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I Suffer From Vertigo Cervical Headache

Vertigo Cervical Headache Treatment

Vertigo Cervical Headache is also known as Vertigo Migraine or Vestibular Migraine. This can result in dizziness, unsteadiness or vertigo like symptoms. Headache or migraine pain in the head can also be present or at times be completely absent during an attack.

It can also be triggered by physical exertion, exposure to bright lights, and visual disturbances such as walking and looking down the aisle of a grocery store.  It is also worsened when discomfort is felt in the neck. In some cases a vertigo cervical headache attack can occur for no apparent reason.

At the Brisbane Headache and Migraine Clinics, our treatment is effective in alleviating or dramatically reducing Vertigo Cervical Headache in 85-90% of sufferers.
We expect to observe this within the first 5 treatment consultation. The best part about the treatment is that it is medication free, surgical-free, non-invasive, and treats the underlying cause of your problem.

Understanding Your Symptoms

The main symptoms that people with Vertigo Cervical Headache

There are 4 main symptoms that a Vertigo Cervical Migraine sufferer may experience:

  • Vertigo: Is an external sensation whereby you feel the environment is spinning, or the world is spinning around you. Nystagmus often occurs whereby muscles around the eyes contract, resulting in involuntary eye movements.
  • Dizziness: Is an internal sensation in the head such as light headedness, heavy headedness, unsteady in the head, fogginess or wooziness.
  • Imbalance: Is a physical sensation whereby sufferers will feel unsteady on the feet, overbalancing or veering off to the side when walking.
  • Headache orMigraine: Pain in the head such as headache or migraine can occur during an attack. In many cases headache or migraine can be completely absent, whereby sufferers may feel aura like symptoms such as nausea, vomiting and visual disturbances.

 

Sufferers may experience nausea and vomiting, as well as mild to moderate pain in the head either on one or both sides.
Symptoms are often exacerbated by sudden movements of the head, turning the head to a particular side or when maintaining the head in one position for a prolonged time.

Vertigo Cervical headaches or Vestibular migraines can often be confused with other conditions, including:

Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV)
Labyrinthitis
Meniere’s Disease
Migraine

Understanding Your Headache

What causes Vertigo Cervical Headache?

Through current research, Vertigo Migraine is a result of a dysfunction in the neck. It can also be associated after injuries to the neck such as a whiplash or head injury. It may also occur for no apparent reason or cause. Those with this disorder typically have a dysfunction in the upper three cervical spine which causes a SENSITISED BRAINSTEM.

The brainstem is found at the base of the skull, and into the upper three vertebrae. It filters information that passes into the brain including motion-self-awareness and head-equilibrium-position. A cranial nerve called the vestibulocochlear nerve which innervates the inner ear can also be affected resulting in dizziness, vertigo or unbalanced symptoms.
Because this information passes through what is now a sensitised and heightened brainstem, those with this dysfunction will now have a higher risk in suffering from dizziness, vertigo and unbalanced like symptoms. They may also have associated features such as headaches and migraines in Brisbane.

It is important that sufferers, who experience any form of dizziness, imbalance or vertigo issues, have a thorough assessment to properly diagnose their condition. This will ensure that you receive appropriate vertigo treatment and vestibular rehabilitation.

About The Assessment Stage

What To Expect During The Assessment


1. Comprehensive and in-depth examination

We instigate an in-depth assessment to identify all possible related factors that could be causing your headaches or migraines. The upper cervical spine, in particular, is thoroughly examined to identify possible issues.



2. Ligamental stability and vertebral arterial tests

We undertake careful examination of neck ligaments and vertebral arteries, ensuring only the highest standards of patient safety and comfort.


3. Temporarily reproduce your headache and migraine symptoms

As a part of the treatment process, we apply gentle and selective stress to the upper cervical spine in order to reproduce headache symptoms, which subside after 20-30 seconds. This helps to identify and treat the cause of your headaches.

Similar conditions to Vertigo Cervical Headache

Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV)

BPPV is a disorder of a problem in the inner ear, involving a small calcified otolith (calcium crystals) moving loosely in the inner ear. If these otoliths are dislodged and move freely in the inner ear, it will subsequently result in vertigo and vestibular symptoms. A person suffering from vestibular migraines can often experience symptoms similar to a person suffering from BPPV.

