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The 3 most common types of Headaches

This is first part of three blog series on the different types of Headaches clients can experience. The three most common types of Headaches that people often present with are:

  • Tension
  • Cluster
  • Migraine

The headaches have various strengths and lengths and can come and go when you least expect it.

Some of the content I will cover includes:

  • What the specific Headaches are and how they feel
  • What could be causing the headaches
  • What the specific symptoms are for each type
  • How they can be treated from a massage perspective and ongoing management of these conditions.

 

Part 1: Tension Headache

So what is a Tension Headache you might ask?

Tension Headaches are often felt as an even pain or pressure that spreads and squeezes around the head, much like a head band. This particular type of headache can be intermittent and can last from anywhere up to 7 days to 6 months in chronic cases if left untreated.

What are most common causes for a Tension Headache?

  • Stress
  • Lack of sleep
  • Neck and shoulder muscular or joint tension
  • Postural imbalances, most commonly prolonged desk work!!!
  • Temporomandibular Joint (jaw) syndrome
  • Previous neck injuries

What are the treatment and management options for Tension Headaches?

Massage is an excellent treatment option and is very effective with removing this unwanted discomfort. A physical examination would be required to identify what tissues are at fault through Range of Motion testing and palpation (touching the muscles or joints). Following the testing, specific treatment modalities would be used such as trigger point therapy and gentle stretching to relax and soothe soft tissue tension. For this type of condition a minimum of 1 hour treatment time would be recommended.

There are many self care techniques, which could be used to ease the symptoms from tension headaches. These include:

  • Stretching of the neck and shoulder regions. Stretches should be held for at least 30 seconds
  • Self massage to the neck area
  • Use of a heat pack to increase blood flow and reduce pain
  • Take regular breaks away from a seated position
  • Regular exercise

If you are experiencing a tension headache today, feel free to book online or call 9041 2323. We would be happy to assist you from a headache-free life.

Thank you and be well,

Dean Baldwin

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