Have you ever had a headache? Chances are, the answer is yes. Headaches cause over 40 million Americans to suffer. There are many different types of headaches one can experience. Tension, migraine, sinus and cluster headaches are just a few. The good news is, many of them are treatable with conservative care. Chiropractic care is a safe and effective solution for many types of headaches.
Headaches can be due to lifestyle, diet, medication, lack of sleep, chronic conditions, and much more. Ultimately, though, headaches are caused by chemical activity, nerves, and blood supply in the brain. Disruptions in the normal state of these can cause different types of pain and sensitivity to the cranial structures.
Types of headaches:
- Tension: most common type, may be associated with muscle spasms and neck pain, typically occur in the afternoon/evening
- Migraine: may be associated with an “aura” or spotty vision, as well as nausea and vomiting, may last 2-3 days, may be aggravated by light and sound
- Cluster: least common type, may be associated with allergies, can last for 1-2 hours and occur 3-4 times a day, may awaken you from sleep, eye watering
- Sinus: may be associated with pain in the cheeks and above the eyes, nasal drainage may also be present.
Conservative and alternative forms of treatment can help with headaches. Some examples are Chiropractic, Acupuncture, Naturopathic Medicine, Nutrition and CBD Oil.
Headaches come in all shapes and sizes. Chiropractic can help many of them.
Question: Headaches are a prevalent issue that affect almost everyone. When QAPEing a headache, the doctor will ask important questions such as duration and timing of the pain to help identify the type of headache – sinus, tension, migraine, etc.
Assess: Headaches are caused by chemical activity in the brain as well as blood supply and nerves of the brain. A doctor will assess your lifestyle, habits, posture, and musculoskeletal abnormalities to help determine the best mode of treatment.
Plan: Treating headaches with chiropractic care is common and effective. Chiropractic care, acupuncture, nutritional and supplemental recommendations, and ergonomic counseling are some of the ways a chiropractor can treat headaches.
Execute: A trial of a few chiropractic adjustments combined with lifestyle modification can help a lot of people when properly diagnosed. When conservative treatment is not the answer, a referral to a neurologist may be considered.