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Headache Relief in Caboolture

Woman with headacheHeadaches come in many forms, they may involve irritation of the trigeminal nucleus and its associated nerves. This irritation can often be due to spinal problems (vertebral subluxation) which can be aggravated by other stressors including dehydration, fatigue, certain foods: such as oranges, chocolate and coffee, caffeinated drinks and additives, for example nitrites, salicylates, amines (such as tyramine, histamine), wines and other alcohols. In some people headaches can trigger migraines.
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Our Approach to Addressing This Type of Pain

At Coast Chiropractic Caboolture, Dr Bernie (Chiropractor) utilises a number of modern and traditional methods and techniques to assess and help with headaches and migraines.

What to Expect

Dr. Bernie will first assess the spine, nervous and vestibular systems. This involves postural photos, spinal palpation, ranges of motion and muscle testing. If indicated the vestibular and oculomotor systems are also assessed as well as the TMJ (jaw). People may be referred for spinal X-Rays if necessary.

Other Ways to Manage Your Symptoms

To help minimise symptoms, there are several things that people can do on their own, such as creating good posture by assessing your computer/work station. When you have a headache sometimes ice at the back of the upper neck and heat on the trapezius muscles can help.

Be aware of how your own body responds to certain foods or eating habits and if they are associated with the onset of headaches. Drink water regularly, eat a healthy low refined sugar diet, eat breakfast, lunch and dinner to help avoid sudden drops in blood sugar, minimise alcohol and caffeine, as well as some of the foods and additives mentioned before. It’s also important to look at stressors in life and try to manage them better. Yoga and meditation can sometimes help with this as well as getting enough sleep. Lastly, when exercising, it’s important to maintain proper form to avoid straining the neck.

The Effects of Screen Time

In some people the brightness of your monitor or electronic device, as well as the surrounding lighting, can lead to eye strain and headaches.

To minimise eye strain, keep the lighting in your room—both natural and artificial—balanced with the brightness of the monitor. You should also consider positioning your screen to avoid glare. Taking frequent breaks is also a good idea. Throughout the workday or while using a screen for entertainment, looking away from the screen may help alleviate eye strain and reduce triggering a migraine episode or screen headache.

If computer screens and bright lights are triggers, sometimes changing the screen settings or wearing blue light filter glasses can help.

Supplements

Supplements such as Co-enzyme Q10, Magnesium and Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin) have been shown to help reduce headaches and migraines in some people.

Book an Appointment

If you’re experiencing headaches, consider chiropractic care, which may offer some relief. Call today to schedule an appointment.


Headache Relief Caboolture, South Caboolture, Morayfield QLD | (07) 5495 8455