Headaches are a common ailment that can range from being a mild annoyance to severely debilitating. Headaches can slowly build up through the day or suddenly hit you like a lightning strike. Whether it’s a constant, soft throb or blinding enough to keep you in bed, the result is the same- when you get a headache, you immediately start looking for ways to get rid of it. There are many different causes of chronic headaches, and depending on the type of headache, oftentimes this chronic condition is caused by things that can be treated with chiropractic care. There are a few main types of headaches that a chiropractor can help with, which we will break down below.
Types Of Headaches Chiropractic Care Can Treat
There are a few types of chronic headaches that our clinic often sees patients come in for. If you suffer from the following types of headaches, chiropractic care may be able to alleviate your discomfort.
People often mistake migraine headaches for other conditions. People who suffer from bad headache pain may think that it’s a migraine, but this isn’t necessarily the case. The term migraine refers to having recurrent headaches that may last up to 72 hours, typically with unilateral pulsating pain of severe to moderate intensity. Migraine pain usually is accompanied by sensitivity to light and/or nausea, and is often exacerbated by normal physical activity and daily tasks. Around one fifth of migraine sufferers will experience a neurological symptom called an “aura” prior to a migraine coming on. Auras can come from sensory disturbances like bright flashes or constant droning, and auras can also occur between bouts of migraine headaches. Migraines are not usually associated with any other health issue.
Tension headaches are one of the most common types of headaches that people experience. Some common features of tension headaches include:
- A sensation of pressing or tightening
- Pain in a bilateral location
- Mild to moderate intensity
- The pain lasts from 30 minutes to one week
Tension headaches don’t usually involve vomiting or nausea, but occasionally come with sensitivity to sound or light. Having tension headaches typically doesn’t mean that you have another health disorder.
Cluster headaches are highly distinct from both migraines and tension headaches, and only occur in around 1% of the population. While the majority of people who suffer from migraine headaches are female, the majority of people who suffer from cluster headaches are men between the ages of 20 and 40. This kind of headache is expressed as severe pain along the side of the head or around the eyes. Attacks can last anywhere from fifteen minutes to three hours, and “cluster” in a short period of time- up to eight times a day. Other attributes of cluster headaches include:
- Forehead sweating
- Nasal congestion
This type of intense pain can make sufferers agitated or restless while they’re going through it.
Chiropractic Care Can Help
By re-aligning your body and releasing tension, chiropractic techniques can relieve these types of headaches. Call Coastal Chiropractic to schedule an appointment with Dr. Perkins and start taking care of your headaches and your health today.