Headache and Migraine Treatment Brisbane Northside


Headaches and migraines are commonly suffered by 1000s of residents in Brisbane.  Causes may be as simple as diet, lifestyle or as complicate as neurological or even mental health and thinking patterns.  This short article explains what they area and how GPs and allied health practitioners at Ubuntu Medical can help.


What Are Headaches/ Migraines?

 Migraines are more intense in sensation than headaches and are generally are localised to 1 side of the head and have a throbbing quality to them.  It should be noted that sometimes the symptoms can switch sides of the brain as well between episodes.  Symptoms can generally last anywhere between 2 hours and 3-4 days.  Other symptoms can include:


  • Dizziness
  • Severe sensitivity to light
  • Sensitivity to sounds
  • Nausea
  • Neck Pain or Soreness
  • Shoulder Tightness


Headaches, on the other hand, have less intensity and pain duration.  Typically, they will last for anywhere between 15 minutes to 3 hours.  The individual will feel as though there is a tight elastic band placed around their head.  Headaches are typically caused by dehydration and stress and fatigue.  People will typically manage them with stress management techniques, water intake and over the counter pain medications.


What Are The Causes?

Headaches and migraines can be caused by:


  • Stress
  • Hormonal Imbalance
  • Water Intake
  • Diet
  • Physical Exercise


Research suggests that there is a part of the brain stem that is particularly sensitive in clients who have a headache and migraine conditions.  This brainstem receives all the pain signals from the human brain, neck, forehead, scalp etc.  The brain stem also signals changes in serotonin which is affected by things such as stress, diet.  It is important to be aware that different people will be affected by the different thing in different ways.  This is why it is important to be individually assessed by a qualified medical professional.


Top Of Neck Is Key

Studies have found that the top of the neck is a major factor in the creation of headaches and migraines.  Maybe it is because of tightness or more neurological factors or because of lifestyle factors.



Team-Based Approach To Healthcare

At Ubuntu Medical, we have a team-based approach to handling headaches.  Typically you will make an appointment with one of our GPs who will provide an initial assessment and prescribe any medications.  Then if required a referral to either the psychologist, acupuncturist or chiropractor will then be recommended.


We also do Pain Management