Head pains, such as headaches and migraines, can be a nuisance and disrupt our daily lives. There are various types of head pains and knowing which type you are experiencing can help you find the right treatments to manage your symptoms.
What is a Headache?
Headaches are head pains normally felt on both sides of the head. A constant and dull pain lingers and the intensity fluctuates per individual. Headaches aren’t entirely debilitating but functioning throughout the day can be uncomfortable and exhausting.
Common causes of headaches:
● Muscle stiffness
● Poor posture / screen time
● Stress and anxiety
● Trigger point referrals
● Jaw issues / TMJ dysfunction
● MVA or sports injuries
What is a Migraine?
Migraines normally present on one side of the head (though they can occur on both sides). A sensation of pressure and localized pain is felt and lasts between a few hours to a few days. The pain can be very intense and debilitating for some persons. Nausea and sensitivity to light, smell or sound often accompany a migraine.
Common causes of migraines:
● Family history of migraines
● Hormonal shifts
● Neck and shoulder pain
● Food allergies and sensitivities
● Barometric Pressure Changes
“Saw Einer and another went to see Lorissa for RMT treatments. Both are young, caring, and enthusiastic about their role in maintaining my wellbeing. Einer is like a big friendly giant in the room. He will bring in his experience from playing ultimate to understand which muscles need a bit more work. Lorissa will give you a great relaxing massage while also addressing those tight head neck shoulders muscles.”
Jason W. // Vancouver, BC
How We Take Care of Your Headaches
With an integrated team of Chiropractors, Physiotherapists, Registered Massage Therapists, and Kinesiologists, we have you covered for your headache-related problems.
Seeing different practitioners can be helpful as there may be various reasons for your head pains.Treatments in a multidisciplinary clinic can help address underlying issues from multiple aspects.
A combination of different treatmentstreatments can include: from:
● Soft tissue manipulation to address muscle tightness and trigger points
● Stretching and exercise to manage between headaches and migraines
● Chiropractic adjustments to help with poor posture
● Nutritional counselling for dietary changes and supplementations
● Acupuncture and massage therapy to decrease stress
● Hormone assessments to assess for irregularities
● Ergonomic changes to your work setting to decrease headache frequency
● And many more to best help you find a solution to your headaches.
If your condition does require further testing or treatment, we can refer you to one of the trusted specialists that we have in our network.
I have gone to a few different chiropractors before for my neck, shoulder and back pain but my experience with Dr. Vlad is unmatched! Treatment at Baseline has helped alleviate my chronic headaches and neck/back pain through improvements in my posture. This has had many additional benefits such as an increase in energy, improvements in mood and the treatments have also helped me with my breathing. Dr. Vlad has a very unique approach as a chiropractor, he is always keeping up with new techniques to help improve my long-term health.
Ricky P. // Vancouver, BC
Headache Pain Relief Techniques
Some techniques that may help include:
● Soft tissue manipulation
● Joint mobilization
● Trigger point release
● Trigger point dry needling/Intramuscular stimulation (IMS)
● Therapeutic modalities
● Food Sensitivity and Hormone Assessments
● Rehabilitative exercises (stretches, strengthening/stabilization exercises, breathing exercises etc.)
“I have been working with Jamie Sonego for many years. She has fixed my back, my neck, and my ankle. I have consistently been impressed by her varied and super effective treatments. I recommend her to anyone!”
Madeleine M. // Vancouver, BC
What To Expect During Your First Visit
Meeting with a practitioner for the first time can be a little intimidating. We want you to be as comfortable as possible.
We want to understand what is troubling you so we can treat you effectively. Know that whatever you disclose will be held with the utmost confidentiality.
Upon meeting your practitioner, they will:
● Go through a brief interview process to understand you and your condition
● Share their thoughts and what we can do about your condition
● Provide you with homecare, either an exercise or modification, to complement the treatment
Baseline has taken steps to ensure that all of us are as safe from Covid as possible. We have a pre-screening questionnaire, and we ensure that everyone wears their protective equipment. In between patients, we take the time to properly clean all surfaces that may have been used so that the next patient is safe.
“I went to see Dr. Jenine several times for acute on chronic neck pain. Dr. Jenine's attitude and approach to her practice are bar none. Her positive energy and holistic approach to emotional and physical well being make seeing her such a positive experience. She always took the time to make me feel heard, understood, and to come up with the best treatment plan for my personal needs. Would highly recommend!”
Natalie S. // Vancouver, BC
You don’t have to live with headachesTo summarize, neck pain is common but manageable. Despite there being various reasons why someone can have neck ache and pain, finding the right modalities and practitioners can help you address the underlying problem and decrease symptoms.
If you resonate with any of these points, give Baseline a call or go online and book an appointment with one of our practitioners.
“I have been to Dr. Au a couple of times for some headaches and neck pains. My experience has been very positive as Dr. Au is very compassionate towards seeing his clients get better. He is very descriptive in what he will do in his treatments and I found the experience very pleasant as a new client. Although I do not see him often, I always feel better after each session. I highly recommend Dr. Au as he is an awesome chiropractor!”
Dennis C. // Vancouver, BC