This often causes many health practitioners to mis-diagnose and label a patient having BPPV, when they in fact suffer from Vestibular migraine.

Labyrinthitis

An inner ear infection is called labyrinthitis. The labyrinth is a structure in the inner ear that can be considered a “balancing centre”. When inflammation to the labyrinth occurs, usually due to infections, you may have issues with balance.

The most common cause of labyrinthitis is from viral infections. This can be from the cold/flu virus or the herpes virus group (i.e. the virus that causes chickenpox, shingles or cold sores). Sometimes, ear infections can lead to labyrinthitis.

Labyrinthitis may be diagnosed by a series of tests, including:

• Hearing tests
• Balance tests
• Eye tests
• Head movements
• Blood pressure
• Sometimes other tests such as scans may be performed

Meniere’s Disease

Meniere’s disease can cause a variety of symptoms, including:

• Dizziness / Vertigo
• Tinnitus (ringing in ears)
• Hearing loss
• Feeling of fullness / congestion in the ear

Meniere’s disease is also a condition of the inner ear, whereby there is a build-up of fluid in the labyrinth (balancing centre). The fluid build-up sends signals to the brain, which interferes with normal signals. Hence you may feel the symptoms of Meniere’s disease.

Meniere’s Disease can occur to people of all ages, however it generally affects people ranging from 40 to 60 years old.

I've already tried everything. What else can be done to help Vertigo Cervical Headaches?

Treating Vertigo Cervical Headaches

Modern medicine moves very rapidly, and unfortunately this means that no one can keep up with all of the research. Many practitioners rely on the outdated medical model of the various forms of headaches to provide treatments to their patients.

Here at the Brisbane Headache and Migraine Clinic, we specialise in treating headaches and migraines. Therefore, we pride ourselves in keeping up to date with the most recent research, and applying the most effective treatments for your needs.

A thorough examination of the upper cervical spine is firstly initiated to determine the severity of your SENSITISED BRAINSTEM. If your brainstem has been proven to be hypersensitive and the cause of your Vertigo Cervical Headaches, we then conduct specific treatment to safely and effectively de-sensitive your brainstem. Expect a significant improvement to occur rapidly in 90% of our patients once treatment commences.

