During your initial consultation, your therapist at Melbourne Headache Neck and Jaw clinic will first ask you a detailed case history to gather all the relevant information about your pain. After this we will take the appropriate time to assess and locate the source of your pain, formulating a diagnosis. Once we establish the correct diagnosis, our headache clinic treatments include but are not limited to Osteopathy, the 'Watson Headache Approach', dry needling and massage. We may also give our clients at home rehabilitation because we understand the importance of rehabilitating chronic conditions. We develop personalised Migraine treatment plans to help you get relief for migraines .
The majority of headaches are caused by brainstem sensitization. The brainstem is the part of the brain that houses the nerves that provide sensation to the face and jaw. When it is sensitised it can refer painful signals to the head, face and jaw which results in headache.
Secondly, when someones brainstem is sensitized, they are more susceptible to triggers that cause headache. Triggers include (but are not limited to) things like:
You may have a headache due to one of these triggers.
We suggest keeping a headache diary to keep track of your headaches and triggers. It may help you understand why you are getting headaches in the first place. Things to consider writing in your diary include: location of pain, severity, duration, associated symptoms, possible trigger(s), date, time.
For the majority of headache sufferers, the upper neck is the root cause of headaches. Dysfunctions in the upper neck lead to a condition called brainstem sensitization which then leads to headache.
Other causes of headache include neck pain and temporomandibular disorder which is the term used to describe jaw pain. At MHNJ we are trained to identify the true cause of your headache allowing us to effectively treat it.
A small number of headaches aren't a direct result of brainstem sensitisation. In this case you should consult your doctor first before requesting treatment. Please refer to the FAQ 'Do I need to see my doctor?' below for more information.
Neck pain is a very common complaint with most people getting neck pain at some point in their life. Neck pain is often due to prolonged poor posture and overuse. People who work at a computer screens or drive long periods often describe neck pain. Neck pain is also commonly caused by osteoarthritis and is often accompanied by neck stiffness.
Sometimes neck pain is caused by trauma such as a motor vehicle accident or whiplash.
A variety of structures could be causing your neck pain. Often neck pain is caused by the following:
Sometimes neck pain can be caused by more sinister conditions and you may need to see your doctor. Please refer to the FAQ 'Do i need to see my doctor' below for more information.
The most common cause of jaw pain is temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD). Patients can experience TMD due to several causes including:
Less common conditions causing jaw pain include:
Sometimes jaw pain can be caused by more sinister conditions they need to be looked at by a doctor. Please refer to the FAQ 'Do I need to see my doctor' below for more information.
Dizziness is a collective term to describe different feelings such as unsteadiness, feeling faint, feeling woozy and spinning sensations. Dizziness can be a symptom of many different underlying conditions. Some of which include benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV), vestibular migraine, neck related dizziness. It's important that if you have a new presentation of dizziness (that isn't your normal dizziness) you should see your doctor. Please refer to the FAQ section 'Do I need to see my doctor?' for more information about this.
Dependant on your presentation it may necessary to see your doctor. We recommend you see your doctor if your unsure about your presentation or it fits any of the following:
For Neck Pain
For Jaw Pain
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