Chronic Headache Treatment

Chronic Headache Treatment

Woman with head painWhile many people have an occasional headache now and then, chronic headaches occur far more often; some people even have them every day or several times a week. While chronic headaches may be common, they’re not normal.

Millions of people worldwide have seen their pain diminish after seeking chronic headache treatment from a chiropractor.

That’s because chiropractors address the underlying cause of chronic headaches.

Chronic Headache Relief, Naturally

Many people who have found relief from their chronic headache symptoms exclaim, “I wish I had discovered chiropractic care years ago!”

That’s because chiropractic is the most popular healthcare alternative for people who have chronic headaches.

Why? Because chiropractic care is not a treatment at all! It doesn’t dull pain like headache medications do; instead it goes to the cause of headache pain, providing a long-term solution for headache relief that goes beyond the time a patient is actually under care. No medication can claim that – and the notion of taking medication to counteract a condition caused by medication overuse is simply absurd!

Chiropractic care works because it doesn’t just treat symptoms – treating symptoms “takes the edge off” and chronic headaches return after the medication has worn off or you stop taking it.

Chiropractic care, on the other hand, identifies the structural and neurological cause of your chronic headaches and helps your body to heal on its own, without drugs.

Chiropractic: Why It Works for Chronic Headaches

How do chiropractors provide headache relief care when they don’t prescribe any medications?

Chiropractors are trained to locate and correct subtle misalignments in the spine. Especially in the neck. Out-of-place bones cause nerve interference which not only cause your headache, but can cause other organs and tissues of your body to malfunction, resulting in dis-ease. Dis-ease is the precursor to disease.

When a spinal bone is out of place, even just a bit, it can irritate nerves – compromising the vital communications between the brain and the body. Spinal misalignments often result from trauma (car accident) or emotional stress. Have you ever observed that something was a “pain in the neck”?

Therefore, chiropractors often ask you think back in your past to try to recall a time when any of these might have happened. Chiropractors locate these misalignments and correct them with gentle spinal adjustments.

With time, as the wayward vertebra assumes its normal position and the adjacent nerves are no longer under pressure, your body no longer has the need to alert you with a headache.

What is a Chronic Headache?

Chronic headaches are defined as headaches that occur more than 15 days a month for more than three months. Also known as chronic daily headaches, these headaches affect twice as many women as men.

Believe it or not, it is estimated that chronic headaches affect 4% – 5% of the worldwide population.

That’s a lot of pain. And it’s so unnecessary.

Types of Chronic Headaches

Diagnosing any type of headache involves looking at the location and severity of the pain, headache frequency and any additional symptoms that might be present, such as light sensitivity, or nausea among others.

There are four different types of chronic headaches:

  • Chronic tension headaches often develop after starting out as episodic tension headaches. Symptoms include mild to moderate pain on both sides of the head that feels like a tightening sensation. Nausea and sensitivity to light might also be present.
  • Chronic migraine headaches usually begin as episodic migraines without an aura. Chronic migraine symptoms include severe throbbing pain that usually affects only one side of the head. Nausea/vomiting and light/sound sensitivity might also be present.
  • Daily, persistent headaches usually start without warning and occur every day. Pain occurs on both sides of the head and mild nausea and/or light and sound sensitivity can accompany the pain.
  • Hemicrania continua headaches are characterized by continuous moderate pain on one side of the face.

Other symptoms include runny nose, nasal congestion, droopy eyelid and red teary eye on same side of the head as the pain. The symptoms of this type of headache include characteristics of tension headaches, migraine headaches and cluster headaches.

Chronic Headache Causes

Chronic headaches are associated with a number of risk factors that include:

  • Headache medication overuse/abuse – overuse of over-the-counter (OTC) and prescription headache pain relief medications, in terms of recommended dosage and length of time taking the medication, can cause what are known as “rebound” headaches. This risk factor alone is responsible for 80% of all chronic headaches.
  • Being overweight/obesity
  • Stress, anxiety and depression
  • Sleep disturbances, i.e., difficulty falling or staying asleep, snoring
  • Caffeine overuse – can also cause rebound headaches
  • Infections (i.e., meningitis), illnesses, brain abnormalities (i.e., tumors, inflammation of blood vessels), pinched nerves

Medical Chronic Headache Treatment

Medical doctors generally treat chronic headache symptoms with medications, such as beta-blockers, antidepressants, anti-seizure medications and non-steroid anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs).

Other recommendations for the treatment of chronic headaches include identifying all risk factors outlined above and engaging in alternative therapies, such as meditation, relaxation exercises, yoga and chiropractic care.

What is a Chronic Headache?

Chronic headaches are defined as headaches that occur more than 15 days a month for more than three months. Also known as chronic daily headaches, these headaches affect twice as many women as men.

Believe it or not, it is estimated that chronic headaches affect 4% – 5% of the worldwide population.

That’s a lot of pain. And it’s so unnecessary.

Types of Chronic Headaches

Diagnosing any type of headache involves looking at the location and severity of the pain, headache frequency and any additional symptoms that might be present, such as light sensitivity, or nausea among others.

There are four different types of chronic headaches:

  • Chronic tension headaches often develop after starting out as episodic tension headaches. Symptoms include mild to moderate pain on both sides of the head that feels like a tightening sensation. Nausea and sensitivity to light might also be present.
  • Chronic migraine headaches usually begin as episodic migraines without an aura. Chronic migraine symptoms include severe throbbing pain that usually affects only one side of the head. Nausea/vomiting and light/sound sensitivity might also be present.
  • Daily, persistent headaches usually start without warning and occur every day. Pain occurs on both sides of the head and mild nausea and/or light and sound sensitivity can accompany the pain.
  • Hemicrania continua headaches are characterized by continuous moderate pain on one side of the face.

Other symptoms include runny nose, nasal congestion, droopy eyelid and red teary eye on same side of the head as the pain. The symptoms of this type of headache include characteristics of tension headaches, migraine headaches and cluster headaches.

Chronic Headache Causes

Chronic headaches are associated with a number of risk factors that include:

  • Headache medication overuse/abuse – overuse of over-the-counter (OTC) and prescription headache pain relief medications, in terms of recommended dosage and length of time taking the medication, can cause what are known as “rebound” headaches. This risk factor alone is responsible for 80% of all chronic headaches.
  • Being overweight/obesity
  • Stress, anxiety and depression
  • Sleep disturbances, i.e., difficulty falling or staying asleep, snoring
  • Caffeine overuse – can also cause rebound headaches
  • Infections (i.e., meningitis), illnesses, brain abnormalities (i.e., tumors, inflammation of blood vessels), pinched nerves

Medical Chronic Headache Treatment

Medical doctors generally treat chronic headache symptoms with medications, such as beta-blockers, antidepressants, anti-seizure medications and non-steroid anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs).

Other recommendations for the treatment of chronic headaches include identifying all risk factors outlined above and engaging in alternative therapies, such as meditation, relaxation exercises, yoga and chiropractic care.

Discover a Natural Chronic Headache Treatment Today

Millions of people have obtained long-lasting headache relief from all headache types with safe and gentle chiropractic care.

Everyone’s body responds differently to chiropractic care because no two people are alike. A chiropractor can’t guarantee similar outcomes for everyone, but then again, chiropractic is the most popular natural alternative for headache relief.

Why not see if chiropractic can work for your chronic headaches? Use our helpful directory to locate a practitioner near you today.

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