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What our clients have said

I have been seeing Sascha for about 3 weeks now. Thanks to Sascha, I have gone from 4-5 headaches a week to being headache free for over a week now. He is very... knowledgeable and was quick to diagnose my problem. The treatment plan has been very clear and easy to follow at home. We have addressed all factors that are contributing to my headaches and I am confident of keeping my headaches under control thanks to the tools Sascha has taught me. Highly impressed with the team. They have been very professional, friendly and helpful throughout and been impressed with their customer service. Highly recommend these guys if you are someone who has been suffering with headache for a long time like myself.read more
Sahan Amarasena
Sahan Amarasena
Mattias and the staff at the clinic are wonderfully helpful and friendly. Mattias in particular helped me to manage chronic headaches and sinus effectively and... naturally which has provided a huge amount of pain relief to me especially after so many years of discomfort. Thank you so much Mattias and staff.read more
Ana Uppman
Ana Uppman
Diagnosed with Vestibular Neuritis, quickly turned into vestibular migraines of a hellish level. I was hallucinating constantly, pretty much 24/7 for a entire year. With... no regular symptoms of a migraine other than extreme light sensitivity, my doctor ordered all the tests, nothing was helping.After a few sessions with Sasch I have zero symptoms and none of my previous triggers are triggering any hallucinations/migraines.Sasch is increadibly skilled at what he does and is very passionate about his clients. I am forever in a debt of gratitude.read more
Jesse Tamblyn
Jesse Tamblyn
I have had cluster headaches on and off for two years now and have had no clue what to do about it, I stumbled across Brisbane migraine and headache clinic, decided to... give it a go and I could not be happier with the results from Mattias. My symptoms have dropped by an easy 90% and I can enjoy my days again.Thank you Mattias and thank you Brisbane migraine and headache clinic.read more
kynan jones
kynan jones
So far my treatment at the Headache and Migraine clinic has been very helpful. As someone who experiences migraines often enough, I can say with confidence that after... only a few months of treatment with practictioner Mattias, the frequency and severity has been reduced. Still a ways to go till Im migraine free, but I can say with confidence that this very interesting form of treatment works.read more
Carter Bennett
Carter Bennett
David is really wonderful and he is a magician. I've been suffering from migraine headaches for past three years after I met David, and his treatment is like a miracle.... I've been on treatment for five weeks now and haven't had any headaches.Thank you heapsDavidread more
ARCHANACHOWDARY NALLAPANENI
ARCHANACHOWDARY NALLAPANENI
Best place to overcome your headache pain. This clinic will give you treatment to make your life free from migraine.
Rachel de Vera
Rachel de Vera
Ariel from Brisbane Migraine & Headache clinic was the only person that actually helped with my migraines. After seeing doctors & neurologists to no avail i decided to... give it a go. I'm able to see friends, nieces & nephews again and working full time. This seemed impossible just over 2 months ago when I first started treatment. Gave me my life back.read more
Luke Shanley
Luke Shanley
I've seen Ariel for neck, back and knee pain/ injuries in the past. She does an excellent job with releasing muscles through dry needling and acupuncture which has... relieves pain. Ariel provides exercises to do at home which are helpful. I've also seen all the other physios at the clinic. Highly recommend it.read more
Danielle Raftopoulos
Danielle Raftopoulos
I was suffering with bad migraine from last 13 years. Then I heard about Brisbane headache centre. I consulted with Dominic he is very professional and nice Physio. He... find out the triggers and started my treatment since i seen him first till now I haven't had any headaches. I highly recommend people if you suffering with headache and migraine please go and consult with the team.Thanks Dominic.read more
Pawan Sandhu
Pawan Sandhu
I have had an amazing experience with Ariel at the clinic. I went there in horrific pain after been diagnosed with Trigeminal Neuralgia and I was taking 12 nerve pain... tablets a day. The clinic was recommended to me by a friend and I'm so glad I gave them a try because now after a couple of months I am pain free and down to one nerve tablet a day. It's hard to explain really how grateful I really am now to be spending Christmas with my family pain free after not been able to leave the house without crying in pain. I'm would give them 100 stars if I could and I've already recommended Ariel to some friends who suffer migraines. Thank you for everything Ariel your an amazing and lovely lady who really changed my life.read more
Brooke O'kell
Brooke O'kell
I have suffered from migraines for 30 years and I have found that the treatment that I am having at Brisbane Headache and Migraine Clinic is the most effective way I’ve... found in preventing a migraine. I have been having treatment with Mattias for around 4 months, and at this stage I still do get some migraines, but they are getting a lot less frequent than they were before I started having treatment. Mattias is very understanding and explains each step of the treatment very thoroughly.read more
Cathy Biles
Cathy Biles
Dominic is a very polite person who has helped me a great deal with my migraine headaches. I am very grateful to him.
Candy Beanland
Candy Beanland
I've had a great experience being treated by Dominic. I was recently diagnosed with Trigeminal Neuralgia and my symptoms have now massively reduced. The care and... education I have received have been excellent. All staff have been welcoming and very lovely to deal with since my first appointment. I highly recommend Brisbane Headache and Migraine Clinic.read more
