Common But Deadly

You have been feeling exhausted at the end of the day. Your neck always hurts. You have frequent headaches and have tried medications, acupuncture, and TCM. You are wondering if Chiropractic can help.

Headaches are very common among Singaporeans and can be complicated to diagnose. According to 2017 GSK Global Pain Index, 42% of Singaporeans suffer weekly from pain! There are many different types of headache such as tension headaches, migraines, cervicogenic headaches, and cluster headaches.


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There are many different types of headache such as tension headaches, migraines, cervicogenic headaches, and cluster headaches.

What You Need to Know

Tension headache is the most prevalent type of headache people experience. Typical characteristics of a tension headache can include a pressing or tightening feeling on both sides of your head, the sensation is often mild to moderate in intensity, and the pain usually lasts from 30 minutes to as long as a week. Tension headaches do not typically present with nausea or vomiting although some may experience increased light or sound sensitivity.

Migraine headaches are significantly less common than tension headaches. Quite often, a migraine sufferer will attribute any severe head pain to a migraine, but this is not always the case. Migraine is classified as a neurological condition. It is a recurrent headache that lasts up to 72 hours. It is usually on one side with a pulsating pain sensation of moderate to severe intensity. Migraine headache often includes nausea, sensitivity to light, and it often worsens with regular daily activity.

Approximately 20% of migraine patients will experience an aura before they get a migraine. An aura refers to the visual disturbances or other sensory disturbances that a migraine sufferer may experience. Sometimes, the auras occur between migraine headache episodes.

Migraine headaches are significantly less common than tension headaches. Quite often, a migraine sufferer will attribute any severe head pain to a migraine, but this is not always the case. Migraine is classified as a neurological condition. It is a recurrent headache that lasts up to 72 hours. It is usually on one side with a pulsating pain sensation of moderate to severe intensity. Migraine headache often includes nausea, sensitivity to light, and it often worsens with regular daily activity.

Approximately 20% of migraine patients will experience an aura before they get a migraine. An aura refers to the visual disturbances or other sensory disturbances that a migraine sufferer may experience. Sometimes, the auras occur between migraine headache episodes.

A Chiropractor is a musculoskeletal expert trained to diagnose the underlying cause of your headache and to provide appropriate treatment for long-term pain relief. Your Chiropractor will perform a thorough history and examination to determine if your symptoms are coming from your spine or its surrounding muscles. If any further investigation is required, you will be referred to an appropriate specialist.

Chiropractors can help if you are suffering from headaches. An Australian study found that over 70 percent of migraine sufferers experienced either “substantial” or “noticeable” improvement after a period of chiropractic treatment. Chiropractic treatment options for headaches include spinal manipulation, mobilisation, soft tissue therapy, dry needling, and other modalities.

If you are dealing with chronic headache, the following may help with your symptoms:

  • Find the right healthcare professional you like and trust
  • Have someone to talk to
  • Keep your mind occupied – listen to music, podcast, watch a movie, or read a book
  • Follow a regular sleeping pattern – going to bed and waking up at the same time every day
  • Exercise for at least 30 minutes each day
  • Eat regularly without skipping meals
  • Avoid common headache triggers
  • Manage stress with meditation, yoga, massage

Headaches are very common and almost everyone will have had an episode at some point. Most headaches are not symptoms of a malignant cause and will resolve on its own. However, headaches that are severe and recur frequently may require medical attention.

You should consult a chiropractor if you experience headaches that:

  • Occurs frequently (more than once a week)
  • Are more severe than usual
  • Worsen or does not improve with over-the-counter (OTC) drugs
  • Affects your capacity to sleep, work, or participate in normal daily activities
  • Causes you distress and you would like to explore treatments that may help you cope better