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Headache Relief

What are headaches?

Woman on bed with headacheHeadaches are immensely common ailments that manifest themselves in a myriad of different ways. Unfortunately, because these ailments are so widespread and commonplace, many people do not seek professional care when needed.

What are the symptoms of headaches?

Some of the most common symptoms of headaches include:

  • Isolated pain to one part of your head or behind your eyes,
  • A pounding sensation inside your whole head,
  • Nausea,
  • Dull pain,
  • Sharp pain.

Similarly, there are numerous common causes of headaches. These include:

  • Drug reactions,
  • Temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMJ- Jaw problems),
  • Tightness in the neck muscles,
  • Low blood sugar,
  • High blood pressure,
  • Stress and fatigue.

Due to this wide array of varying symptoms and causes, it is often difficult to ascertain whether your headache requires professional attention. Fortunately, very few headaches have serious underlying causes, but those that do will require urgent medical attention. If you find your headache persists for more than a few days it is advisable you seek professional care.

Numerous research studies have highlighted how chiropractic adjustments are effective for treating headaches, especially those that originate from around your neck (cervicogenic). For instance, a report released in 2001 by researchers at the Duke University Evidence-Based Practice Centre in Durham, NC, found that;

“Spinal manipulation resulted in almost immediate improvement for those headaches that originate in the neck…..”

Similarly, a separate study that was published in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics found similar outcomes.

At The Bio Mechanix, we offer all of our client’s thorough evaluations before we administer a specific course of chiropractic care including deep tissue massage and dry needle therapy. We utilize digital scan testing to isolate the cause of your headaches in order to offer you the most effective course of treatment for your particular ailment. In the majority of cervicogenic and migraine headache cases, adjustments can result in significant improvements to our clients’ mental and physiological wellbeing.

As well as chiropractic care, we also recommend the appropriate sports and deep tissue massage and lifestyle changes that can actively prevent the triggering of headaches. We also offer acupuncture to help alleviate your symptoms.

We recommend that all of our clients adhere to the following practices in order to prevent the onset of headaches:

  • Reduce your exposure to nitrite compounds that often cause dull, pounding headaches by dilating blood vessels. Nitrite compounds are used to chemically preserve meat, so it is advisable you avoid processed meats such as hot dogs.
  • Avoid foods that have been prepared with monosodium glutamate (MSG), which can cause headaches. Therefore, avoid foodstuffs such as soy sauce and meat tenderizer as well as always checking the nutritional information of packaged foods as they often contain this chemical.
  • Aim to reduce your exposure to common insecticides, carbon tetrachloride, and lead batteries or lead-glazed pottery, all of which have been known to trigger headaches.
  • Avoid foods that are high in the amino acid tyramine such as ripened cheeses (cheddar, brie), chocolate, as well as any pickled or fermented foods.
  • Consider booking a course of sports massage treatments. In recent years, sports massages have shown to be successful supportive measures for chronic injuries such as headaches.
  • Keep a headache diary that will help you determine which factors exacerbate or instigate headaches.

We Can Help

For more information on chiropractic care for your Headaches, why not call The Bio Mechanix today and begin to revitalise your health and wellbeing!


The Bio Mechanix | 020 7731 7640