Muscular Trigger points are a common source of pain around the head, neck and shoulders and can often be found in association with headaches and migraines. These tender points can refer and radiate pain, and usually arise as a consequence of poor muscular function due to bad postures or repetitive strain. A diagnosis from a… Read More
Tips to assist Headache & Migraine sufferers
A recent outbreak of meningococci in Australia highlighted the need for accurate diagnosis in such life threatening cases. One of the first presenting symptoms is often sudden or recent onset of headpain, usually in conjunction with neck stiffness, intolerance to light, feeling tired or unwell. Other symptoms can include a sudden appearance of a skin… Read More
Headaches are often the result of poor dietary habits, neck strain, eyestrain, dental problems, colds and flu, sinus congestion and many other common problems. Because many of these problems are readily treatable, it is a good idea to have a professional assessment of your headaches to see if the causes can be easily treated.
Common foods associated with triggering migraines include: MSG [found in many sauces and savoury products such as stock cubes], chocolate, cheeses, and wine. Caffeine addiction due to regular coffee, tea or cola consumption can also precipitate migraines. It is important to eat regular meals as low blood sugar levels have also been associated with migraines.
A common observation of sufferers is that sometimes a particular food causes headpain, whereas at other times it does not. This highlights the concept that many cases of headache and migraine have a number of ingredients, not simply one cause.
Visual symptoms such as an inability to handle bright light, and white streaks in the visual fields known as ‘Fortification spectra’ are amongst the most common symptoms of Migraine. Pain in the head also usually accompanies Migraine, but not always. If you are unsure as to what type of problem you have, you can seek… Read More