Headaches are one of the most common problems affecting workplace concentration and are one of the major reasons why people consume painkillers.

Headaches are categorised as primary if there is no underlying medical condition to account for the headache, or secondary if the headache is due to an underlying medical condition. By far, most people get tension-type headaches and get them frequently. They typically suffer mild to moderate pain, on both sides of the head that is often described as tight or constricting - like having something wrapped around your head and pressing tightly. Most headaches are not signs of serious underlying conditions, but they can be very distracting, debilitating and account for significant amounts of time lost from work.

Migraine headaches are a significant health challenge for many teenagers, according to research presented last week at the American Academy of Neurology's 58th Annual Meeting in San Diego. The study surveyed 18,714 adolescents ages 12 to 19 years. Findings showed that over a 1 year period, 5% of boys and 7.7% of girls had frequent migraines.

Headaches and neck pain often present together. The reason in many cases is because the cause of the neck pain is the cause of the headache.

How many headaches should you put up with before doing something about it? If the underlying cause is in the neck, all the pills in the world are not going to address the cause. Do your body a favour - get your spine checked by a chiropractor.

Neck pain and headaches are two of the major reasons why people choose to see a chiropractor. Dr Brian Kelly, Chiropractor explains that headaches are often the result of pressure on the spinal nerves at the top of the neck. "One of the most rewarding aspects of my job is being able to help people who have had a problem, like headaches, for many years, and seeing them improve dramatically with chiropractic care, so that their quality of life is improved."