There are many types of headaches. Migraine Headaches, Stress Headaches, Cluster Headaches and the absolute worst…Ice Cream Headaches!
Migraines typically last a 1-3 days, and are usually on one side of the head. There can be associated “blurred” vision and nausea. Often, there is a sensitivity to light, sounds and smells. Certain foods can also be triggers. In the patients suffering with Migraines I’ve treated, in most instances the pain is about an 8-10 out of 10. They can be debilitating.
The most common headache, however, is the Tension/Stress Headache. These usually get progressively worse throughout the day, and end up feeling like a tight band wrapping around your head. Typically, the tension extends into the neck. They last a from a couple hours to a couple days.
The funny thing is that you may be reading this and still confused about what kind of headaches you suffer from. My patients have had what seem like Tension Headaches, but suffer light sensitivity like Migraine Headache sufferers. Or, I see Migraine sufferers who feel their headache is coming from tension in their neck.
How dare these patients not fit into the perfect molds as described on Web MD!!!
In reality, the scientific literature is filled with countless sub-categories of headaches. There’s even an entire journal dedicated to the subject.
So, how can chiropractic care help?
In my clinical experience, not all, but most headaches have a component which involves their cervical spine. Most headache sufferers, when examined, have tenderness around the base of the skull, just behind the ears and around the jaw.
Recent data suggests that there is a reflex which occurs when there is pain, even subconscious pain, involving the jaw and upper neck, which can cause spasms of the muscles around the head in a Tension Headache. These same reflexes may also be responsible for the blood vessel spasm in the brain associated with Migraines.
This is likely why numerous studies describe what has been noticed in chiropractic offices for over 100 years. Adjustments are effective and reducing the pain associated with Tension and Migraine Headaches.
Do you or someone you know suffer from Headaches? Bring them with you on your next visit for a free consultation. Chiropractic care may be able to help.
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Dr. Aaron L. Wiegand, DC