About 45 million Americans report some form of chronic headache and 28 million report suffering from migraines.
There are several different types of headaches caused by many different things. We’ll work with you to identify any lifestyle habits that may be triggering your headaches, and help you to remove them.
Most often, soft tissue treatment and chiropractic adjustments, alongside postural analysis can be our most effective tools for combating the majority of headache types.
Common Types of Headaches
Migraines typically have a moderate to severe throbbing, pulsatile pain and are usually aggravated by physical activity, light, or sound and can often be accompanied by nausea. Some migraines have visual prodromes in the half hour before the headache’s onset, but not all migraines will present that way.
Tension Type Headaches
Tension headaches are the most common type of headache and respond very well to conservative care. These headaches are a result of stress or muscle tension, and can often be caused by an increase in screen time leading to significant eye strain, TMJ dysfunction, or poor posture. They are often mild to moderate in intensity and will typically feel like an aching tightness around both sides of the head. A tension headache is less likely to come with light and sound sensitivity to the same extent that migraines will, and will rarely come with nausea.
Sinus headaches are very common, especially following cold/flu season or in the spring when allergies rage free. These headaches often follow a sinus infection and results from residual fluid is left over and has nowhere to go. Once the pressure builds up to the point of a headache it will likely present with pain behind the brow bone/eyes or below the cheekbones. Fortunately, there are a number of chiropractic techniques to open up the clogged sinuses and allow them to drain properly.
What does treatment for your headaches look like??
Depending on how you present clinically, your age, your overall health, and how you tolerate therapies will guide and direct your treatment. In general, you can expect spinal manipulation, soft tissue therapy, and neck strengthening exercises to your personal comfort and ability. We will work with you to identify any lifestyle or dietary triggers that can be modified and eliminated to reduce headache frequency and severity.
Disclaimer: This information is for general knowledge only and is not intended for self-diagnosis or self-treatment.