What are Headaches?

Anyone who has suffered from intense or recurring headaches will know that the pain can be unbearable and inescapable. If you have experienced long-lasting headaches over any period of time, you’ll understand the inability to function they can cause and the hesitation to even get out of bed in the morning.

Sometimes a painful headache can last for a week at a time while others might only last a few hours. With such a wide variety of different causes, it’s crucial to discern the reason for your suffering so that you can stop the pain before it occurs.

The Cause of Headaches

The source of a headache isn’t always obvious; with so many different causes, your pain could be the symptom of any number of different conditions. From eyestrain, neck and shoulder strain, stress, illness and sinus congestion to more serious complications, there are a huge number of reasons that you might suffer from headaches.

When broken down into two classifications, headaches become a lot easier to understand and diagnose.

Primary headaches are the most common: tension headaches that affect up to 90% of people in their lifetime as well as migraines and the much rarer cluster headache are all classified as primary headaches. These are not life threatening, but they can be debilitating depending on severity. When you suffer from frequent and intense primary headaches, staying active and functioning as normal becomes very difficult.

Secondary headaches refer to those that are caused by problems in the head or neck and can range from harmless in the form of muscle strain or overuse to severe when caused by things like bleeding in the brain or tumors in associated areas. These headaches will often be accompanied by other symptoms or pain that makes the underlying issue easier to diagnose.

Stress is another major cause of headaches that can stimulate blood vessels to become engorged and increase muscular tension. Long-term stress can translate to long lasting headaches alongside a variety of other symptoms.

Headache Relief

At Velca Health Centre, we want to help find the cause of your headaches and provide you with permanent pain relief.

With muscle tension, stress and neck strain all major causes of headaches, chiropractic and massage is a popular and effective way to treat the symptoms and correct the underlying problems that lead to pain.

Massage therapy alongside joint and spine adjustments is often used to combat chronic, recurring migraines and headaches. Chiropractic treatment can help improve posture and correct the alignment issues, strains and over-exertion that often lead to this type of pain.

Our holistic approach to health at Velca also means a focus on strengthening, exercise and personal fitness to better protect the body in the future by improving your well being and strengthening the muscles in your neck and back.

The team at Velca is focused on getting you the help you need to break free from pain; we can help to diagnose the reasons for your headaches and, when chiropractic care isn’t the answer, will recommend you to a health specialist who can find the cause of your pain.

If you’re suffering from headaches in the upper neck and head, we can help to find the solution at Velca Health Centre. Pay us a visit and let us work on finding you relief from pain through our unique Velca Method.

Correct – Relax – Strengthen - Maintain

At Velca, we approach pain with a multi-step method that aims to correct, relax, strengthen and maintain the body – supporting good health and providing permanent solutions rather than temporary fixes. Through a mix of our services, you’ll find that the Velca Method is by far the most effective to ease suffering and inspire healthy living.

Chiropractic – Through chiropractic care, we aim to correct spinal dysfunction, bad posture and habits that lead to pain. The chiropractic services we offer are the first step to identifying problems, alleviating suffering and breaking free from pain.

Massage Therapy – Helping you to relax, loosen the muscles and find relief, massage therapy is our second step that improves circulation and works pain out of the body. Relaxing is a key part of eliminating pain while it paves the way to improve your overall health and well being.

Physiotherapy - Aims to restore function and independence in people who have a condition caused by physical, neurological or cardio-respiratory disorders. Through a combination of massage, exercise and mobilisation, physiotherapy can improve mobility, functional ability, and overall quality of life.

Personal strength and fitness training – Fortifying the body through personal fitness and better health, our fitness programs are tailored to you to help strengthen the body and prevent pain from returning. We want to enable you to break free from pain to live a healthier, more enjoyable life.

Visit the Velca Health Centre in Howick for a holistic approach to your well being. We don’t just offer chiropractic services, we work to better your life in every aspect by improving your health and preventing pain from returning. Break free from pain – call us today to find relief through chiropractic care, massage therapy, physiotherapy, personal training, and a positive focus on fitness and health.


If you are unsure about which of our services is best suited to help you get better, please ask us about our complimentary no charge check ups.