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Apple School of Sports Medicine & Back Care
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Clinics Ayr and East Kilbride  

Overcoming Headaches

  • stress induced headaches
  • migraines
  • tension headaches
  • cluster headaches
  • toxicity headaches
  • allergy headaches
  • structural headache

We provide support for all different forms of headache. The intensity, location and frequency of the headache varies greatly from person to person. Headaches are a very common health complaint and are triggered from outside the brain tissue, since the brain itself does not have any sensory nerves. Only certain areas of the head actually feel pain and these include the skin and tissues directly beneath the skin, the arteries, veins, cranial and cervical nerves.

Possible Causes or Contributing Factors

  1. Food allergies/sensitivities is a major cause of most headaches (usually favorite foods)
  2. Chemical/environmental allergies - i.e. MSG, sulfites, pollution, perfumes, etc.
  3. Stress/anxiety
  4. Hormonal imbalances
  5. Genetic predisposition - over half of migraine sufferers have a history of migraines in their family
  6. Head trauma
  7. Dental problems - a dentist should be consulted if this cause is suspect.
  8. Smoking - nicotine causes blood vessels to constrict, while carbon monoxide causes them to dilate, setting up a scenario for migraines and cluster headaches.
  9. Spinal misalignments, pelvic or foot problems - osteopathic care is recommended
  10. Poor posture creates muscular tension that could trigger a headache.
  11. Toxic liver
  12. Toxic colon - bad bacteria can convert tyrosine in the gut to tyramine, which increases blood pressure and can cause headaches.
  13. Excess salt intake, aspartame (NutraSweet) or MSG  
  14. Platelet aggregation and artery constriction decrease blood to the brain and can cause headaches.
  15. NOTE: Migraine sufferers have increased serotonin levels (a vasoconstrictive neurotransmitter) that enhances artery constriction. Serotonin is released when catecholamine (adrenaline and noradrenaline) levels rise due to stress. Serotonin works on different receptors in the blood vessels than it does in the brain. In the brain, serotonin enhances a feeling of well-being. 
  16. Poor diet and nutrient deficiencies 
  17. Heavy metal toxicity
  18. Anemia
  19. Reactive hypoglycemia - need to stabilize blood sugar to avoid headache stimulus

Despite this long list of potential causes, 90% of headaches involve muscular and structural issues affecting the neck and the upper back. The resolution of these problems often has a dramatic influence on headaches of all kinds. Our treatment programs readily assess and treat these issues.


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Apple School of Sports Medicine & Back Care | 64 Hunters Avenue | Ayr KA8 9HS | Scotland 07814 528 087 | email :alan@applesportsmedicine.co.uk