If you are suffering from headache issues, you may be surprised to learn that not all headaches are the same. Whether it is the location of the pain, the duration, the accompanying symptoms, or the frequency of recurrence, there are a number of things that set different headache types apart. We’re going to look at 7 types of headaches that people have to deal with. Then we will discuss how upper cervical chiropractic care is offering some much-needed hope to those who are combating disabling headache conditions such as these.
#1 Migraine Headaches
Headaches are just one of the many symptoms of this neurological condition, so they do stand apart from the rest of the headache types on this list. However, 85-90% of people who get migraines suffer from moderate to severe headaches, so it makes sense to discuss this condition. Besides severity, a few other telltale signs that a headache is a migraine would include the fact that migraines usually get worse with exertion and consist or a pulsing or throbbing pain. They are also more likely to be one-sided although pain can be felt on both sides of the head as well.
#2 Chronic Headaches
This means that a person is experiencing 15 or more days out of the month with headache pain. It is common among migraineurs, but chronic tension headaches may also occur. Tension headaches are the most common form of a headache, and they are usually considered mild to moderate in pain, but that doesn’t mean you want to have one every day or two.
#3 Medication Overuse Headaches
This is estimated to be one of the most common causes of chronic headaches. Medication overuse headaches occur when the medicine taken for headache pain is taken to often. The side effect is – you guessed it – headaches. If you are taking an over the counter pain reliever several days a week, you probably could cut back some of the headaches just by quitting the pills. Of course, then you still have the pain, so it understandable why so many fall into this cycle.
#4 Secondary Headaches
This headache category overlaps many of the others. It simply means that an underlying health condition is causing the headaches. For example, sinus headaches and migraine headaches are secondary headaches because they are caused by sinus pressure or migraines which are the underlying conditions in play.
#5 Post-Concussion Headaches
Perhaps the most well-known symptom of post-concussion syndrome is the headaches. Other symptoms to watch out for include vertigo, insomnia, cognitive issues (memory, attention, etc.), and irritability or depression. Concussions are a common sports injury and may also occur with a vehicle accident or slip and fall. Many post-concussions symptoms are similar to those experienced in the wake of a whiplash injury.
#6 Cluster Headaches
This is considered the most painful form of a headache. It is also one of the rare headache conditions that is more common among men than women. The headaches do not last very long, but they occur in clusters. These clusters can last for days, weeks, or even months. They are characterized by severe pain that recurs on just one side of the head. A red and tearing eye and runny nose on the side of the head experiencing the pain are also common. Fortunately, remission periods can last for years once a cluster ends. However, they may start back up sooner.
#7 Exertion Headaches
This is another headache category that can overlap with some of the others. For example, since migraine headaches usually worsen with exertion, they may be considered exertion headaches. Exertion headaches also include those that are triggered by physical strain besides just being worsened by activity during the headache.
Hope for Headache Sufferers
There is one thing that all of these headache types have in common besides the fact that they result in pain in the head. They may all be helped by the same natural therapy. Upper cervical chiropractic care has been shown to be beneficial for headache patients in numerous case studies. Some patients have seen the benefits in as little as one to two adjustments. What is upper cervical chiropractic care and why does it help?
Upper cervical chiropractic involves precise and gentle adjustments that are focused on just the top two bones of the neck. Misalignments in this sensitive part of the body can result in reduced blood flow to certain parts of the brain, inhibited brainstem function, and issues with cerebrospinal fluid drainage that can cause pooling. All of these factors can play a role in headaches and migraines.
At Health First Chiropractic in Sedro Woolley, WA, we have used upper cervical care to help many of our patients who experience headaches. For example, Wanda had been experiencing chronic headaches for over 25 years. She never experienced a headache again after her first treatment. You can watch her testimonial video and many others on our website.
If you are suffering from headaches, especially if you are also experiencing neck pain or have a history of neck or head injury, upper cervical chiropractic care may be the safe and natural way to reduce or even eliminate your headaches. To get started on your journey to better health and well-being, please contact our office today to schedule a consultation. You can reach us by phone at 360-855-1021, or you can find our email address on our contact page.