Don’t let headaches or migraines ruin your life

Apex Headache Clinic, Belfast is the first drug-free headache and migraine clinic in Ireland, and has been clearing headaches and migraines for years. An experienced team of specialist physiotherapists is led by clinic founder and Spinal & Headache Physiotherapy Specialist, Rebecca Nelson.  Her approach of treating and clearing headaches/ migraines, called The Nelson Headache Approach is offered in no other clinics, and its high success rate explains why people travel from all over the UK and southern Ireland for this treatment. This month, Rebecca explains why getting to the source of the problem, rather than painkillers is the solution to curing headaches and migraines.

Headaches ruin lives

At Apex Headache Clinic we witness on a daily basis how headaches can have devastating effects on lives, leaving the person desperate to find a cure for their pain. In the UK alone, a staggering 10 million people suffer from daily or frequent headaches.

Many people blame tension or stress for their headaches and so they reach for painkillers which offer them no long lasting relief. But what many are unaware of, is that there is often a physical cause for their headaches stemming from their upper neck, which can be treated successfully without the need for medication. Many folk with headaches or migraines have neck pain, however a large amount of these people have no neck pain at all, even when their headaches are being triggered from their neck. Poor posture or hours spent hunched over desks and computers can cause persistent neck-triggered headaches or migraines, as can repeated heavy lifting or a previous injury.

Headaches and migraines can stem from your neck

While spending the early part of my physiotherapy career in New Zealand, over 20 years ago, I sought treatment for my own migraines, which were diagnosed as stemming from my neck. I had no idea that my neck was involved, and this treatment was life changing for me.  I’ve had no headaches or migraines ever since. When I returned to Northern Ireland, I later launched Apex Headache Clinic with the sole aim of providing a cure to other migraine and headache sufferers like myself.

The Nelson Headache Approach

Inspired by my experience of treating headaches in New Zealand and later the UK, I designed my own regime for treating headaches and migraines, called the Nelson Headache Approach. My specialist regime of manual physiotherapy treatment for headaches and migraines has been successfully used in patients of all ages, from children to elderly folk. All of our highly specialist physiotherapists have been extensively trained for years in this approach, and we have a very high success rate in curing persistent, longstanding headaches and migraines. The Nelson Headache Approach is a unique treatment regime, which is offered in no other clinics in the UK and Ireland.

Say goodbye to your headaches for good

Helen Barbour from Co. Down said: “There is no definitive moment that I can pinpoint to the onset of my headaches. To be honest, they’re something that I’ve always suffered with. Over the years they began to get progressively worse and about three years ago, I started getting migraines. The pain was just awful. Each time I had a migraine, my plans for the day were quickly ruined. I had no option but to go to bed and wait for the pain to pass.

My own GP recommended Apex Headache Clinic after hearing about the clinic’s high success rates. After I described my migraines and my physio carried out a thorough assessment, she was confident that my neck was triggering my migraines and headaches. Within just a couple of weeks I began to notice a massive difference and I really couldn’t believe it. Now, I’ve been migraine free for five months. The difference to my life is indescribable.”

Treat pain at its source

As with all niggles, aches and pains, we recommend that you get to the root of your symptoms as soon as possible. In the vast majority of cases, Apex Headache Clinic’s specialist physiotherapists can clear your headaches and migraines and give you back your quality of life.

To book an appointment, call Apex Headache Clinic on: 028 9048 4153. No GP referral is necessary.