Identify Which Type Of Headache You Suffer From

by
Dr. Ariel Thorpe

Headaches can be brought on by a variety of instigators: stress, dehydration, digestive issues, lack of sleep, among other causes. Once the headache has begun, it can be challenging to relieve the symptoms. Headaches can be related to inflamed joints in the neck not moving properly, associated with muscle spasms and soft or hard tissue dam-age.

Common headaches are as follows:

Cervicogenic headaches are the result of tight muscles in the cervical spine (neck). Pain often radiates from one area of the neck or upper shoulders into the head.

Migraines usually present on one side of the head and come with debilitating light or sound sensitivity. Some migraine sufferers also have nausea. Symptoms can also be associated with menstrual cycles in women.

Cluster headaches present around one eye, deep behind the eyeball.

Tension headaches run along the forehead.

Sinus headaches are in the spaces under the surfaces of the eyebrows, below the eyes, and over the nose.

Hypertension headaches are in the back of the head. These headaches are associated with vasoconstriction (blood vessel constriction), sometimes perceived as throbbing deep in the head and neck.

Allergy headaches can arise on the top of the head and include concurrent symptoms like a runny nose, sneezing, and watery eyes. These commonly occur during seasonal changes to the environment and more pollen or pollution in the air.

Exertional headaches are a result of exercising. When the body is well-adjusted, well-hydrated, and nourished, exercise should be enjoyable and not cause headaches. How-ever, when the structures of the spine or the soft tissues of the nervous system are not properly cared for, problems can arise.

TMJ headaches are associated with pain, “clicking” or catching, and reduced movement in the jaw.

How Can Chiropractic Care Help With Headaches?

Chiropractors check the spine and nervous system to find areas of subluxation: a mechanical dysfunction of a vertebra, impacting the body’s ability to self-regulate, communicate, heal, and repair. Rather than just trying to cover up symptoms, chiropractors

find the underlying cause of the issue. If someone is suffering with a subluxation, chiropractors adjust that area of the spine to create better movement, reduce inflammation, break up scar tissue, and allow the body to heal. If the root cause of a headache comes back to an area of the spine that is restricting adequate nervous system function, the dysfunction can be addressed with chiropractic adjustments.

What Kind Of Chiropractor Do You Need?

A holistic approach that goes beyond symptom-focused care to heal and optimize your entire body will lead your health in the best possible direction. Rather than just fighting the symptom, address the root cause. Find a chiropractic practice that uses a synergistic combination of gentle and specific chiropractic adjustments, correction of poor lifestyle habits and exercise programs to effectively address the underlying issues associated with headaches.

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