Headaches – the hidden cause

Neck exercise to relieve headacheAnyone who has suffered from regular headaches knows how unpleasant and disrupting they can be. Many headache sufferers find it difficult to concentrate, to work or even carry out simple activities without feeling grumpy.

Jamie’s story

Jamie came to me here at Sundial because of six years of headaches that were affecting his work and his life with his partner. And things were getting worse. A recent increase of the frequency of the episodes made him realise he had to do something.

Headaches can be bad enough but Jamie’s symptoms started a journey all of their own. His pain was travelling from his neck to the top of his head on one side and travelling down to the shoulders and to between his  shoulder blades. He would always have the headaches during the week and only found respite at the weekends. A stressful day at work or being on a computer for long period of time was increasing the pain to unbearable levels so even painkillers were ineffective

Jamie has a job with a lot of responsibilities in a big company and needs to manage a team. He spends a lot of time sitting in meetings and even more staring at  a computer screen. Stress is a constant feature in his work.

When Jamie came to see he was keen to end this agony. After an examination I found that some of the joints in his neck were stiff and not moving correctly. The surrounding muscles were in spasm and were very sore to the touch. It was clear that Jamie was suffering from headaches caused by referred pain from the neck – so called cervicogenic headaches.

In Jamie’s case the dysfunction has been triggered by his repetitive poor posture, especially sitting at the computer for long periods of time.

Successful treatment begins

I started to treat Jamie for cervicogenic headaches, by addressing the cause. As a chiropractor I worked on the muscles of Jamie’s neck and shoulders applying gentle pressure to relax the muscle tension. I also used my hands to increase the mobility of his neck joints using gentle pressure.

But Jamie had to bring some change in his life as well. Here are the tips I gave him and it could help you too to deal with your cervicogenic headaches.

Jamie has now far fewer  episodes of pain and during a really stressful day at work, if the pain starts, he can decrease the intensity and the duration of the episode by himself using these tips

If you would like a free check up to see if chiropractic can help you then call to make an appointment or use our online booking above.

Gentle Chiropractic – Activator adjusting explained

Gentle chiropractic is being used more widely. If you suffer from back pain, neck pain, or certain types of headaches, you may benefit from chiropractic care. Chiropractors use their hands to unlock the stiff joints of the spine that cause these problems and the resulting nerve irritation and muscle spasm. Indeed chiropractic means “done by hand”. Brighton chiropractor, Matthew Bennett says “Some people are not keen on the snap, crackle, pop that often goes along with spinal adjusting. Fortunately, there is another way of restoring this movement without the cracking.”

Sundial Chiropractors in Brighton

Chiropractors are at the forefront of developing new techniques to mobilise and manipulate the spine. An invention that has gained widespread use in popularity amongst chiropractors and patients alike is the Activator. The Activator is a spring-loaded adjusting instrument that uses speed rather than force to mobilise the joints. The impulse from the instrument takes a mere three milliseconds! It’s so fast that you barely feel anything has happened in spite of the adjustment being incredibly powerful.

Over 100 studies have been done on the Activator since its invention more than 20 years ago. These have shown that this gentle chiropractic technique has a profound effect on the tissues of the spine(1). Some research shows that the click is not the important part of chiropractic treatment anyway. For more go here.

To find out more look at the video by clicking on the image to see just how powerful an Activator adjustment can be.

If you like the idea of gentle chiropractic without the joint clicks then give us a call for a free assessment to see if the Activator might help you.


1. Fuhr, Arlan W.; J. Michael Menke (February 2005). “Status of Activator Methods Chiropractic Technique, Theory, and Practice”. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics 28 (2): e1–e20. doi:10.1016/j.jmpt.2005.01.001

Choosing the right Brighton Chiropractor and Physiotherapist Clinic

Our professional approach, gentle treatment and the great care we take of our clients have helped us become a centre for excellence – and the Brighton back pain clinic that people most prefer.

Many people believe they will have to put up with back pain when in fact, prompt treatment can cure back pain for good. Call us today for a free check to see how our back pain treatment works and if we can help you. We can also help with leg pain, neck pain, shoulder pain, knee pain and headaches too. Even arthritis pain can improve with the right treatment.

At Sundial Clinics we work hard to find out what is wrong. That’s why we have physiotherapists, chiropractors, massage therapists and Pilates trainers to help you.

Most of our clients come from Brighton, Hove and Kemp Town but many come from around Sussex as we are close to Brighton railway station. We are so confident that we can help you find the pain relief and better health you want, that we offer all our clients a money back guarantee.

Here is a check list to choosing the best chiropractors in Brighton

The Difference between Acupuncture & Acupressure

Acupuncture BrightonMany therapists offer treatments to help or aid a person’s health that are completely based on natural methods instead of being based on medications. We want to talk about two of these today: acupuncture and acupressure.

Both acupuncture and acupressure are holistic approaches to health. They are both based on interacting with meridians which carry energy (or Qi) throughout the body. Chinese tradition states that ailments are caused by a blockage of a person’s Qi. Acupuncture or acupressure is used to remove the blockage thus allowing the Qi to flow freely throughout the body again.

Knowing the common concept behind both of these holistic approaches in medicine, let’s move on to the difference between the two, starting with acupuncture. As the name suggests, this holistic method makes use of thin needles that puncture the skin. The needles used are totally different from those that a regular doctor uses. The needles used for acupuncture are made of metal and are flexible and very thin.  These are inserted by a trained acupuncturist beneath the skin or muscle and even tissue.  The needles are disposable and hypoallergenic and, of course, sterile. Trained acupuncturists ensure that there is no pain associated with the treatment. Once the needle reaches the pressure point, it clears the blockage and allows the Qi to move freely again. Unlike acupressure, acupuncture can only be performed by a trained specialist: an acupuncturist.

In acupressure, physical pressure is applied to acupuncture points. Virtually anyone, who has read a handbook, can perform acupressure. You can even perform acupressure on yourself. To give you an example of an acupressure manoeuvre; if you massage the muscle located between your index finger and thumb, this is said to relieve headaches caused by dehydration. And, if you are suffering from motion sickness, try applying pressure on your forearm. This holistic approach is quite similar to massage since you’d only use your thumbs, fingers, elbows and palms. Contrary to the belief of some, acupressure has been used for centuries. It is a much older method, used long before acupuncture. Acupressure dates back to 2500 BC in China. Acupuncture and acupressure are both known as effective, holistic approaches in healing or relieving ailments and, for many people, they are a more effective treatment for ailments than taking a tablet.