the International Headache Society as Primary or Secondary:
- Primary headache – This is not related to any other problem. It might include migraines, tension type headache and cluster headache.
- Secondary headache – This is caused by underlying problems. These can include post-whiplash headache, neck headache, and drug withdrawal headache.
Often there are multi-source headaches which may require a variety of treatments. If you have severe and persistent symptoms we always recommend you see your GP alongside any other treatments you are receiving.
What causes headaches and migraines?
These secondary headaches can often arise through some trauma. This could be a car accident with post whiplash headache, or a sporting injury such as a neck headache. They can also be triggered by persistent pain such as a clicking jaw.
How to treat headaches and migraines
In physiotherapy when it comes to treating a secondary headache we deal with the source such as the neck and back. Treatments include: