A headache can range in intensity from a mild background tingle to a sudden thunderbolt of pain.
The actual type of pain experienced and secondary symptoms vary a lot from one person to the next. The first question to answer is to find out what type or classification of headache that you are suffering. Below are some of the more common ones.
Cervicogenic Type Headaches
Tight muscles in the neck or shoulders can refer pain to the head, causing headaches. Pain is usually felt around the base of the skull and around the ears. This is known as a ‘Cervicogenic’ headache.
Loosening the muscles and gently mobilizing the joints of the neck and shoulders can help to ease the pain and discomfort and prevent it from recurring.
Migraine Type Headaches
‘Migraines’ can be classified into two types: classic and common.
A Classic Migraine is associated with visual disturbances and occasionally nausea prior to the onset of pain, followed by an episode of fatigue and tiredness.
A Common Migraine does not have the visual or nausea symptoms. There is a large, and indeed growing body of evidence to show that chiropractic care can lead to a decrease in the severity and frequency of migraine type headaches.
Chiropractic care can also deal with the secondary problems associated with Migraines such as neck tension, tight muscles and stiff joints.
Headache Danger Signs…
Although most headaches are of a simple and treatable cause, some headaches can be a sign that something more is wrong. We recommend that you consult your GP if any of the following apply…
- You get a headache right after physical activity such as gym, aerobics, or running.
- You get a headache suddenly and it’s explosive or violent. or after a head injury.
- You have a headache and either slurred speech, eye sight problems, problems with movement of your arms/ legs, balance loss, confusion or memory loss.
- You have a headache and a fever, sickness, nausea or even vomiting.
- You get a headache that is severe and just in one eye, with a bloodshot appearance.
- You have just developed the onset of persistent headaches (esp if older than 50) or if getting significantly worse over 24 hours.
- You have a history of cancer and develop a new persistent headache.
What to do if you suffer with cervicogenic headaches or migraines
Treating your pain… Anyone who visits our clinic will always, above all else, receive a full and thorough assessment. Furthermore, we will give you a clear and honest explanation as to what we believe is causing your pain and what the best course of action is to get things back on track.
Our aim is to get you back to your best as quickly as possible using specific mobilisations, gentle manipulation, and a wide variety of soft tissue therapies. Dry needling may also be used where appropriate. We will always give you a summary of your initial visit so that you have a record to take home.
Prevent recurrence of pain…. Our clinical team pride themselves on preventative care. We will always prescribe a completely personalised ‘home help’ program to ALL patients who visit our clinic. This is essential to make the best and most long lasting recovery. We aim to put you in control so we can both achieve the most permanent solution possible. Call the clinic today for an appointment on 01452309372 or to chat with a member of the team.
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Shout out to the main man James, runs through things thoroughly with no stone left unturned, makes everything very clear and is very easy to get on with making for... read more a comfortable experience. Practical wise gets to the nitty gritty and doesn’t mess about. Results so far has been more than I expected! The reception staff I’ve come across all seem good spirited, helpful people. Would definitely recommend this spot.
March 18, 2022
Danny was extremely friendly and welcoming. He explained everything in great detail to help me understand the logic behind my injury. I am looking forward to following his guidance and... read more improving a 10-year long condition that no one has previously been able to diagnose!
November 8, 2021
Having been a regular at a chiropractor in Cheltenham and now having moved to Longlevens I am so happy to have found Longlevens Chiro. I booked in for a consultation and... read more treatment with Jenny and she was wonderful. We ran through my history and previous treatments before moving onto my appointment. Very professional environment and very happy with the service. I would highly recommend to anyone.
September 7, 2021
Visited for a deep muscle back massage as of my physical job. A big improvement after 2 visits but it's not cheap
August 5, 2021
I have been to many Chiropractic clinics over the years and Longlevens is by far the best. All staff are friendly and welcoming, quick to respond to any problems or... read more issues and run a smooth and efficient clinic. My current back problems are the worst that they have been for a long time, however, Monet, is working Chiropractic miracles. In a short space of time she has achieved amazing results and my back is improving with every visit. She reminds me of the Tina Turner song ''simply the best'' Thank you Monet.
March 13, 2021
Fantastic practice, they offer all the services you need to rehabilitate yourself. They are definitely not after your money as my chiropractor Simon really encourages extra stretches to improve... read more your conditions.
October 3, 2020
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March 17, 2020
Longlevens Chiropractors are faultless. The service is great, very timely, very precise and Danny helped me get back on my feet quickly after the birth of my baby. The 4... read more star rating isn't particularly based on their service - their service is 5 star all day long - I only rated 4 star because as it is a private service, it is expensive and as a part time mum it isn't something I can easily afford. This isn't really a criticism, it's just an unfortunate circumstance to which if I could afford it, I would be going all the time. Next to that and I think this is based on the age of the building, there isn't much in the way of pram accessibility. As much as I could I would try and get little miss looked after by grandparents for an hour or so whilst I attended a session, however that wasn't always the case and had to bring her along with. Granted she was as good as gold when I was having a session but I think my anxiety would have been settle just a touch more should I have been able to keep her asleep in her pram. I do know there was a room downstairs and yes you can take a pram should your session be in the room downstairs however other than that, it's a wee bit sticky. If I could offer 4.5 stars I would! And again, this isn't really a criticism, it's more personal circumstance but I'm just hoping I can express my experiences to other mums who may be in a similar situation. Great service and a lovely friendly team and would always highly recommend
November 15, 2019
Been coming here for over a year now and always made to feel welcome, The receptionists are always helpful and polite and my chiropractor is always on time and very... read more helpful and will always explain everything he does and the benefits of it.
November 2, 2019
Thank you Wiebke. You pinpointed exactly what was causing my discomfort and treated me accordingly. I now feel so much better and am looking forward to the next... read more appointment. The useful information of what I can do at home is really helpful too.
October 8, 2019
Great service and great treatment. I have been seeing Wiebke for some time since having some major back pain preventing me from doing anything without severe pain. She managed to... read more get me moving again very quickly and with some good advice and exercise routine I have managed to gradually improve my back. Very friendly, and knowledgeable service and I would highly recommend them.
June 18, 2019
I had a neck injury which causing me some discomfort. Went in to see Danny for 4 treatments and had big improvements since. Will recommend them to anyone.
May 28, 2019
Excellent. I cannot praise highly enough. I visited the clinic and for an appointment with Danny for a sore lower back and for a neck issue. The lower back pain I’d... read more been experiencing for 6 months or so, and Danny gave me treatment at the clinic and also some exercises to do at home. I normally wake with pain in the lower back and the first day after treatment, the pain, although not 100% gone (maybe 90% gone) I could move freely upon waking. My neck issue also seems a lot better than it was and the techniques to sort this problem seem to be working as well. Many thanks to all at the clinic and special thanks to Danny.
May 21, 2019
Professional service, easy to find and has its own parking. I went with neck pain and it was immediately reduced after just one session (thanks Wiebke!). When I stupidly left... read more my car lights on in the car park and went out to a flat battery the boss kindly jump started me. Nice bunch of people and as I say the treatment worked for me and I will continue less frequent visits to keep it from reoccurring. 5***** all round.
March 18, 2019
Came here after years of back and forth to the GP and a hip operation. Just over a month ago I was taken to hospital with my disc that has... read more slipped which was the final straw with my back pains. I decided to get some more help rather than physio as it never worked and in fact made the pain worse. I currently see Mr Danny Adams who has been wonderful. Everything I say which can come across as silly but he understands and takes it on board. Being a health care professional myself I understand a lot but he breaks down everything to make sure you properly understand and taken it on board which Orthopaedic consultants, GPS and majority of consultants did not do and brushed my pains and problems under the carpet. I’m now getting better, obviously with a slipped disc I have good days and bad days but with Danny’s help it’s a lot more bareable. I can now do light exercise which is something I haven’t been able to do in 6 years. I honestly could not thank Danny enough for his care. The practice as a whole is genuinely lovely and helpful, never had any problems with rescheduling appointments or getting an appointment. I also really like that every few weeks they email you regarding how you’re getting on and how the pain is.
February 20, 2019