Emma Zonca
Emma Zonca
I've been receiving treatment from Mattias for a little over two months now and I cannot recommend this practice enough!!!I have been struggling with Migraine headaches... and terrifying aura symptoms for 10+ years and have tried absolutely everything (from medications, diets, all sorts of treatments and multiple specialist/neurologist appointments) in order to eliminate, ease or simply manage the pain.Thank you to Mattias and the wonderful team at Brisbane Headache and Migraine Clinic for listening to my struggles with pain, understanding my issues, applying the right treatment that my body was receptive to...and most importantly.... they gave me a free jar of mints! What a DEAL!10/10 recommend.read more
Ebony Smith
Ebony Smith
2 months ago debilitating migraines were driving me crazy - and I finally snapped and called this clinic after 3 years of spending most of my spare time just resting and... re-habbing my head and neck between work. I started treatments with Dominic immediately. And I am amazed to report that I haven't had a migraine since! I wish I had done it years earlier.Dominic is pleasant, thorough, very knowledgeable and holistic in his advice, picking up on things which seem unrelated but were likely contributing to my headaches - and explains everything every step of the way. I can't recommend him highly enough.read more
Cassandra Guse
Cassandra Guse
I have only been seeing Dominic from Brisbane Headache and Migraine Clinic for three weeks, but the change in my migraines has been dramatic. I have struggled with... chronic migraines for over 20 years and I did not find daily medication helpful in controlling them. I wish I had known about Brisbane Headache and Migraine Clinic sooner as this has been a life-changing experience.read more
Laura O'hearn
Laura O'hearn
There could not be too much praise for the services and results produced at this Centre .I was suffering clusters of migraines and other neck pain. Went to Doctor, more... medication!Decided there has to be a better way.Googled the Headache and Migraine Centre, met with Mattias, and Helen , a few visits and the relief wassignificant . Small business could take a lesson from their efficiency as well,Admin staff are all over everything, helping you to make appointment times that suit you.If you had or having similar issues to mine..........Just go there .read more
Paul Hewitt
Paul Hewitt
Special thanks to Dominic for treating me at the Brisbane Headache and Migraine Clinic. I have had roughly 11 sessions at the clinic and have been headache & migraine... free for two weeks today. This may not seem very long, but it is for someone who experiences an attack every second day. My treatment is still ongoing, but the results are already promising.I also have to mention that Dominic was the first specialist to notice that my C2-C3 cervical vertebrae were rotated/disturbed and recommended that we realign the vertebrae and desensitise my brain stem. This was a relief as specialists in the past have diagnosed me with anything from ethmoid sinusitis and occipital neuralgia to labelling it as “psychosomatic“.I would highly recommend anyone suffering from migraines/headaches to arrange a consultation with Dominic.read more
Chimorne Bekker
Chimorne Bekker
After about 5 weeks of constant headaches, in complete desperation I contacted BHMC and within 4 sessions with Mathias, my headaches significantly reduced in severity... and duration. Highly recommended!read more
Megan Tilley
Megan Tilley
I would highly recommend Dr. Dominic who treats my migraine issue i have suffered for more than 20 years. The receptionist Helen is kindly and helpful. Nice and... professional people hereread more
Leo Tang
Leo Tang
When I first booked an appointment with BHMC I was skeptical; I was in an accident a year before and suffered chronic migraines every other day. I had been told that... medication was the only way to manage them until I found Mattias who explained what I had suspected and that the migraines could be managed by therapy on the neck. After seeing Mattias for a couple months I have found huge relief from the constant severe migraines. I still get them every now and then but no where near as often as before. They’re also less intense with lower durations. Mattias is super professional, friendly and keen to help where he can. He was always happy to talk through different aspects of my pain even when I’d speculate about why I’m feeling different things (as is chronic pain sufferers do). Thank you BHMC and thank you Mattias. I’ve been able to see the light at the end of the tunnel now.read more
Jordan Hardy
Jordan Hardy
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Brea Dennis
Brea Dennis
I have been attending this wonderful services for approximately 3 weeks now. Mattias has been providing treatment for "Cervicogenic Vertigo". After my 1st session I... noticed significant improvement, something that no other health professional has been able to do for the past 3 plus years, I have seen separate neurologists, acupuncturist, equilibrium physiotherapist, many GP's, have been send to many head scans, have had cold and warm air in my ears, I have seen a ear, nose and throat specialist and everyone had failed to do what Brisbane Headache and Migraine Clinic did from the very first session, it is still early days to my recovery but I am very grateful for the treatment that I have so far received from Mattias and the team, I have been able to do simple things that in the past 3 years was impossible, otherwise I would have been very unwell and completely written off. I would highly recommend seeking treatment from Brisbane Headache and Migraine Clinic, I was wrongly diagnosed a number of times, given lots of medication and I am very much looking forward and hopefully one day with the assistance of Mattias moving forward in my recovery.read more
Rodrigo Villanueva
Rodrigo Villanueva
