A headache is the most common nervous system disorder. Approximately 50% of adults have headaches throughout the year and most of them are mitigated without going to a doctor. However, headaches can be so severe or frequent that they cause significant disruptions to daily activities.
If there is an accurate diagnosis, headaches can be effectively treated
We have a comprehensive approach to headache treatment at the Confido Headache Centre. The headache treatment journey starts with an appointment to see a neurologist , where they identify the causes of the headache, after which you will be diagnosed and a treatment plan will be created in order to restore the quality of life that has been affected by the headache. An accurate diagnosis is needed for effective headache treatment. Confido has world-class diagnostic facilities and we can conduct all necessary tests (e.g. blood tests, MRI, CT scans, lumbar puncture). The neurologist will create a treatment plan involving a team of specialists on the basis of the diagnosis.
In addition to the neurologist, the headache treatment consisto of:
- Headache nurse
A neurology nurse (also known as a headache nurse) monitors the patients and consults them; additionally, they evaluate the effectiveness and side effects of headache medications and they provide advice regarding what lifestyle changes must be made to reduce headache triggers. They also perform neuromodulation procedures, which are effective ways to prevent and mitigate headaches.
Physiotherapy uses several techniques (functional movement exercises, chiropractics, massages and dry needling, if necessary) to improve the mobility and balance of soft tissues and joints. This greatly helps prevent and mitigate headaches.
The physiotherapist will teach you how to conduct relaxation exercises by yourself so that you can notice how your muscles tense up during stress as well as how to release this stress.
Frequent disconcerting headaches can cause anxiety, mental stress and harmful behaviour patterns, and thus migraine patients are much more likely to experience anxiety and depression compared to healthy individuals. The psychologist evaluates the state of mind and uses psychotherapy to teach individuals to regulate their emotions more effectively as well as use better coping mechanisms. Headaches can also be reduced if emotions are managed skilfully. In addition, the psychologist can recommend and teach meditation.
Headache medications and supplements
Headache medications and supplements
Nerve block injections
Cognitive behavioural therapy
- Neurology consultation (headache)
- Neurology nurse consultation (headache)
- Emergency treatment of headache
Neurology consultation (headache)Look for appointment times
Headaches are the most common disorder of the nervous system. Approximately 50% of adults have headaches throughout the year and most of them are treated without going to a doctor. Still, some headaches can be so painful or frequent that they disturb daily activities and require medical intervention.
In this case, we recommend booking a consultation with a neurologist to diagnose and treat the headache. During the consultation, we will find the cause of the headache and, depending on the diagnosis (e.g. migraine, cluster headache, tension headache), make a treatment plan to improve the patient’s quality of life. The team for headache treatment includes a neurologist, a headache nurse, a physiotherapist and a psychologist.
The consultation is also a great way to get an expert assessment on a previous diagnosis or change a treatment plan.
Some tests may be performed for an additional fee to clarify the diagnosis, if necessary.
Please be sure to fill out the headache questionnaire before the neurologist visit – so the doctor can get to know the causes and nature of your headache in advance.