Headaches are very common. It is documented that over 10 million people in the UK alone suffer regularly for any type of headache, which makes them one of the most common health complaint. Most are not serious or life threatening.

Having said that if you do get headaches regularly they can have a huge impact to your life. They can be absolutely debilitating and you can spend days shut away in a dark room to help them go away.

There are many types of headaches. The most common ones are :-

  • Tension

Also called stress headaches, chronic daily headaches, or chronic non-progressive headaches, they are the most common type among adults and teens. They cause mild to moderate pain and come and go over time.

  • Migraines

These headaches are often described as pounding, throbbing pain. They can last from 4 hours to 3 days and usually happen one to four times per month. Along with the pain, people have other symptoms, such as sensitivity to light, noise, or smells; nausea or vomiting; loss of appetite; and upset stomach or belly pain. When a child has a migraine, she often looks pale, feels dizzy, and has blurry vision, fever, and an upset stomach

  • Cluster

This type is intense and feels like a burning or piercing pain behind the eyes, either throbbing or constant. They are the least common but the most severe. They are called cluster  because they tend to happen in groups. You might get them one to three times per day during a cluster period, which may last 2 weeks to 3 months. The headaches may disappear completely (go into “remission”) for months or years, only to come back again.

  • Sinus

With this type of headache you may feel constant intense pain in your cheekbones, bridge of the nose and forehead. They happen when the sinuses become blocked and inflamed.  You may also have other symptoms such as a runny nose, ear pressure, high temperature and swelling in your face.

How can complementary therapy help with relieving the symptoms of a headache?

Reflexology and reiki