Medical treatment of headache

Chronic headaches can have a huge impact on daily life and this can even go so far as to affect the person’s normal functioning. Headache can have all kinds of causes and headaches are therefore divided into a number of different types. If the headache becomes a major problem, a visit to the doctor is the obvious choice. The GP can then refer the patient to a clinic, acupuncturist or homeopath in appropriate situations.

To a clinic for headaches

With an occasional headache, most people are helped by a painkiller or relaxation. If the headache affects life in such a way that functioning becomes difficult and the headache cannot be treated in a normal way, you can go to a headache clinic. Such a clinic can treat different types of headaches such as migraine, cluster headache and chronic headache. In addition to these types of headaches, there are also headaches that can arise as a result of tension, the so-called tension headache and medication-dependent headaches, where taking medication against headaches actually makes the headache worse.

Hospital and clinic for headaches

A headache clinic is often part of a hospital, where you can go after a referral from your GP. There are more than 20 hospitals throughout the Netherlands that have a special headache clinic, headache center or headache department. An example of such a hospital with a separate clinic is the Bonifatius Headache Clinic, which is housed in the Talma Sionsberg hospital in Dokkum. All common forms of headaches can be treated at this clinic.

Online consultation for headaches

The headache clinics are united in the Association of Headache Centers and offer the opportunity to ask questions to a neurologist who specializes in the treatment of headaches through an interactive online headache consultation hour. This online consultation hour is accessible every Monday evening and the questions that are discussed can be followed online by visitors to this consultation hour, while waiting for their own turn to ask questions.

Alternative medicine

If you suffer from headaches in any form for a long time, the obvious thing to do is to go to the doctor. Medication, referral for treatment or going to a headache clinic can then be a first step towards improvement and ridding yourself of those miserable headaches. If conventional medicine does not provide a solution, alternative medicine may be able to shed a completely different light on the treatment of headaches.

Homeopathy as an alternative

A specific form of alternative medicine is homeopathy, which can also provide a treatment in common cases of headaches that can combat the cause and relieve pain. It is important, if you have a headache and choose this form of alternative medicine, to go to a professional homeopathic practice, where expert advice can be given, and not to do it yourself by haphazardly purchasing a homeopathic remedy. A good homeopathic therapist asks many questions in advance that relate to the headache, such as when the headache occurs, where the headache manifests itself and the type of headache. Other questions focused on lifestyle and dietary habits can also be discussed. Based on the answers, the homeopath can provide a suitable homeopathic remedy. For mild headaches that disappear after a while, you can go to the pharmacy for homeopathic remedies.

Acupuncture for headaches

Acupuncture is also a well-known form of alternative medicine and can provide a solution for certain types of headaches. The types of headaches most commonly treated with acupuncture are tension headaches and migraines. Mild forms of headaches can also reduce and disappear by undergoing treatment with acupuncture. With acupuncture, small needles are inserted into the subcutaneous connective tissue at specific points. The points are connected to a specific organ and by placing the needles at the right point, the energy can be stimulated or inhibited. With acupuncture, not only the type of headache is considered, but the total functioning is taken into account as part of the treatment. The effectiveness of the treatments can be assessed after 6 to 8 times.

Realization of training as an approach to headaches

Another approach that is suitable for headaches and migraines is to follow realization training, where the starting point will be the signaling function of the body. During realization of training, emotional tensions in personal life are examined, which can arise, for example, due to work or in the family. It is important for following a realization training that one is open to exploring the emotional tensions.