Ailments of the head are some of the most common complaints within society with headaches and migraines being the most common complaint. Dizziness is also a very common problem and is a symptom of the bodies balance system not working as it should do. At Integral Healthcare time is taken to accurately assess and diagnose what is causing your pain or discomfort so that we can form an accurate treatment plan. Our aim is to help relieve you from pain and improve your overall quality of life.
Headaches and migraines are becoming one the leading health problems within society. With more than three million Australian sufferers, studies indicate that 12-15% of the population will suffer from headaches or migraines at some point in their lives. There are a variety of different types of headaches and migraines and persons who suffer these on a regular basis should do their best to pinpoint any triggers so that they can be avoided.
Common symptoms of headaches and migraines may include:
- Isolated pain to one part of the head or behind the eyes
- A throbbing sensation inside your head
- Dull pain
- Sharp pain
- Drug reactions
- Jaw dysfunction
- Tightness in the neck muscles
- Low blood sugar
- High blood pressure
- Stress and fatigue
Headaches and migraines are often a multifactorial problem. Many times they can result due to mechanical dysfunction of the spinal joints, which causes irritation to the nerves that supply the head, neck and face. Unfortunately medicating your headache or migraine doesn’t solve the underlying problem that is causing the headache/migraine. At Integral Healthcare time is taken to assess your current individual situation. Through a comprehensive history and examination, which includes neurologic, orthopedic and physical assessment your Chiropractor will locate the cause of the problem and create a personalised care plan to bring your health from where you are now, to where you want to be. Headaches and migraines often have a large impact on a person’s life, affecting your ability to socialise, reducing work capacity and affecting your overall mood and quality of life.
Next to Headaches, dizziness is the most common neurological disorder in humans. Studies show that 20-30% of the population struggle with dizziness and it affects nearly 50% of the older population.
Patients complaining of “dizziness” can be using the word to describe many different conditions; this is why a thorough history is required to correctly diagnosis the cause of your dizziness. Patients may use varying terms to describe the same sensation. They may use terms such as, “giddiness”, “whirling”, “room is spinning” or “I’m spinning”.
Strictly speaking, reference to dizziness refers to the sensation of unsteadiness or lightheadedness without movement, motion or spatial disorientation. Vertigo on the other hand is a sudden sense of movement – rotation of self or surroundings, either vertically or horizontally. This means that there is a loss of sensation of body position and movement in space, this is why “dizziness” is often used to describe many types of equilibrium disorders.
Dizziness can be caused by disorders in brain function or within the apparatus that control balance such as the inner ear, eyes and cerebellum. Often there is a cervicogenic (neck dysfunction) reason for dizziness. Correction to the neck may solve part or all of the problem, either way your Chiropractor is skilled to diagnose and deliver the most appropriate treatment needed.
Balance is Integral to good health and wellbeing. Good balance reduces falls and injuries, which can cause for hospitilisation.
Pain and dysfunction in the Jaw is more common within the population than previously thought. Approximately 10% of the population will suffer pain or discomfort in the jaw; there is however different causes of jaw pain and with proper diagnosis can be treated successfully.
Causes of jaw pain
The joints of the jaw are unique in the fact that they work in unison with each other providing a wide range of movement in all directions. In most cases of jaw dysfunction there is accompanying dysfunction in the neck. When assessing jaw dysfunction the most likely area of neck dysfunction is the top two vertebra of the neck. The top two vertebra of the neck have a close relationship to the sensory fibers of the Trigeminal nerve which supplies the face. Dysfunction in the neck can therefore contribute to jaw pain in isolation or in combination with the joints of the jaw.
- Reduced movement while chewing and talking
- Clicking sounds during use of the jaw
- When associated with the neck may also cause:
- Neck pain
- Tinnitus (ringing in the ear)
- Various other symptoms
During the examination our Chiropractor will check your whole spine with particular interest in the upper back, neck and jaw. Once the dysfunction has been identified treatment will be aimed at normalizing movements in the affected joints. To gain effective results it is also very important to treat the musculature around the jaw. There is no need to live with jaw dysfunction as our Chiropractor at Integral Healthcare has experience in treating conditions associated with the jaw.