Headaches & Migraines
How can Chiropractic Care help with HEADACHES?
As a result the vertebra in the neck becomes misaligned and pain, stiffness, even headaches may occur. A simple fall as a child or even sleeping improperly can cause a cascade of headaches later on in life. Headaches and migraines occur when circulation of the brain is compromised. When your skull and neck are misaligned, it puts pressure on the blood vessels and lymph nodes, causing the muscles to tighten. This reduces blood flow to the brain resulting in a headache response.
Doctors of chiropractic successfully help thousands of individuals’ everyday obtain safe, effective, long-term relief from their headaches. This is because most headaches have a spinal, muscular, or habitual component that the chiropractor has been trained to identify and treat. The Chiropractic adjustments help improve circulation by reducing stress or resistance within the body. If you are tired of taking pills all the time Chiropractic can be a natural solution for you.
Headaches affect just about everyone at some point and they can present themselves in many different ways.
The pain itself may be dull or sharp and may last for anywhere from a few minutes to a few days.
Some people only experience pain in one part of their head or behind their eyes, some people experience a pounding sensation inside their whole head, and some people experience nausea, while others do not. Although headaches can be due to a wide variety of causes, such as drug reactions, temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMJ), tightness in the neck muscles, low blood sugar, high blood pressure, stress and fatigue, the majority of recurrent headaches are of two types: tension headaches (also called cervicogenic headaches) and migraine headaches. There is a third, less common, type of headache called a cluster headache that is a cousin to the migraine. Let’s look at each of these three types of headaches.
These headaches usually begin slowly and gradually and can last for minutes or days, and tend to begin in the middle or toward the end of the day.
Tension type headaches are the most common, affecting upwards of 75% of all headache sufferers. Most people describe a tension headache as a constant dull, achy feeling either on one side or both sides of the head, often described as a feeling of a tight band or dull ache around the head or behind the eyes. Tension headaches, or stress headaches, can last from 30 minutes to several days. In some cases, chronic tension headaches may persist for many months. Although the pain can at times be severe, tension headaches are usually not associated with other symptoms, such as nausea, throbbing or vomiting. The most common cause of tension headaches is subluxations in the upper back and neck, especially the upper neck, usually in combination with active trigger points.
Migraine headaches are caused by a constriction of the blood vessels in the brain, followed by a dilation of blood vessels.
Each year, about 25 million people in the U.S. experience migraine headaches, and about 75% of them are women. Migraines are intense and throbbing headaches that are often associated with nausea and sensitivity to light or noise. They can last from as little as a few hours to as long as a few days. Many of those who suffer from migraines experience visual symptoms called an aura just prior to an attack that is often described as seeing flashing lights or where everything takes on a dream-like appearance. Migraine sufferers usually have their first attack before age 30 and they tend to run in families, supporting the notion that there is a genetic component to them. Some people have attacks several times a month, others less than yearly. Most people find that migraine attacks occur less frequently and become less severe as they age.
This is the only type of headache that tends to occur at night.
Cluster headaches are typically of very short-duration and excruciating, usually felt on one side of the head behind the eyes. Cluster headaches affect about 1 million people in the United States and, unlike migraines, are much more common in men. The reason that they are called cluster headaches is that they tend to occur one to four times per day over a period of several days. After one cluster of headaches is over, it may be months or even years, before they occur again. Like migraines, cluster headaches are likely to be related to a dilation of the blood vessels in the brain, causing a localized increase in pressure. Get checked out by our chiropractor…. We can help!