An Every Day Battle That Shouldn’t Be There
What is a Headache and What is a Migraine?
Headaches are simply any pain in the head. Migraines are a subtype of headaches on one side of the head. Headaches in general, are experienced by 47% of the world population and have a wide range of symptoms depending on the type of headache. These symptoms can last anything between minutes to multiple days and be very debilitating.
What Causes Headaches?
The causes of a headache can range from dehydration to concussion, and even infection. Identifying the cause of the headaches, allows for the right treatment to take place.
According to Haldemar (2001), 15-20% of all headaches are cervicogenic disorders. This means, that in about 20% of headache a dysfunction in the neck is the cause for them.
What Are Types of Headaches
There are three main types of headaches:
Tension headaches are the most common type. Stress, eyestrain or muscle contractions, are typically the cause of them. The pain can vary between individuals. Most patients experiense neck pain or discomfort, forehead, or even shoulder muscles tension.
Cluster headaches often occur in a series and can be both excruciatingly painful as well as disabling. The exact cause is still unknown but experts believe it is related to abnormal activity in the brain’s neurologic system. They are rear in occurance but men experience these 3 times more frequently than females.
Lastly, migraine headaches are another common type that can cause moderate to severe throbbing pain or a pulsing sensation on one side of the head. Migraine symptoms can include sensitivity to light or sound, nausea and vomiting. Though the exact cause varies from person to person, triggers often include stress, lack of sleep, food sensitivities and more.
Migraine auras are experienced by a lot of patients. Visual and auditory are the most common auras that people experience, and they typically come on shortly before the migraine.
No matter which type of headache you experience, it is important to seek out professional medical care if your headaches become frequent occurrences.
How Can Chiropractic Help With Headaches?
A qualified health care provider, such as a chiropractor, can identify the reason for your headaches and recommend the appropriate treatment. With up to 20% of all headaches originating in the neck we are able to easily resolve them with chiropractic care or massages for headaches. If the root cause of the headaches is found to be something else, our extensive knowledge in neurology and functional medicine will be able to identify it.
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Don’t Let Headaches or Migraines Ruin Your Days