Sumatriptan iontophoretic transdermal system with acute migraine.

November 5th, 2013

The sumatriptan iontophoretic transdermal system (ZECUITY(®)) [hereafter referred to as sumatriptan TDS] is the first transdermal treatment for migraine to be approved by the US FDA. This system should prove useful to those migraine sufferers who have associated nausea and vomiting.

For more details on the system please Click here

Migraine Awareness Week Sept 1st

September 1st, 2013

From September 1st the UK’s leading patient migraine charity, Migraine Action, is spearheading Migraine Awareness Week with events designed to raise awareness of one of the most common disabling conditions. For more information please go to the Migraine Action website and see how you can support them. Click here

Magnesium helps Children with Migraine

August 17th, 2013

Magnesium has been suggested for some time as an adjunct to medication based treatment of migraine in adults. A recent study looked at whether it could be used inconjunction with ibuprofen and/or acetaminophen with children. The results of this particular study were positive and may add to the evidence for the use of magnesium.

Too see more details please click here report

Abdominal Migraine in Adults

July 8th, 2013

As headache clinicians the concept of abdominal migraine in children is a well known phenomena. In adults it is not quite as well documented. A recent case study and discussion on abdominal migraine in adults concludes; “Abdominal migraine should be considered a possible source of incurable abdominal pain in adults when accompanied by a complete gastrointestinal workup with normal results. We recommend a trial of topiramate as prophylactic therapy if abdominal migraine is the likely source of the pain.”

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Opioid use and dependence among persons with migraine

May 29th, 2013

Medication overuse headache is one of the fastest growing problems with headache sufferers in general. The overuse/misuse of medication and more specifically opioid based ones can lead to worse headaches that get worse when you try to stop using the medication. This report highlights the problem particuarly amongst migraine sufferers.

For more information go to: Opioid Report

Cervicogenic Headaches in Office Workers

April 2nd, 2013

The role of soft tissue in the development and continuation of headaches is now well researched, although the exact mechanisms are not fully understood. This situation however is not unusual in the world of headaches and migraine, in fact it is, and has been, the case for many years with all headaches and migraine and all treatments. This lack of full understanding is probably one of the few things neurologists and headache specialists from all fields can agree on.

However a recent study looked at the involvement of dysfunction in the neck and shoulder girdle muscles of office workers as a cause of thier headaches – in this case cervcogenic headaches. The findings will come as no great surprise to all HCUK physical therapists – dysfunction of the trapezius muscle is most responsible for this type of headache, which is why anyone attending a HCUK clinic will have their posture and upper body examinesd including the shoulder girdle muscles.

for more details on the study click here

Nummular Headaches – A Case Report

February 11th, 2013

At Headache Clinics UK we have had a few cases of nummular headaches and this latest report sheds a bit more light on them, but as with much in the world of headaches there doesn’t seem to be a clear origin or strongly evidence based approach. In this particular case the treatment approach seems a little extreme; but as many of you know, sometimes people will try anything to get rid of the headache.

For more information on this latest case Click Here

Associations of Migraine and Depressive Symptoms

January 13th, 2013

It has been long known that migraine is linked with other co-morbitities, one of which is depression. A recent study has highlighted how a decrease in migraine frequency and severity can reduce level of depression.

For more details go to Migraine and depression

Functional Neurology CPD – Feb 3rd 2013 NOW FULL, Jan 7th

December 10th, 2012

This seminar was first run in Nov 2012 and due to the demand we have scheduled it again on 3rd Feb 2013

The seminar on functional neurology is aimed at the treatment of headaches. This one day event is suitable for chiropractors who want to understand more about practical neurology and its application in the clinic but also neurologists who might want to see chiropractic from a new view point.

A flyer and booking form can be downloaded from here Booking Form

NICE Headache Guidelines Published

September 19th, 2012

Many people will have heard the medication overuse stories on the radio today and by no co-incidence the new NICE Headache Guidelines are published.

The link to access them is NICE Guidelines

Headache Clinics has been involved from the beginning of the development and the final form is as expected. Although one has to applaud the development of an evidence based guideline, the reality is that most of the evidence for headache management is weak and these guidelines do nothing to foster the commonly agreed principle of multidisciplinary management of headaches.

This is a shame as patients have much to benefit from this approach and the sooner NICE looks beyond RCTs as their Gold standard for all interventions, the better.