Headache is pain in any region of the head. Headaches may occur on one or both sides of the head, be isolated to a certain location, radiate across the head from one point.

A headache may appear as a sharp pain, a throbbing sensation, shooting pain or a dull ache. Headaches can develop gradually or suddenly, and may last from less than an hour to several days. 

Below are three most common headaches seen at Backspace, but not limited to. If you fall into one of the categories, contact the clinic on (02) 8820 0890 for a full assessment, differnital diagnosis and management options for your Headache.

"It is normal to experience Headaches, but it isn't normal to be living your entire life with constant Headaches".

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Migraine Headache

Typical characteristics of Migraine Headaches:

‣ Lasts 4-72 hours

‣ With Aura or Without Aura

‣ Unilateral location (One sided)

‣ Pulsating quality

‣ Moderate or severe intensity

‣ Nausea

‣ Photophobia (Light Sensitivity)

‣ Phonophobia (Noise Sensitivity) - Rare


Cervicogenic Headache

Typical characteristics of Cervicogenic Headaches:

‣ Lasts hours to days

‣ With Aura or Without Aura

‣ Starts from Neck/Base of Skull location

‣ Dull quality

‣ Moderate or severe intensity

‣ Nausea

‣ Photophobia (Light Sensitivity) - Sometimes

‣ Phonophobia (Noise Sensitivity) - Rare

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Tension Headache

Typical characteristics of Tension Headaches:

‣ Lasts 30 mins-7 days

‣ 10 episodes of headaches over 1-14 days per months for > 3 months

‣ Bilateral Location (Both Sides)

‣ Pressing or tightening (non-pulsating) quality

‣ Mild to Moderate intensity

‣ No Nausea or vomiting

‣ No Photophobia (Light Sensitivity)

‣ No Phonophobia (Noise Sensitivity)