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Reha Migrena pomaga w leczeniu migreny i bólu głowy.

Headaches & Migraines

The first clinic in Poland offering a scientifically researched and effective treatment for all types of cervicogenic migraines.

Migraine and headache

The revolutionary method of treating cervicogenic migraines and headaches from Australia brings relief to 80% of patients within 4-5 treatments. It is the only scientifically validated manual approach that positively reduces the causes of migraine and headaches.

przyczyna bólu głowy

How does it work?

Your therapist will use a series of cervical manual techniques to confirm or rule out cervical involvement as a cause of brainstem sensitization, which is a primary factor in headaches and migraines. The constant brain sensitization from the involved neck area can be directly involved in your migraines.


Research has identified that the trigeminocervical complex in the brainstem is the source of irritation (sensitization) in migraine and headaches. Regardless of the type of headache, that specific area where the input from the trigeminal nerve and three upper cervical nerves is received is constantly irritated.


Many triggers can spike your migraine, but the neck component is the strongest source of central sensitization (overactive brain stem).


This treatment method is very selective and consists of applying pressure on individual structures of the cervical spine (without neck cracking!) to trigger the appropriate reaction of the central nervous system. If your cervical spine is involved in your migraines, stress on the individual joints of the first three vertebrae will elicit pain in the head, confirming that your pain is of cervical origin. The method aim at decreasing the over activity of the brainstem.


In the same session, I will treat your neck and provide a detailed plan for subsequent sessions, and education you on how to prevent pain recurrence.

Migraines and Headaches treatment without the use of medication

Reha migrena w leczeniu bólu głowy
Rodzaje bólu głowy i migreny.

Types of Headaches or Migraines

Cervicogenic Headache

You may be thinking that to have a cervicogenic headache you must have experienced neck trauma, like a motor vehicle accident or a fall. You will be surprised to know that many people who experience cervicogenic headaches have never had any neck trauma or whiplash. They do however recall exercising poor posture during their work duties or at home that over the long term can cause cervicogenic headaches.


Poor posture creates muscle tension that is so strong that will cause a vertebrae misalignment that is the direct cause of your headaches.
The constant stimulation of the affected area in your neck will be translated by your brain as a cervicogenic headache.


Quite often we can reproduce your symptoms of headache by applying pressure to the upper cervical spine (C1- C2 and C3 vertebrae). This indicates that in fact, your neck is involved in your headaches.

Cervicogenic headache is perceived in your head but has origins in your neck:

  • vertebrae

  • joints

  • muscles

  • discs

  • ligaments

  • nerves

Symptoms of cervicogenic headache:

Szyjnopochodny ból głowy

Zła postawa ciała przyczynia się do niewłaściwego zachowania się dysku pomiędzy kręgami co w rezultacie wywołuje napięcie mięśni podpotylicznych, które jest tak silne, że powoduje rotację kręgów szyjnych. Ciągła stymulacja (sensytyzacja) dotkniętego obszaru szyi przyczynia się do centralnej sensytyzacji pnia mózgu i powstawania bólu głowy. 


Dość często możemy odtworzyć ból głowy, wywierając nacisk na górny odcinek kręgosłupa szyjnego (kręgi C1-C2 i C3). Oznacza to, że w rzeczywistości twoja szyja jest bezpośrednią przyczyną twojego bólu głowy.
 

  • neck pain and stiffness

  • decreased range of motion

  • muscle tension around your neck

  • your headache more likely will start at the neck and travel up to the front of your head and behind your eye

Tension-type headache

According to statistics tension headache is the most widespread headache disorder and affects 85% of the population. It affects mainly women. It could be felt like a tight feeling on both sides of the head and quite often the onset is sudden. The headache can last from 1 hour to even 5-7 days. 

People with tension-type headaches usually do not experience migraine symptoms, like:

  • visual aura

  • nausea

  • vomiting

  • blurry vision

  • sound or light sensitivity

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Cluster Headache

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Cluster headache is regarded as the most painful headache of all other types of headaches. Regarded as a rare type of headache, the symptoms are the most severe and debilitating.

 

A person with a cluster headache can have 1- 2 episodes of severely painful cluster attacks that can last from 10-15 minutes up to 3 hours.


One person can have up to 8 attacks a day. If you are experiencing more attacks during spring or autumn, where the break between episodes is at least 6 months, that means you have episodic cluster headaches.

 

Chronic cluster headaches sufferers experience them in less than 3 months intervals. 

Symptoms of Cluster Headache:

  • Unilateral, severe, and deeply situated pain around or behind one eye or in the temple

  • Excessive tearing and redness of the involved eye

  • Swelling or droopiness in the affected eye

  • The runny nose on the affected side

  • Agitations, restlessness
     

Vestibular migraine

A formal diagnosis of Vestibular migraine was only developed in 2012 but it is still poorly diagnosed and misunderstood. It is listed in the appendix of the International Classification of Headache Disorders, for entities that ‘are believed to be real but for which better scientific evidence must be presented before they can be formally accepted’.

Symptoms of vestibular migraine:

  • Vertigo, dizziness

  • Headache

  • Photophobia

  • Nausea

  • Brain Fog

  • Lethargy

  • Sleep disturbances

Migrena przedsionkowa

Vestibular migraine, if properly diagnosed, can be treated at Reha Migrena.We now know that the nerve endings from the top of the neck feed directly into the sensitized brainstem, causing the aforementioned symptoms. Moreover, the sub-occipital muscles play a major role in proper vestibular function and a dysfunction in these muscles can be very disruptive. With the revolutionary method, we can correct the positions of the three upper neck vertebrae and help with vestibular migraine.

