Millions of people suffer from headaches in the UK making them one of the most common health complaints. The good news is the majority aren’t serious and can be treated!

The most common types of headaches are tension headaches caused by a physical build-up of tension around the head and neck. Physical and emotional stress is often to blame for this.

Less common and much more intense are migraines, which tend to be recurrent and debilitating, can be accompanied by feelings of nausea and visual disturbances and often affect one side of the head.

Cluster headaches are extremely acute, usually affect the eye area on one side, and come on in clusters followed by long periods of remission. These are relatively rare.

Headaches can also be a secondary symptom of an underlying problem such as eye-sight; this can be quickly determined with a simple eye-test. Other causes can include infection, possibly in the sinuses. Some women can link their headaches to their menstrual cycle indicating a hormonal headache, while some headaches can be related to allergens which may include certain foods. Alcohol and caffeine are common culprits. Depression, fatigue and stress can also be held responsible.

If the cause of your headache is unaccounted for, it has progressively worsened, or is accompanied by other symptoms it is important to seek the advice of a health-care professional to check for more complex or serious underlying causes.

A website resource we have found very useful is:


Traditional Treatments for Headaches