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Dr. Nageena Akhtar at work


  • By Nageena

Chronic headaches

Chronic headaches and migraines affect millions of people. The severity of pain can vary from mild and intermittent to episodes of exhausting throbbing, brutal agony, as well as nausea and vomiting.

Headache relief comes from a variety of means, including over-the-counter medications and prescription drugs, rest, and ice/heat packs on the forehead or neck. Sources of headaches include, but are not limited to, certain kinds of foods, sounds, excessive noise or bright lights, changes in blood sugar, and even too much exercise.

Some recent studies have shown that patients suffering from chronic headaches and migraines may benefit more from long-term chiropractic care rather than drug therapy alone. For headaches that originate in the cervical, or neck area, chiropractic treatment such as spinal manipulation, has been shown to be quite effective. Doctors of chiropractic successfully help thousands of individuals everyday obtain safe, effective, long-term relief from their headaches. This is because most headaches have a spinal, muscular, or habitual component which the chiropractor has been trained to identify and treat.

Migraine Headaches

Migraines are broken down into 2 categories:

Migraine with *aura (Classic Migraine)
Migraine without *aura (Common Migraine)

* An aura is a perceptual experience that usually comes before the onset of a Migraine headache and consists of the visualization of strange light, strange smells, or confusing thoughts or experiences.
Migraines are more common in women, although can occur in men as well. Many things can trigger migraines including, but not limited to, the use of medications, food triggers, environmental exposure, sleeping habits, etc. The first and best approach to correctly diagnose a migraine is to keep a headache journal, accounting for all foods eaten, sleep patterns, drinking patterns, medications, and other exposures. Additionally, one should keep track of their exercise habits, scenarios of stress, when the headaches come and go, how long they last, etc. The more detailed the better.

The good news is that the treatment of migraines is quite successful when utilizing chiropractic adjustments, particularly in the upper cervical spine (neck). Research has indicated quite successful results when chiropractic manipulation is applied to patients suffering from migraine headaches. In addition to chiropractic adjustments, nutrition and supplementation tends to have positive and lasting effects as well. Dr. Nageena approaches this serious condition from many angles helping increase the possibility of success, as it was through the relief of her mother’s migraine with chiropractic that inspired her to become a doctor of chiropractic since the age of eleven. She is determined to help migraine patients, as she knows first hand how it can effect the lives of all the people involved such as the children and not just that of the patient.

Tension Headaches

Tension Headaches are typically described as worse in the afternoon and evening, and are often work and stress related. The pain is usually felt on both sides of the forehead and/or the top of the neck. These headaches can last for long periods of time (as much as weeks) and can be triggered by something as simple as an uncomfortable airplane ride. Tension headaches are caused by both muscle tension as well as trigger points in the muscles, which are small, focused, irritated spots within the muscles that just cannot seem to relax.

Chiropractic adjustments and various muscle release techniques prove to be the best and safest tension headache treatment available. Research indicates quite successful results when Chiropractic manipulation is applied to patients suffering from tension headaches. Non-invasive and non-medicated, the treatments available for these types of headaches often achieve results immediately. The key is to ensure that proper steps are taken to avoid recurrences of the tension that may cause the headaches.

At our practice, Dr. Nageena not only succeeds in relieving the stress and tension which is the underlying cause of tension headaches, but she also seeks to reveal the causes so that you can help take back your health and control your comfort.

Cervicogenic Headaches

Cervicogenic headaches can stand alone, but more commonly are part of a broader range of headaches that overlap. As the name suggests, the culprit with a cervicogenic headache is the neck region. Injury to muscles, joints, ligaments, nerves, nerve roots, and other structures present in the neck can all contribute. Typically, reduced movement of the neck is associated with this type of headache.

Much like migraine and tension-type headaches, the ideal cervicogenic headache treatment is Chiropractic adjustments and care. Research indicates quite successful results when Chiropractic manipulation is applied to patients suffering from cervicogenic headaches.

If you are experiencing headaches or migraine, visit or call to schedule an appointment as soon as possible. As a Doctor of Chiropractic, Dr. Nageena, a prominent chiropractor in Dubai will help alleviate the pain sooner rather than later through various pain-relieving chiropractic techniques. Regular chiropractic treatments can promote health, healing, wellness and well-being.