When your head hurts, everything becomes blurred. You cannot focus, your vision may become unclear, and you cannot eat or enjoy a good joke – nothing is relevant anymore while your head is pounding with pain. Yet, it does not hurt in the same way all the time and not even in the same area of your head. This is because there are several types of headaches. And our chiropractors know not only why they happen, but also how to help you.
The Most Common Types of Headaches
First of all, let us focus on the types of headaches that most of our patients complain of. They are:
1. Tension Headaches
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These types of headaches feel like a band tightening around your head and giving you the sensation of your head being ready to burst. The pain is dull, but you feel it all over your head and it can last for hours. In our experience, tension headaches are the result of stress, dehydration, and poor sleep. They are more frequent among office employees, who lead a less active life, have tight deadlines for projects, and often skip meals. Our chiropractors can help you find relief from these types of headaches with personalized therapies as well as advice to help you reduce stress and lead a healthier lifestyle.
2. Cluster Headaches
These headaches focus on specific parts of your head, in a repeating pattern that reoccurs for months. Some patients suffer from several cluster headaches each day, lasting between a few minutes and a few hours. In general, these types of pains occur behind the eyes. A stuffy nose is one of the factors favoring a cluster headache, as well as alcohol and tobacco. Gentle manipulations will help patients find relief from these headaches, together with our chiropractors’ advice to remove all stressors and risk factors from their lifestyle.
3. Migraine Headaches
These types of headaches are the worst of all. They can effectively cripple a person, leaving them unable to get out of bed and perform the simplest tasks and chores around the house. Migraines manifest themselves as an intense throbbing pain that can last up to three days. The patient becomes overly sensitive to all stimuli: light, sound, touch, and even taste. So far, researchers have found no specific cause for migraines. They believe these types of headaches may be genetic but also triggered by certain foods in some patients.
Chiropractic may help patients cope with migraine headaches by reducing the intensity of pain through specific therapies.
Less Common Types of Headaches
Headaches have several underlying causes, which doctors and chiropractors can pinpoint. These are:
1. Sinus Headaches
Allergies and sinus infections (including sinusitis) can give patients a dull headache located above the nose, in the cheekbones, and along the eyebrow arches. Chiropractic is an excellent choice for treating both these types of pain and the underlying cause. While allergies cannot be fully treated, patients who come to our clinic say that their symptoms are milder and far less frequent. As for sinusitis, chiropractors can help drain the fluid buildup in the sinuses, resolve the inflammation and restore the proper functioning of the sinus tissues.
2. Exertion Headaches
Too much and too intense exercising can give you a headache. It is a short and throbbing headache, which will go away quickly, but in some cases, it can last for a day. Our chiropractors will teach you how to exercise properly, paying attention to warming up, correct gait and posture, and cooling down.
Our specialists will also give you a check-up to make sure that your intense physical activity has not caused joint misalignments or wear and tear in your muscles and ligaments, including compartment syndrome, bursitis, and tennis elbow.
3. Hormone Headaches
These types of headaches affect women during certain periods of the month, such as on ovulation and period days. Our chiropractors know that the hormonal system is directly controlled by the nervous system. Thus, spinal adjustments can help women experience less painful and heavy periods, as well as reduce the frequency of hormone headaches.
Our chiropractors can help you find relief from different types of headaches in a safe and non-invasive manner. Call our clinic now to schedule an appointment!