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What is a headache?

There are many different types of headaches, which experts have classified into two main groups — primary and secondary.

Primary headaches refer to independent conditions that cause pain in the head, face, or neck. Examples of primary headaches include migraines and tension headaches.

Secondary headaches occur as the result of another medical condition, such as an infection, stress, or medication overuse.

Primary headaches

Types of primary headaches include:

Tension-type headache

Tension-type headaches are common primary headache disorder that affect around 42 percent of adults worldwide.

Tension-type headaches feel like a band of intense pressure around the head.

Doctors classify tension-type headaches as episodic or chronic. Episodic tension-type headaches happen between 10 and 15 days per monthTrusted Source. Chronic tension-type headaches occur more often and may cause soreness in the scalp.

Several factors can cause tension-type headaches. These can include:

  • clenching the jaw

  • hunger

  • depression or anxiety

  • lack of sleep

  • sleep apnea

  • arthritis

  • bending or straining the neck

  • poor posture

  • stress


 

Cluster headaches

Cluster headaches cause severe pain on one side of the head, often behind the eye. These headaches come in clusters, meaning multiple headaches occur around the same time every day for several weeks.

Cluster headaches occur in cycles of recurring headaches followed by periods without headaches.

According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH)Trusted Source, cluster headaches usually last 6 to 12 weeks. Cluster headaches tend to affect males more often than females.

Symptoms of cluster headaches include:

  • severe pain on one side of the head

  • pain behind the eye

  • red, watery eyes

  • sweating

  • congestion

  • restlessness or agitation

  • changes in heart rate

 

Hemicrania

Hemicrania are persistent headaches that fluctuate in severity. These headaches usually affect the same side of the head. People can have daily, or chronic, hemicrania headaches.

Other people might experience periods of recurring headaches followed by headache-free periods.

Other symptoms of hemicrania headaches include:

  • nausea and vomiting

  • sensitivity to light and sound

  • watery eyes

  • redness or irritation of the eyes

  • sweating

  • congestion

  • swollen eyelids

 

Secondary headache disorders

Illnesses and chronic medical conditions that affect the nervous system can cause secondary headaches.

Causes of secondary headaches include:

  • sleep disorders

  • brain tumors

  • strokes

  • withdrawal from medications or drugs

  • head trauma

  • inflammation

  • seizures

  • leaking spinal fluid

  • physical deformations of the head, neck, or spine

How can I help?

Izabela @ Life Iz Motion is a trained Musculo-Skeletal Therapist, Pilates Instructor, Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization trainer, and NeuroKinetic practitioner. Proficiently assessing and effectively treating these conditions. Her individual approach includes:

  1. Subjective assessment - it's not only a discussion about your goals and lifestyle but also a deep dive into your history to determine the root cause(s) and establish a diagnosis.

  2. Goal setting - yes, this is first, establishing your expectations, gaining clarity as to what you want out of the session, defining my and your role in the healing process, and linking these to an individual timeframe.

  3. Objective assessment - these are any necessary orthopedic tests and measurements to ensure we monitor progress and improvements.

  4. A holistic view - I look at all key elements - healthy nervous system, internal balance, sleep, stress, nutrition, belief system, and even alignment of to your core values.  Our bodies are dynamic and the state of mind will influence the body and vice versa, this relationship is often overlooked by other therapists.  

  5. A treatment plan - Having defined our roles in the healing process we will work towards eliminating the root causes of the issue, treatments might include massage, dry-needling, electro dry-needling, shockwave therapy, joint manipulation, and exercise programs (Pilates, Yoga and movement retraining). This plan will be emailed to you so you have a record and a reference of your progress.

  6. Ongoing prevention - attractive maintenance packages available, small group Pilates or exercise rehabilitation classes. 

 

My approach focuses on restoring the inherent balance, getting you better in the quickest possible way, and making sure you can get out there doing what you love.

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