Wolverhampton and Birmingham Headache and Migraine Clinics
Geoff Hale D.O.
The Headache and Migraine Clinic
Over the last few years I have developed a special interest in treating patients with headache and migraine. I've noticed several important features which many sufferers have in common and believe that I have developed a treatment approach which offers a viable and beneficial alternative to the need for constant medication.
Even if patients find initial relief with over the counter or prescribed medication, many people eventually feel dissatisfied with this approach because, for a variety of reasons, they realise they can't or don't want to stay on drugs forever; sometimes because of incomplete relief, maybe because of the side effects they encounter or quite commonly, because they feel like they are on a treadmill, it's just one drug after another. Clients also complain that nobody looks for the real cause once a drug is found which suppresses the symptoms so that the pain returns once the medication is stopped or even reduced.
The key to success is allowing sufficient time to make a thorough assessment of each individual case which then lets many of the complex often overlooked, contributory factors reveal themselves. Specific, targeted treatments can then be tailored to fit each individual's needs resulting in a high success rate. I can't help everybody but by using this approach, many of my patients have found that their headaches have resolved completely and that they can stop their tablets whilst others experience a significant reduction in the severity, frequency and duration of their head pain.
If you would like to try an alternative, non-drug approach, please call to make an appointment to review your head pain.
I've already seen other doctors and therapists without much success. How do I know you can help?
Going to the doctor, giving a description of your symptoms and just being told it sounds like migraine or tension just isn't enough. That's possibly part of the reason why you still have issues and are looking for another approach. It is important to consider why previous treatment approaches have been unsuccessful. Usually the cause of headache or migraine is multi-factorial; they rarely arise due to one simple cause and if insufficient time and thought is given over to considering these causes in the first place, it's not surprising to then find that the original diagnosis is just wrong or at least incomplete. You don't feel better because the causative factors are not dealt with appropriately and you then need to take medication all the time. Patients can endure years of pain and every case is different.
If these consequences are to be avoided, a thorough case history and examination which allows early, accurate recognition of the relevant clinical features is essential. Only then can the headache be dealt with at it's root cause. A final thought; it might sound odd, but it is also fairly common for people to suffer from more than one type of headache at a time. If enough time is allowed for the patient to give a full account of their symptoms, important diagnostic details like this won't be overlooked. For these reasons, I like to allow time for an extended one hour consultation with my head pain clients in order to avoid these common pitfalls, giving the patient a greater chance of a positive outcome.
What will the treatment consist of?
Most of my work is as an Osteopath and I incorporate these techniques in to the treatment of head pain. I use structural and cranial approaches combined with a knowledge of allergies, diet and nutrition as well as using herbal remedies where indicated.
So what types of headaches do patients see you with?
Common things occur commonly!...so I tend to see patients with chronic, ongoing histories of head pain such as tension type headache, muscular headaches secondary to spinal, neck and postural conditions, post-traumatic headache (for example after whiplash) common migraine (no aura), classical migraine (with aura), chronic daily headache, hormonal/menstrual headache, cluster migraines and others although head pain is not always so easily classified as this list suggests and as already mentioned, patients regularly present with a mixed picture of these classifications.
An increasingly recognised cause of headache is "medication overuse headache," ironically often a complicating feature in those already suffering head pain for a protracted period of time. These are all examples of primary headache.
In order to remain up to date on current head pain research and best practice I am an Affiliate Member of BASH and Migraine Trust.
Did you know...
- A history of neck injury doubles the chances of chronic headache.
- Migraine is amongst the 3 most prevalent health conditions worldwide (WHO).
- 25 million working and school days are lost to migraine in the UK each year.
- Each day in the UK, 190,000 people suffer an episode of migraine.
- 54% of migraine sufferers experience one or more attacks each month, with a further 13% suffering at least one episode per week.