Dealing With Headaches and Migraines
Are Headaches Becoming a Way of Life?
Boom, Boom, Boom. . . . .Here it comes, the pounding pressure that begins at the back of your head and shoots “Bullets of Pain” behind your eyes. This constant throbbing renders you grouchy, ill-tempered and unable to focus on anything except the thoughts "where did it come from?" or "how do I make it go away?" During those times when headaches attack, relief seems difficult to come by. However, relief may be closer than you know.
While the different types and classifications of headaches are numerous, the most common headaches are tension-type, migraines, and cervicogenic.
Tension-type headaches are characterized by mild to moderate steady pain, tightness, or pressure around the head and neck. These “tension headaches” may be provoked by the stress of everyday life, eye strain, or poor posture.
Migraines are identified by a moderate to severe throbbing headache that lasts from 4 to 72 hours, is often on one side of the head, and is often associated with nausea, vomiting, and sensitivity to light, sound, and odors. Components that can trigger a “migraine headache” can be food, caffeine, alcohol, or exercise.
Cervicogenic headaches originate from the joints, muscles, ligaments, and discs of the upper neck. When these are damaged or dysfunctional, nerve endings send pain signals up from the upper nerves of the neck to the brain. On their way, they intermingle with the nerve fibers of the trigeminal nerve, which is responsible for the perception of head pain, therefore the patient experiences the symptoms of headache.
Recent studies have shown that chiropractic manipulation can be an effective treatment for tension, cervicogenic and even migraine headaches. Other treatment which has proven beneficial includes massage, application of ice to the neck, and medication. In more severe cases of cervicogenic headaches, nerve facet blocks and surgery may be recommended.
If you suffer from headaches, start a headache log. Write down the time of day, severity & duration of pain, any activity and any foods eaten. Then seek help with a qualified physician; often a combination of chiropractic manipulation, massage, stretching, and ice can make a world of difference.
Chiropractic Care Can Help!