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Headaches, Migraines & Neck Pain

Headaches & Migraines treatments free of medication

80% of patients see an improvement in their headaches & migraines symptoms within 4-5 treatments. The technique is effective for all types of Headaches & Migraines. Just to mention a few: tension headache, clusters headaches, sinus headache, migraine with aura, vestibular migraine, etc.

 

Having a constant headache at the back of the head or behind the eyes can be very debilitating, this is why we will help you understand the cause and offer the appropriate treatment.

Other treatments failed, WHY am I still getting Headaches & Migraines?

Headaches & Migraines treatments free of medication

How can we help?​

  • We use a ground-breaking technique free of migraine medicine

  • 80% of patients see an improvement.

  • Provide an alternative diagnosis for your migraine or headache.

  • We can precisely identify the vertebral segment that is responsible for your symptoms.

  • Provide a scientific explanation for the causes of your migraine or headache (central sensitization).

  • Your physiotherapist is trained in the Watson Headache® Approach Method which is a hands-on practice that precisely assesses and treats the cause of your migraines and headaches.

  • There is no neck cracking involved in your treatment.

What do we do

Medication Free Treatment

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What to expect during your Headache and Migraine Treatment

Evaluation:

Is the neck responsible?

Various research shows that disorders of the upper neck can be responsible for the underlying cause of headaches and migraines. 

Solution:

Which vertebrae are causing the pain?

Various research shows that upper cervical vertebrae misalignment is involved in headaches and migraines.

Treatment:

Releasing the cause of the hypersensitivity 

Releasing the pressure that the vertebrae cause can create an instant resolution of the headache or migraine.

Are neck pain and headache related?

Did you ever think that your neck might be the cause of your headaches? The constant brain sensitization from the involved neck area can be directly involved in your migraines! 

 

Research has identified that the trigeminocervical complex in the brainstem is the source of irritation (sensitization) in migraine and headaches. Regardless of the type of headache, that specific area where the input from the trigeminal nerve and three upper cervical nerves is received is constantly irritated. 

 

Many triggers can spike your migraine, but the neck component is the strongest source of central sensitization. 

 

On the assessment, we can determine if your neck is involved and we can effectively treat it with Watson Headache® Approach Method.   

What is causing my neck pain?

How can we help with tension-type headache

Neck pain is a very common condition that at some point affects most people. Neck pain can be associated with muscle tightness or spams that can restrict your range of motion. The pain can often spread towards your shoulder or upper back and often can cause headaches and migraines.
You may have experienced trauma that is causing your pain or your symptoms can be associated with postural stress, muscle imbalance, impinged nerve or degenerative changes in your spine. 

How can physiotherapy help

Our physiotherapist will address the cause of your neck pain and use a hands-on approach to decrease your pain and stiffness. It will be a combination of manual therapy, dry needling, western acupuncture and an exercise program to get you moving again.

 
Visit our physiotherapist in East Geelong to have your neck assessed today!

Types of Headaches & Migraines

Types of Headaches & Migraines at eMotion health in Geelong

What is a Tension Headache?

How can we help with tension-type headache

We now know that your headache is caused by a Sensitized Brainstem. The constant brain sensitization from your neck manifests as a pain in your head, that can be accompanied by light or sound sensitivity.  

 

Using the latest and most effective, well-researched Method developed in Australia we can assess if your brain is sensitized and what part of your neck is involved without a doubt!  

 

Call our East Geelong clinic at (03) 5223 2370 to receive headache treatment. 

How can we help with tension-type headache

According to Migraine Australia, tension headache is the most widespread headache disorder. It affects 36% of men and 42% of women (7 million Australians overall). It could be felt like a tight feeling on both sides of the head and quite often the onset is sudden. 


People with tension-type headaches usually do not experience migraine symptoms, like a visual aura, nausea, vomiting, or blurry vision. They can however have sound or light sensitivity. The headache can last from 1 hour to even 5-7 days.  

 

What is a Cluster Headache?

Understanding cluster headaches

Cluster headache is regarded as the most painful headache of all other types of headaches. Regarded as a rare type of headache, the symptoms are the most severe and debilitating. 

 

A person with a cluster headache can have 1- 2 episodes of severely painful cluster attacks that can last from 10-15 minutes up to 3 hours. 

One person can have up to 8 attacks a day. If you are experiencing more attacks during spring or autumn, where the break between episodes is at least 6 months, that means you have episodic cluster headaches. 

Chronic cluster headaches sufferers experience them in less than 3 months intervals.  

HOW CAN WE HELP YOU

  • A thorough examination of the upper cervical spine is initiated to determine if, in fact, your cluster headaches are the result of the sensitized brainstem. 

  • Once we identify that, we can then commence the treatment. You can expect a significant improvement within the first 5 treatments. 

Symptoms of Cluster Headache

  • Unilateral, severe, and deeply situated pain around or behind one eye or in the temple

  • Excessive tearing and redness of the involved eye

  • Swelling or droopiness in the affected eye

  • The runny nose on the affected side 

  • Agitations, restlessness 

 
 

What is a Cervicogenic Headache?

Is my neck pain causing my headache?

Cervicogenic headache is perceived in your head but has origins in your neck vertebrae, joints, muscles, discs, ligaments, or nerves. 


The cause of your headache is a result of a disorder of the cervical spine and its components, where the pain-sensitive structures are located. 

