WHAT IS A HEADACHE?
A headache may arise from muscular tension, vascular changes, sinus congestion, eyestrain and many other underlying causes. They can start over the eyes, in the back of the head, on the sides or top of the head, or feel centered behind the eyes. The one thing all these headaches have in common is that they hurt, and sometimes they hurt a great deal. The amount of pain associated with a headache may range from a mild ache to a throbbing, nauseating, relentless pain. Regardless of the type of headaches you have, you know it hurts, it’s a nuisance at best, and you want to know how to finally get rid of them. First, let’s break down the different types of headaches.
WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENT TYPES OF HEADACHES?
Tension headaches are caused by muscular tension and contraction involving the muscles of the shoulders, neck and head. Tension headaches often worsen with noise and hot, stuffy environments. This type of headache occurs mostly in women over age 20.
A cluster headache is one-sided head pain that may involve tearing of the eyes and a stuffy nose. A cluster headache usually lasts about 30 to 60 minutes and then quickly goes away. The headaches often begin at night, right after the person has gone to sleep, but they can occur at any time of day.
Migraine headaches on the other hand, are vascular headaches, arising from sudden dilation of the blood vessels of the head. These headaches often begin with symptoms other than pain, such as visual auras, nausea or sensitivity to light and sound. The headache that follows can vary in intensity, but is often severe. There are two types of migraine: migraine with an aura and migraine without aura. An aura is a group of symptoms that develop before the onset of the main headache.
If you’ve ever suffered from a sinus headache, you almost instantly recognize what it is as soon as it starts. You feel congested and stopped up. There is pressure in your head, your cheeks, and in, around, and behind your eyes. You nose often becomes stuffy, and it may even run. Another sinus headache! Sinus headaches are usually dull constant aches, whereas migraine headaches are usually described as throbbing pain, accompanied by nausea. Both headaches may make one sensitive to light and sound. Sinusitis can be caused by a variety of things, such as bacterial infections, fungal infections, immune deficiencies, nasal cavity structure problems, allergies, or even simple colds. All of these things cause changes in the pressure in the sinus cavities, which result in headaches.
WHAT IS THE BEST WAY TO TREAT HEADACHES?
Headaches are common pain events for many people, and they are often recurring. A variety of prescription and over-the-counter medications may control headache pain, but they only mask the pain without addressing the cause. If you address the cause, and solve the problem, you no longer need to cover up the symptom.
A scientific study published in the February 2010 issue of The Spine Journal, from the North American Spine Society showed evidence of how chiropractic helps headaches. The study was conducted at Western States Chiropractic College by the Dean of Research, Dr. Mitchell Haas, who is also a faculty member of that institution. The results showed a significant decrease in pain for the group that received chiropractic care (without being administered any type of drug) over the group that did not receive any care at all.
Megan’s Success Story for Headaches with Augusta GA Chiropractor Dr. Mark Huntsman:
WHERE CAN I GET TREATED IN AUGUSTA, GA?
As experienced chiropractors in Augusta GA, Georgia Clinic of Chiropractic has great success in treating headaches, ranging from mild tension headaches to severe, debilitating migraine headaches. We have also been able to successfully help patients with sinus headaches, by reducing sinus inflammation and infection (see their success stories on our website). If you’re not sure if chiropractic care is right for you, you can call Georgia Clinic of Chiropractic to set up a complimentary consultation. If your medical needs are out of our scope of services, we will refer you to a medical professional best suited for you.
The Georgia Clinic of Chiropractic Blog is written by Dr. Mark Huntsman.
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