Headache Treatment

In this article: Relief for Headaches | Tension Headaches | Cluster Headaches | Migraine Headaches | Sinus Headaches

This page has been reviewed by Choose Natural’s Chiropractic Advisory Board.

In this article: Relief for Headaches | Tension Headaches | Cluster Headaches | Migraine Headaches | Sinus Headaches

This page has been reviewed by Choose Natural’s Chiropractic Advisory Board.

Headache Treatment

Headaches may be common. But they aren’t normal.

If you’re a frequent sufferer seeking headache treatment that works, a surprising, all-natural approach is at your fingertips—chiropractic care.

Chiropractors have been relieving headaches for over a century–without the use of drugs or surgery.

Headache Relief Medications and Treatments

Woman holding head in painThere are many different types of headache relief medications and treatments available. What you take or what a medical doctor may prescribe for you is usually dependent on the type of headaches you have and their causes.

For example, if you were suffering from tension headaches, these are generally treated with over-the-counter (OTC) remedies, such as ibuprofen, acetaminophen and aspirin. If you are a migraine headache sufferer, there are many types of prescription medications available that are used to prevent migraines or to provide headache pain relief after symptoms are present. And if you suffer from cluster headaches, preventive medications are often prescribed as well.

For sinus headaches, medical doctors often prescribe medication to clear up the primary infection that is the cause of the headache. Of course, if you have headaches during pregnancy, which can affect many moms-to-be, then there’s a whole different approach altogether!

Some people even find that alternative therapies, such as biofeedback, aromatherapy, meditation, massage and herbal treatments help with relief of headache symptoms.

Professionals Who Address the Cause

Headaches are commonly the result of slightly misaligned spinal vertebrae in the upper neck. This structural and functional aberration can reduce your ability to turn your head as well as irritate nerves emerging from spine.

It’s this neurological insult that is the culprit that cause many headaches and other health issues. Nervous system integrity is the fundamental idea behind today’s chiropractic care.

After a brief consultation to determine if you’re a likely candidate for chiropractic care, you’ll receive a thorough examination. Some say it’s the most complete work up that they’ve ever had. It’s purpose to identify the exact location of spinal misalignments that could be the root of your headache issue.

Your chiropractor will share his or her exam findings, explain what everything means and outline a course of care designed to produce the best results in the shortest amount of time. The primary form of care is a series of chiropractic adjustments.

Adjustments “nudge” wayward spinal bones back into their normal position. This reduces nervous system involvement, so headache symptoms resolve. Naturally. Without drugs or surgery.

Primary Headaches: Types and Symptoms

First, let’s get to know more about the type of headache you’re experiencing.

There are three types of primary headache – tension headaches, cluster headaches and migraine headaches.

Tension Headaches

These are the most common type of headache. They generally cause mild to moderate pain and may occur frequently as a result of physical or emotional stress. They most likely occur when the muscles that cover the skull contract, causing pain.

Symptoms of tension headaches include:

  • Dull, steady mild to moderate pain on both sides of the head (bilateral)
  • Described by some as a band of pressure that circles around the head, with more intense pain above the eyes
  • May occur frequently, even daily, or sporadically (no particular pattern), without warning signs
  • May be more common during middle age as a result of stresses that are common in this age group

Cluster Headaches

These are a type of common chronic headache that often occur at the same time(s) of the day for several weeks, months or even years at a time. The pain is usually on one side of the head and is accompanied by swelling and tearing in the eye and a stuffy or runny nose.

Cluster headaches are far more common in men than in women and usually occur in from the ages of 20 – 40.

Symptoms of a cluster headache include:

  • Severe, sharp and steady pain on one side of the head
  • Usually occurs 2 – 3 hours after falling asleep during REM (Rapid Eye Movement) stage of sleep
  • Worst pain lasts 15 minutes to 3 hours
  • Eye and nose on same side as pain may be affected; eye may redden, tear or swell and nose may become stuffy or runny

Migraine Headaches

Migraines are the second most common of the primary headaches; they affect children as well as adults; in childhood the ratio of males to female sufferers is about equal while more adult women than men suffer from migraines.

Symptoms of a migraine headache include:

  • Throbbing pain on one side of the head only
  • May be preceded by an aura – an early warning system that involves a visual disturbance, such as blurriness, seeing zigzag lines or flashes of light
  • Nausea, vomiting, sensitivity to light and sound, fatigue, loss of appetite, weakness and/or sweating

Sinus Headaches

Sinus headaches fall into the secondary headaches category. They usually occur when you have a common cold because the buildup of mucous blocks the sinuses. This blockage causes inflammation – the cause of a sinus headache.

Symptoms of a sinus headache include:

  • Dull, throbbing pain in sinus cavities located in cheekbones, forehead and across the bridge of the nose
  • Facial swelling/inflammation
  • Other sinus/cold-related symptoms, such as discharge from the nose, feeling of “fullness” in the ears and fever

Primary Headaches: Types and Symptoms

First, let’s get to know more about the type of headache you’re experiencing.

There are three types of primary headache – tension headaches, cluster headaches and migraine headaches.

Tension Headaches

These are the most common type of headache. They generally cause mild to moderate pain and may occur frequently as a result of physical or emotional stress. They most likely occur when the muscles that cover the skull contract, causing pain.

Symptoms of tension headaches include:

  • Dull, steady mild to moderate pain on both sides of the head (bilateral)
  • Described by some as a band of pressure that circles around the head, with more intense pain above the eyes
  • May occur frequently, even daily, or sporadically (no particular pattern), without warning signs
  • May be more common during middle age as a result of stresses that are common in this age group

Cluster Headaches

These are a type of common chronic headache that often occur at the same time(s) of the day for several weeks, months or even years at a time. The pain is usually on one side of the head and is accompanied by swelling and tearing in the eye and a stuffy or runny nose.

Cluster headaches are far more common in men than in women and usually occur in from the ages of 20 – 40.

Symptoms of a cluster headache include:

  • Severe, sharp and steady pain on one side of the head
  • Usually occurs 2 – 3 hours after falling asleep during REM (Rapid Eye Movement) stage of sleep
  • Worst pain lasts 15 minutes to 3 hours
  • Eye and nose on same side as pain may be affected; eye may redden, tear or swell and nose may become stuffy or runny

Migraine Headaches

Migraines are the second most common of the primary headaches; they affect children as well as adults; in childhood the ratio of males to female sufferers is about equal while more adult women than men suffer from migraines.

Symptoms of a migraine headache include:

  • Throbbing pain on one side of the head only
  • May be preceded by an aura – an early warning system that involves a visual disturbance, such as blurriness, seeing zigzag lines or flashes of light
  • Nausea, vomiting, sensitivity to light and sound, fatigue, loss of appetite, weakness and/or sweating

Sinus Headaches

Sinus headaches fall into the secondary headaches category. They usually occur when you have a common cold because the buildup of mucous blocks the sinuses. This blockage causes inflammation – the cause of a sinus headache.

Symptoms of a sinus headache include:

  • Dull, throbbing pain in sinus cavities located in cheekbones, forehead and across the bridge of the nose
  • Facial swelling/inflammation
  • Other sinus/cold-related symptoms, such as discharge from the nose, feeling of “fullness” in the ears and fever

Discover Relief for Your Headaches, Naturally

You don’t have to live with headaches for the rest of your life—contact a chiropractor near you using our helpful directory who can suggest an expertly designed care plan for the natural headache treatment you’re seeking.

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