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Effective Treatment for the Relief of Pain –

Effective Treatment for the Relief of
Pain –

The UK Network of Headache & Migraine Specialists

The Headache & Migraine Specialist network represents a growing alliance of clinical physiotherapists and neurologists who are dedicated to improving the quality of life of headache and migraine sufferers.

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Conventional Diagnosis & Treatment of Headaches & Migraine

When presented with a patient exhibiting recurrent headaches & migraines, most GP’s will attempt to identify patterns and triggers to the onset of head pain. They may refer to a neurologist, or request CT or MRI scans, to rule out serious underlying causes. They may suggest changes in lifestyle but when no pre-existing injury or illness can be found, pain is often self-managed through over-the-counter remedies.

By focussing on the symptoms rather than the underlying cause, pain is likely to continue.

The Underlying Causes of Headache & Migraine

Research shows that there are a number of factors that contribute to the cause of headaches & migraine. Very often these factors will combine until a pain threshold is reached, triggering the onset of headache & migraine.

Clusters of migraine sufferers within the same family indicate a genetic predisposition to headaches. Common reactions to certain food groups, including caffeine, alcohol and MSG suggest environmental factors. The fact that pre-menopausal women are three times as likely to suffer from headaches and migraine than any other group – including post menopausal women – indicates a hormonal factor. Recent studies demonstrate links between stress and migraine although migraine is more common following a stressful experience than during it.

The latest research indicate another factor in the cause of headaches & migraine, and one that is often overlooked.

Neck & Shoulder Pain Cause Cervicogenic Headaches

Headaches are often cause by cervicogenic pain emanating from the top of the shoulders and the neck. Pain in the shoulders and neck can occur from poor posture, stress, tension and repetitive actions. Pain signals are sent from the neck and shoulders to the brain along the cervical spine. These nerve pathway share the same brain synapses from the trigeminal nerves in the face and head and can be misinterpreted by the brain as headaches & migraines.

There are two simple ways of determining whether a headache and migraine has a cervicogenic cause. Can the pain be replicated by manipulation of the muscles and nerves in the neck and shoulder and, more importantly, can headache and migraine be effectively treated through the use of skilled physiotherapy?

Assessment and Treatment of Headaches and Migraines

Assessment and Treatment of Headaches and Migraines

Every patient is different and a specially trained headache & migraine physiotherapist will take a full medical history and examine lifestyle issues. Occasionally a patient may be referred back to their own GP or to a specialist neurologist but in the majority of cases, treatment can begin during the first appointment.

For patients with cervicogenic headaches, once the areas of dysfunction have been confirmed, carefully manipulating neck and shoulder muscles helps to ease the symptoms. With the correct treatment, most patients find the pattern and intensity of headaches starts to change very quickly.

Effective Treatment for Headache & Migraine

The Headache & Migraine Specialist group closely monitors all of its interventions in the treatment of head pain. Patients are asked to complete validated HIT-6 questionnaires before and after treatment, and then at 3 month and 12 month intervals once treatment has ended.

Before treatment, 83% of patients reported headache and migraine causing a ‘severe’ or ‘substantial’ impact on their lives. After treatment, only 27% of patients reported the same level of disability.

Perhaps more tellingly, before treatment 66% of patients said that they ‘very often’ or ‘always’ used medication while experiencing head pain. Immediately after a course of treatment this had fallen to 9% with 64% not needing medication at all.

Further Information / Contact Us

The Headache & Migraine Specialist group work with GP commissioners, clinics, health centres and hospitals to provide accurate diagnosis and treatment for head pain.

We are a growing organisation who share research, training and best practice. Membership is currently strongest in the London, Essex, Hertfordshire and the South East.

For further information visit us at or call us on 0844 264 0305.


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