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Headaches: How Chiropractic May Be Able to Help

By Sara Butler

Headaches are something most everyone has to deal with at one point or another. They can be something that is merely a nuisance or they can be severe and debilitating. There’s not just one type of headache people suffer from either, but different types that may require different treatment approaches by your chiropractor. Here are three main types of headaches and how your chiropractor may be able to help.

The Tension Headache

Tension headaches are the most common type of a headache experienced by people. Tension headaches are characterized by a tight feeling in your head or a feeling like something is being pressed on you. It usually is on one side of the head and can be mild to moderate in its intensity. The pain caused by a tension headache can last for as little as 30 minutes or as long as one week. Most people don’t feel nauseous or vomit when they have a tension headache, but they may be sensitive to sound or light. Most of the time tension headaches aren’t caused by an underlying health condition, but if they are experienced regularly it is something you should discuss with your chiropractor.

The Cluster Headache

A cluster headache is unlike any other type of a headache. They are far less common than any other type of a headache and are experienced by only about 1 percent of people. Cluster headaches most often impact men between the ages of 20 and 40.

The characteristics of cluster headaches are intense pain around the eyes or along one side of the head. They can last anywhere from 15 minutes up to several hours and can occur multiple times in one day. Sufferers of cluster headaches may experience:

  • Tearing
  • Sweating on the forehead
  • Nasal congestion
  • Restlessness
  • Distress during attack

The Migraine Headache

Migraine headaches are not as common as tension headaches and are mostly experienced by women. A migraine is described as a recurrent headache, and it can last up to 72 hours. This type of a headache creates a pulsating pain that can be moderate to severe in intensity. It can also produce symptoms of nausea, vomiting, and sensitivity to light that may be made worse by physical activity. About 2 in 10 migraine sufferers will experience what is called an “aura” before the migraine pain sets in where they have a visual disturbance.

If you suffer from any of these headaches you should consult with your chiropractor. They may be able to offer natural and non-invasive approaches to help ease your pain. They can assess not only your physical symptoms but your lifestyle choices as well to help determine the root cause of headaches and help bring you relief.

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