Alongside headache, you may also experience neck pain and stiffness, decreased range of motion, and muscle tension around your neck. Your headache more likely will start at the neck and travel up to the front of your head and behind your eye. 

What causes Cervicogenic Headache?

You may be thinking that to have a cervicogenic headache you must have experienced neck trauma, like a motor vehicle accident or a fall. You will be surprised to know that many people who experience cervicogenic headaches have never had any neck trauma or whiplash. They do however recall exercising poor posture during their work duties or at home that over the long term can cause cervicogenic headaches. 

Poor posture creates muscle tension that is so strong that will cause a vertebrae misalignment that is the direct cause of your headaches.
The constant stimulation of the affected area in your neck will be translated by your brain as Cervicogenic headache. 

Quite often we can reproduce your symptoms of headache by applying pressure to the upper cervical spine (C1- C2 and C3 vertebrae). This indicates that in fact, your neck is involved in your headaches. 

What are Hormonal Headaches and Migraines?

Menstrual migraine

Hormonal headache, referred to as a menstrual migraine affects females 2 days before the start of the cycle or 3 days after the cycle begins. Originally, it was believed that the hormonal headache was caused by abnormal hormone fluctuations before and during the menstrual cycle, but recent research has proven that the sensitized brainstem is responsible for it. If you have any dysfunction in your neck, this constantly sensitizes the brainstem as it is directly situated in your neck. During the menstrual cycle, your brainstem registers the normal hormonal drop but due to your brainstem sensitivity, that information is rewritten and heightened. This alerts the body to pain that manifests as migraines. 

All treatments failed, why I am still getting menstrual headaches?

If you tried all available treatments for menstrual migraines, like triptans, hormone replacement therapy, birth control pills, anti-inflammatory drugs, dietary supplements and you’ve visited multiple specialists to no avail, contact our clinic today! 

The sensitized brainstem can be the cause of your menstrual headache or migraine if you have already explored many treatment options to no avail. With the use of the revolutionary neck assessment, we can determine if your sinus headache is connected to the dysfunction of your neck.

 

What is a Sinus Headache?

The build-up of pressure in blocked sinuses will cause headaches

Sinuses are air-filled spaces behind your nose, inside the forehead and cheekbones. These channels can get irritated by allergens in the air (dust mites, mold, pollen, etc.). When the sinuses get inflamed, they swell and produce mucus that can block your sinuses

 

The build-up of pressure in blocked sinuses will cause headaches that are difficult to relieve. You may also experience a runny nose, fullness in your ears, or even swelling in your face. If it’s an infection you will more likely have a fever and requires a GP consultation. 

 

Many people suffer from chronic sinus irritation and inflammation that is causing or contributing to their headaches. During the winter season in Brisbane, the air becomes colder and many people experience regular sinus irritation during that time. Summer, on the other hand, can get very dry and hot which in turn can also dry our sinuses, causing irritation and inflammation. A lot of people with sinus issues are unable to breathe with their noses due to congestion and must breathe with their mouth which causes issues, like dry mouth, and may result in low oxygen concentration in the blood.

Treatment of sinus headache

The treatment aims to reduce inflammation and swelling in your sinuses to clear the channels for better airflow. Many antihistamines or decongestants are available over the counter, but it is not recommended to use for more than 3 days as it can increase your symptoms. 

 

Can Whiplash cause Headaches?

Had a car accident or felt on your head?

If you have recently experienced a car accident or fall on your head, you can be diagnosed with whiplash. The sudden and severe movement to your neck during the impact causes damage to many muscles, nerves, or ligaments in your neck. Whiplash can cause neck pain and surrounding muscle tension, reduced range of motion, and headaches

How can I treat Whiplash-induced headaches or migraines?

Research has identified that the trigeminocervical complex in the brainstem is the source of irritation (sensitization) in migraine and headaches. Regardless of the type of headache, that specific area where the input from the trigeminal nerve and three upper cervical nerves is received is constantly irritated. Many triggers can spike your migraine, but the neck component is the strongest source of central sensitization. Due to moderate or severe injury to your neck during a whiplash, that process of sensitization takes place immediately after the injury. 

 

On the assessment, we can determine if your neck is involved and we can effectively treat it with Watson Headache® Approach Method. 

 

Cycling Vomiting Syndrome (CVS)

If you have already visited many doctors and you’ve treated your child for viral infections and you have given your child anti-nausea medications that settled the symptoms but didn’t prevent the next attack, your child might be suffering from cycling vomiting syndrome.

If the doctor ruled out any other causes for severe nausea and vomiting, like appendicitis, irritable bowel syndrome, food allergies and viral infections, the sensitized brainstem can be responsible for CVS.  

What is Cycling Vomiting Syndrome (CVS)

Cycling vomiting syndrome (CVS) is a rare disorder affecting children and adults. If your child is experiencing recurrent episodes of severe nausea and vomiting, your child could have CVS.   

Signs and Symptoms of Cycling Vomiting Syndrome (CVS)

   Cyclic Vomiting Symptoms 

 

  • An alternating pattern of severe nausea and vomiting with disease-free periods

  • Skin pallor

  • Exhaustion/lack of energy 

  • Abdominal pain

  • Headache 

 

The symptoms usually last for a few hours or a couple of days.