Stop headaches or migraines ruining your life

Apex Headache Clinic, Belfast is the first drug-free headache and migraine clinic in Ireland, and has been clearing headache and migraine sufferers 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 in the UK, and its high success rate sees people travel from all over the UK, southern Ireland and Europe for this treatment. This month, Rebecca explains why getting to the source of the problem, rather than painkillers is always the best solution to curing headaches and migraines.

Headaches can ruin lives

At Apex Headache Clinic, Belfast we see everyday 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 believe tension or stress is the cause of their headaches and so they reach for painkillers but these offer 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, even when the person experiences no neck pain at all. Poor posture or hours spent hunched over desks and computers commonly cause persistent neck-triggered headaches or migraines, as can repeated heavy lifting or a previous spinal injury.

Headaches and migraines can stem from your neck

While spending the early part of my physiotherapy career in New Zealand, over 25 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

Ruth Graham from Antrim said: “The first time I ever had a migraine I was 14 years ago. The pain was so bad that it woke me up in the middle of the night and I went straight to hospital. Since then, migraines have always been a part of my life and I’ve done everything possible to try to clear them, including numerous GP appointments, MRIs, CT scans, blood tests and I even had a lumbar puncture. I have also been on every painkiller known, which have done very little to ease the pain.

“When my specialist physio at Apex Clinic diagnosed my migraines as stemming from my neck, it just made sense. After only a couple of weeks, I started to feel relief and gradually, over the next few months, the frequency of my migraines lessened. Now, like everyone, I still get the odd headache but to go from having constant migraines, to a headache once a month is a massive difference.”

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 restore the quality of your life.

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