HEADACHE AND MIGRAINE SPECIALIST
Did you know that 10% of Singapore’s population has experienced a significant headache or migraine episode in their lives? If you have had a severe headache or chronic migraine before, you know how frustrating and disabling the pain can be. Manage your migraine and headache with the help of our specialists.
GET CHIROPRACTIC CARE FOR HEADACHES
Different Chiropractic centres in Singapore may use unique techniques, such as the NeuroPro method and Upper Cervical care, to manage headaches and migraines in Singapore, and also relieve the tension that you feel around your head to get you feeling better.
WHAT ARE HEADACHES AND MIGRAINES?
Many people may experience mild pain in their head at some point in their lives. But for others, they experience intense pain in the back of their heads due to many trigger factors such as stress, lifestyle, or even family history. This pain is normally associated with a headache. However, there is also another type of headache called ‘migraine’ where the intensity of pain is very different.
WHAT CAUSES HEADACHES AND MIGRAINES?
There are a number of factors that trigger a headache or migraine attack. One common trigger is stress. When you are stressed, the brain needs to work harder to fulfil mental and emotional tasks. With this reduced capacity, the brain loses its ability to maintain the body in a healthy balance, including muscle regulation and proper nerve function.
Other than stress, headaches and migraines can be triggered by vastly different causes. For cluster headaches, it has been suggested to be linked to the expansion of blood vessels in the brain from an activity in the hypothalamus, the brain’s region which controls our body’s inner balance.
One potential cause is the disruption of the hypothalamus due to spinal misalignments, especially in the upper neck region (C1 and C2). The spinal cord runs through these particular spinal bones and directly connects to the hypothalamus via the brainstem. Hence, any irritation to the spinal cord can influence the hypothalamus and its associated blood vessels.
WHEN TO VISIT A HEADACHE AND MIGRAINE SPECIALISTVisit a specialist when headaches or migraines become frequent and significantly disrupt daily life. If you experience them more than twice a week, lasting for several hours or days, it could be a sign of a more complex condition that requires specialised attention.
DIAGNOSING HEADACHES AND MIGRAINES
When it comes to diagnosing headaches in Singapore, a specialist will consider the patient’s medical history and conduct a physical examination to identify the headache type and rule out severe issues like tumours. Depending on the headache’s suspected cause, tests such as X-rays, MRIs, CT scans, blood work, and nerve scans might be carried out.
However, migraines, despite being recognised, lack specific diagnostic tests. Specialists often use CT or MRI scans to eliminate serious underlying issues, like strokes or tumours.
An initial consultation may include X-ray and nerve scans to examine your upper neck for Subluxation and potential nerve issues contributing to your symptoms. Based on the findings, your specialist will create a personalised care plan for you to take your life back.
CARE OPTIONS FOR HEADACHES AND MIGRAINES
Managing headaches on the back of the head, front, or sides primarily involve medications, muscle relaxants, counselling, pain management, and even electronic medical devices. Similarly, the current approach for migraines is medication. However, the form of medication has changed over the years.
Previously, the appropriate medication was focused on vascular/blood vessels, such as blood pressure-lowering beta-blockers. Now medical practitioners prescribe medication to manage the nerves and associated tight muscles, including:
- Pain relievers, such as triptans and opioids
- Anti-seizure medication
- Anti-nausea medication
- Botox injections
- Antibody injections
Other approaches by holistic practitioners also suggest meditation, exercise, a regular sleep routine and drinking more water. These methods can be more helpful long term than medication, which may numb the symptoms momentarily. However, research shows that all these methods only provide short-term relief and don’t address the underlying cause. Analysis has revealed that the cause is often problems in the upper neck, irritating the nerves that supply information to the head, neck and face.
General Chiropractors tend to focus on the nervous system while Chiropractors that are Upper Cervical specialists tend to look at the bones at the top part of the neck, known as the Occiput, Atlas and Axis. This is the location of the Atlanto-Occipital Articulation, as mentioned above, where Subluxation takes place.
With the Upper Cervical Chiropractic technique, it can be useful in relieving headaches and migraines without the use of medication. That’s because the technique focuses on the top part of the neck where the spinal cord (connected to the brain stem) is positioned (C1 and C2). After a headache and migraine specialist performs the technique, patients may experience less headaches and migraines, including hemiplegic migraines.
After receiving Chiropractic care for headaches and migraines, you are advised to adhere to your follow-up sessions and the recommendations provided by the specialist. That way, you can optimise your overall well-being and maintain its benefits.
Adhering to your follow-up sessions allow your Chiropractor to monitor your progress, make any necessary adjustments to your care plan, and address any new concerns or symptoms that may arise.
- Lifestyle modifications
Your Chiropractor may recommend specific changes such as improving your posture, incorporating regular exercise, practising stress management techniques, maintaining a healthy diet, and getting enough sleep.
RISK OF Ignoring HEADACHES AND MIGRAINES
When you neglect to see a headache and migraine specialist when symptoms consistently occur, it can have significant consequences for your health and overall quality of life. Here are some risks associated with not seeking proper treatment:
- Increased Pain and Discomfort
- Impaired Functions
- Emotional Impact
- Reduced Quality of Life
- Underlying Health Issues
HEADACHES AND MIGRAINES CHIROPRACTIC CARE RATES
Here’s an estimate of the charges for Chiropractic care with our headache and migraine specialist.
Phone call with the headache and migraine specialist to talk about your case and determine if we are the right fit for you.
The headache and migraine specialist will get your full history, as well as run a physical examination, postural assessment, and nerve system tests.
The specialist will explain the findings and X-rays from the consultation. They will then create a customised care plan.
They will perform a nerve scan and adjustment as needed. You will go through re-examinations and rehab exercises.
MEET OUR HEADACHE AND MIGRAINE SPECIALISTS
Shaan is a GCC registered Chiropractor from London (UK) who graduated from Anglo-European College of Chiropractic (UK) – not a medical or dental qualification. He has completed post-graduate studies and has been serving patients in Singapore since 2015.
He founded Vitality Chiropractic Centres to open the first Upper Cervical clinic in Singapore.
He is the Alliance of Chiropractic (AoC) Chairman for Outreach, organising events within Singapore with People’s Association and other charities. Shaan has served thousands of patients, with experience in patients with headaches, migraines, vertigo, Meniere’s, IBS and other chronic nerve system problems.
Jessey is a GCC registered Chiropractor from Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia) who graduated from Anglo-European College of Chiropractic (UK) – not a medical or dental qualification. She has experience serving patients from two weeks old to 96 years old prior to moving to Singapore and joining Vitality Chiropractic.
She has completed post-graduate studies and is Singapore’s first female Upper Cervical Chiropractor.
Jessey is active in outreach, participating in charitable trips to Cambodia and within Singapore. Jessey has experience helping patients with headaches, migraines, vertigo, Meniere’s, slipped disc, anxiety, fibrillations, IBS and other chronic nerve system problems. She also has a special interest in children and younger patients.
PATIENT REVIEWS FOR OUR SPECIALISTS IN SINGAPORE
I had migraine since I was a teenager. Over time it got worse and I was diagnosed with overuse medication headache. I was advised to take aimovig, a new drug for treatment of migraine to be injected once a month. That’s when i chanced upon Dr Shaan. After 3 months of treatment the frequency and severity of my migraine tremendously improved. I would recommend anyone having the same problem to see Dr Shaan.
– Bibah Yusoff