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Headache Types

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A headache is a pain that occurs in different areas of the head, neck or face. Headaches can be chronic headaches or intermittent. The pain can be mild or so severe that it is impossible to perform daily activities. Besides pain, symptoms can also include nausea, light and sound sensitivity or sleeping difficulties. However, all types of headaches involve the complicated network of nerves located along with the muscles, tissues and blood vessels in your neck and at the base of your skull (brainstem).

Headaches affect millions, many with chronic regularity, and they are one of the most common health conditions.

Types of Headaches

There are five main types of headaches: tension headaches, migraine headaches, cluster headaches, sinus headaches, and hormonal or pregnancy headaches.

  • Tension headaches usually feel like a band of pressure or tightness around your head. They are more common in women than in men and are the most common of all headache types. They can be accompanied by fatigue. The cause of tension-type headaches is not really known, which is unsettling due to the fact that they are responsible for 75% to 90% of all frequent headaches. They can last from 30 minutes to a week in duration.
  • Migraine headaches affect only one side of the head in 60% of all episodes. The pain is usually described as pulsating or throbbing and it is extremely severe and debilitating. Migraine symptoms may also include nausea/vomiting and sensitivity to light, smell and sound. Migraine headaches are recurring but with variable frequency; they tend to last from four to 72 hours.
  • Cluster headaches usually occur on one side of the head, behind the eye. Thankfully, they occur in less than 1% of the population and affect many more men than women. The pain begins without warning and is excruciating, even more severe than migraine pain. They may be accompanied by nasal congestion/runny nose and tearing and redness in the affected eye. Cluster headaches vary in duration from 15 minutes to three or more hours and can repeat several times in one day. A cluster “period” may last several weeks to several months to years at a time and then stop, unexplainably, for months or years at a time.
  • Sinus headaches result from sinuses which become blocked or inflamed. Sinus cavities are located in the forehead, in the area around the cheekbones and across the bridge of the nose. Sinus headaches often occur as a result of a sinus infection that is usually treated with antibiotics. A fever may also accompany a sinus infection.
  • Pregnancy headaches are extremely common during the first and third trimesters. They may be tension-type headaches or migraines. What’s interesting is that women who suffer from migraines can have three different experiences during pregnancy – their migraines may improve, there may be no change in frequency or duration, or they may become even more frequent and severe.

Treating Different Headache Types

There are different treatments based on the type of headache you have; however, most doctors prescribe either an over-the-counter (OTC) pain reliever or a prescription pain reliever to ease your headache symptoms. These do nothing whatsoever to address the cause of headaches, which may be unknown. In the case of pregnancy headaches, very little can be done due to the potential of harming the fetus. For many chronic headache sufferers, treatment can often be “hit or miss, ” with varying success rates.

And what do the usual methods of treatments address? Well… for the most part, they address either preventive treatment to ward off attacks or headache relief treatment to lessen pain symptoms after a headache has started.

Non-drug headache treatment includes many different types of alternative therapies including message, Reiki, biofeedback, Neuro-Linguistic Programming, psychological counseling, prayer and meditation, herbs, naturopathy, acupuncture and chiropractic.

Many of these approaches only address your headache symptoms. So… what’s the most sought after alternative treatment with the highest success rate for eliminating the cause of all types of headaches? Chiropractic care!

Headache Relief from Chiropractic Care?

“Chiropractors look for causes of illness and disease, they don’t just treat symptoms, ” says a busy chiropractor. “In fact, they aren’t able to prescribe drugs or perform surgeries, but they are licensed and recognized by federal and state governments and many insurance policies supply coverage for chiropractic care.”

Austin chiropractors want to help.

So, how can chiropractors provide headache relief without prescribing medications? They use their hands and/or specialized instruments to locate and correct spinal misalignments that may be responsible for your headache pain, no matter what type of headache you have.

Chiropractors use very precise spinal adjustment techniques to relieve nerve interference that is created when a spinal bone is out of place. When the offending bone is put back into place, nerve interference, that often causes all types of headaches, is relieved.

The chiropractors who sponsor are caring doctors who want to see your body function the way it was intended. When you contact one of our sponsors, he or she will spend as much time as is needed to provide you with a thorough examination and to obtain your complete health history.

Often spinal misalignments occur as a result of a traumatic head or neck injury, the kind that might result from a fall, accident, injury or even the birth process itself! By taking the time to go back through your health history, you might even remember a skiing accident, or a fall from a tree or a car accident that might have caused a spinal bone to move out of its proper position.

But Does It Really Work?

Headaches are one of the most common reasons why people choose to go to a chiropractor in the first place! This is because of the high success rate of chiropractic care in addressing permanent headache pain relief. By locating and correcting spinal misalignments, using an all-natural approach, our sponsors are often able to eliminate the cause of headaches. And when nerve interference is removed, your body is able to heal itself. That’s because your nervous system has been restored to “all systems go!”

Millions of people are grateful to have gained the relief from headaches that kept them a prisoner of medications – medications that often left them feeling worse than their headaches did!

Although results can vary from one person to the next, chiropractic care has become the most widely used and accepted alternative healthcare approach because of its track record of success stories. And… you can write yours too, but first you need to contact one of our sponsors today.

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