Menstrual migraine

The most recent research demonstrated that women suffering from menstrual migraines do not generally have any hormonal abnormalities. However, they have found that the primary contributing factor to menstrual migraine is the upper neck which sensitizes the brainstem. The slight changes in the estrogen levels before or at the end of the menstrual cycle are interpreted by the already sensitized brainstem as something out of balance. This misinterpretation results in migraine symptoms.

We can distinguish 2 main types of menstrual migraine:

  • Pure Menstrual Migraine

  • Menstrual Related Migraine


Pure menstrual migraine occurs 1-3 days before or after menstruation and women affected by them do not experience any other migraines outside of their menstruation cycle. They only occur in 10% of women.

 

Menstrual-related migraine typically occurs 1-3 days before or after menstruation but also can experience head pain outside of their menstruation cycle.

Migrena menstruacyjna
Migrena menstruacyjna

Whiplash headaches

Can whiplash cause headaches?

If you have recently experienced a car accident or fallen on your head, you can be diagnosed with whiplash. The sudden and severe movement to your neck during the impact causes damage to many muscles, nerves, or ligaments in your neck. Whiplash can cause neck pain and surrounding muscle tension, reduced range of motion, and headaches.

How can I treat whiplash-induced headaches or migraines?

Bóle głowy spowodowane urazem

Research has identified that the trigeminocervical complex in the brainstem is the source of irritation (sensitization) in migraine and headaches. Regardless of the type of headache, that specific area where the input from the trigeminal nerve and three upper cervical nerves is received is constantly irritated. Many triggers can spike your migraine, but the neck component is the strongest source of central sensitization. Due to moderate or severe injury to your neck during a whiplash, that process of sensitization takes place immediately after the injury.

Migraine with or without aura

Migraine is a complex disorder producing symptoms like nausea, light or sound sensitivity, dizziness, brain fog, and disorientation that is caused by the overactive brain stem. The groundbreaking method that we use can help the overactive pain-induced reflux return to normal, in other words, it desensitizes the brainstem.


The pain typically lasts between 4 – 72 hours and is one-sided, pulsating, moderate to severe.

 

We distinguish 2 types of migraine, with and without aura.

What is a migraine aura?

Migraine aura affects less than 30% of people. Aura is a one-sided and fully reversible neurological sign where the majority of people will experience visual disturbances like scintillating scotomas (vision replaced by a geometric shape – e.g. a zig-zag), visual snow, flickering light, loss or blurred vision. Together with migraine aura, people can also experience:

 

  • Pins and needles or numbness

  • Tinnitus or buzzing sensation

  • Altered cognitive function, like the inability to form words

  • Altered taste

  • Difficulty speaking or smelling

  • Difficulty swallowing


Over the years of research, the scientists were not able to work out the mechanics of migraine aura and it has been observed that the mechanism in the human brain appears much more complex than first thought.


The current ‘best guess’ is that an event similar to the cortical spreading depression observed by Leao in 1944  is ‘likely to be’ the underlying cause of auras associated with migraine.

 

As the blood flow decreases the nerves are not able to conduct signals. When the signals cease, the brain isn’t able to interpret the information, for example, from the occipital lobe (visual cortex) – so part of the visual field is lost, or in some cases replaced, and we have a scotoma.

People with migraine with aura have the same abnormal brainstem function that other major forms of headache have. The abnormality shared by all these disorders is an overstimulated brainstem in the area housing the trigeminal (face and head nerves) and upper three cervical nerves (top of the neck).

Migrena z aurą

Sinus Headache

Sinus headache can occur due to respiratory infections in patients experiencing oversensitivity of the trigeminal nerve. In normal circumstances, the trigeminal nerve reacts to an allergen and then relays the information to the superior salivatory nucleus to produce mucus and clear the sinuses. In patients with central sensitization, any type of non-allergic dust is registered as a threat, and our body experience overproduction of mucus, which becomes home to bacteria and causes frequent sinus infections. This process also results in sinus headache, where patients experience symptoms similar to migraine or tension-type headache, but also runny nose, watery eyes, or sinus pain.

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Find out how we treat sinus headache

Cyclic vomiting syndrome (CVS)

Cyclic vomiting syndrome is a condition that affects often children and the pathway leading to a proper diagnosis can be very frustrating. Patients often experience patterns of:
 

  • Sudden bouts of nausea and vomiting, that happen at similar times of the day or week and are triggered by consistent but seemingly unrelated triggers, and no one else at home seems to get similar symptoms.  

Zespół cyklicznych wymiotów

Patients affected by cyclic vomiting syndrome also undergo multiple tests to exclude any other gastrointestinal issues and come back with no evidence of organic, systemic, or metabolic diseases that is likely to explain the symptoms.


80% of children affected by CVS go on to develop migraine symptoms in their adulthood. Only 40% of CVS get a correct diagnosis.  


If your child has similar symptoms and has undergone investigations that didn’t point to any other conditions, we can conduct a non-invasive assessment at Reha Migrena. 

Find out how we treat cyclic vomiting syndrome

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