After way too many years of dealing with migraines and shoulder pain, I decided it was appropriate to go and seek another type of natural pain treatment to eliminate my... pain and medication altogether - which is exactly the outcome I have received! I started seeing Ariel for my chronic migraine treatment 2 months ago and during this time my neck and shoulder are feeling great and my migraines are basically a thing of the past (If you suffer with migraines, this relief is life changing!) Ariel was able to assess me and explain her findings very simply- yet professionally! She is dedicated and takes care and time to treat and know her patients. The reception staff are lovely and efficient and the clinic is run very promptly! I will continue to visit Ariel for treatment indefinitely and highly recommend visiting this clinic if you are experiencing severe pain and would like a chance at treating it effectively!read more
Monique Finlayson
Monique Finlayson
Bertrand provides a unique service like no other. I’ve had every headache treatment there is but there has only ever been 1-2 types of treatments that have provided... positive results. The less evasive treatment that Bertrand applies results in very fast results that last. Would highly recommend this service for anyone with chronic headaches. Bertrand’s alway friendly & welcoming which makes all appointments relaxing.read more
Jeff Patterson
Jeff Patterson
Bertrand is nothing but AMAZING! I suffered from Vestibular Migraine with strong vertigo symptoms and daily dizziness for 15 years before finding Bertrand. Proper... diagnosis and treatment from him has given me the most relief ever, I am medication free, and haven’t had severe vertigo since starting treatment. I am not struggling at work like I used to and I am getting my social life back. And can even have a few alcoholic drinks on a Friday night without it bringing on an attack. I train at the gym with no fatigue for days afterwards anymore. I have my life back thanks to Bertrand. Thank you so much, what you do is fantastic. The entire team from front office staff to Bertrand are friendly and helpful.read more
Kelly Anne
Kelly Anne
I have been suffering from haemoplegic migraines for 50 years.Since living in Brisbane I've discovered the Migraine Clinic and Bertrand Doeuk. What a wonderful man. He... started by manipulating my neck, hurt like hell but he was so gentle with soothing music playing in the background. He got me to stand straight improving my posture and before long I was standing inches taller. I go regularly and do daily exercises.Bertrand and his team are very approachable and professional, and after 50 years he is giving me and my family my life back. Thank you.read more
Jenny Tate
Jenny Tate
I went to see Bertrand at Brisbane Headache and Migraine clinic after 9 months of suffering with debilitating vertigo due to Vestibular Migraine. When I first saw... Bertrand I couldn’t do simple daily tasks like going to the shops, unstacking the dishwasher or going for a walk due to the unsteadiness and dizziness from the vertigo. Now I can do all of those things, and have even been riding a bike and surfing. Bertrand is so professional, knowledgeable as well as being extremely caring, and is the definitely the person to see if you get migraines!read more
Tanya Winter
Tanya Winter
I was a chronic migraine sufferer for a long time, sometimes getting two in a week and often every week. These greatly inhibited my ability to live a normal, functioning... life. I had tried all sorts of medications and, by the time I found the Headache and Migraine Clinic, I was quite desperate. After only about 6 sessions with Bertrand all headaches had stopped and I have lived for 4 years without experiencing a single migraine.Recently I have had a couple of migraines and so have returned to the clinic. I have complete confidence that the results will be the same as before. I cannot recommend this practice more highly.read more
alice clarke
alice clarke
I have had migraines for the last 23 years, some bad enough to lose my sight temporarily. I tried many types of massages, physio's and chiropractors but only got... temporary relief. After seeing Bertrand for 3 months and doing upper neck migraine treatment I haven't had a migraine since, even 6 months after finishing treatment. Bertrand is a friendly guy who genuinely cares about me as a patient and is happy to explain anything about treatment I'm curious about, and knows his speciality very well. His methods are researched and verifiable, and I recommend anyone who suffers from migraines go see him.read more
Patrick Davey
Patrick Davey
I've been seeing Ariel for just over a couple months now and i have found this treatment to be working for me. Ariel is such a wonderful lady and always makes me feel... welcome and comfortable. I highly recommend her and the clinic.read more
Petah Jensen
Petah Jensen
For 8 years I have suffered from constant symptoms relating to vestibular migraine (as diagnosed by a specialist). For the last two years my symptoms were so severe I... was unable to leave my home at all.Since commencing treatment with Bertrand at Brisbane Headache and Migraine Clinic two months ago, the severity of my symptoms has drastically reduced. I am now at a level of functionality where I can enjoy some recreational time with my family outside of home. As I continue with my treatment plan I am optimistic I will soon have the capacity to return to full time employment.I strongly recommend anyone suffering from symptoms of migraine to consult with Bertrand at Brisbane Headache and Migraine Clinic as a first course of action.Bertrand himself is a friendly and knowledgeable professional and I am greatly appreciative of his efforts and expertise in treating my condition. Admin staff at the Pinelands clinic are warm and welcoming which is also bonus!read more
Alex Envr
Alex Envr
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Andrew Bozin
Andrew Bozin
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