Headaches and migraines
One of the most common afflictions globally, we’re quick to dismiss this seemingly innocuous pain. But if a series of migraines or persistent headaches begins to interfere with your quality of life, it’s time to take action.
Though they’re a common cause of pain, treating them effectively can be highly individual and complex. Not as simple as a couple of paracetamol. Luckily, our team is at hand to help you discover the root cause of your headaches and find sustainable ways of treating them.
It’s okay to reach for medication like paracetamol or ibuprofen for the occasional headache.
However, if you consistently use pain medication for longer than a couple of days at a time, you risk triggering a “rebound headache,” caused by the overuse of these medications. Paracetamol can also put your liver under extra stress while causing mental fogginess.
By relying on medication, the cause of your headache is not addressed. If you pop pills regularly to fight headaches we recommend you speak with one of our naturopaths to explore its underlying cause.
Regain control over the pain. Don’t give it the power to affect your performance at work or infiltrate your home life.
Different headaches have different symptoms.
Tension headaches are the most common type. They can last hours or days and cause the forehead, eyes, head or neck to ache.
Migraines often cause an intense throbbing in the forehead, temple, ear, jaw, or around the eye. The sensation may start behind one eye and spread. There may be associated diarrhoea, nausea and vomiting, followed by malaise and a washed-out sensation afterwards.
Recurrent headaches should be investigated further by a healthcare practitioner or your GP.
If you’re concerned about your headache, please mention this to your naturopath. They’ll be able to give you the support you need and refer you for further tests if needed.
Stress, lack of sleep, allergies, environmental sensitivities, eye strain and blood pressure problems are all factors which can contribute to headaches.
They may also be caused by poor posture or stress-induced tension in the head, neck and shoulders.
Headaches may also manifest due to hormonal imbalances. They may occur around menstruation or during the first trimester of pregnancy.
They may also be a symptom associated with a cold or persistent coughing.
We can help you unearth the root cause of your headaches or migraines. By exploring your diet, nutrition profile, hormonal levels and lifestyle, as well as considering any structural factors, like posture and previous injury, we can build a better picture of why you might be experiencing recurrent headaches.
Working with you, we will create a personalised and effective treatment plan aimed at relieving symptoms and reducing the chance of further headaches.
Depending on the type of headache you have, you may benefit from a range of therapies. Naturopaths can run tests for allergies, hormone levels or other sensitivities. Osteopathy and chiropractic can help treat those affected by structural factors. Acupuncture may provide relief from stress, improve blood flow and re-establish a healthy flow of energy. TCM practitioners will be able to suggest complimentary Chinese herbs. If your headache stems from an emotional source or men, you may find it helpful to speak with a psychologist.
Whatever the cause, we have the tools to tackle your headache, head-on. Our practitioners work with you, teaching you exercises and habits to maintain at home, empowering you with effective and sustainable solutions.
Let us help you return to your natural state of wellbeing.