When you have a headache, your body is trying to tell you...“something is wrong.” Because headaches are so common, some people have the misbelief, headaches are just a normal part of everyday life, and everyone has headaches. This is totally untrue!
Headaches are not normal! Everyone does not have headaches, but headaches are a growing epidemic in our society today. People, who suffer from headaches, often try to mask their pain with over-the-counter (OTC) and prescription pain medications, which, at best, only provides temporary relief to their headache pain.
Good news! Research studies have shown many headaches are directly linked to spinal misalignment, muscle imbalance, and nerve irritation. Dunn Chiropractic & Rehab has helped hundreds of patients, who were suffering from many different types of headaches.
Once the type of headache is determined, a successful treatment plan can be developed.
The 5 most common types of headaches are:
- Tension Headaches
- Cluster Headaches
- Sinus Headaches
- Rebound Headaches
- Migraine Headaches
Tension Headaches are the most common type of headache. They feel like a constant pain over the entire head or at the temples, back of the head, top of the neck and especially at the forehead and behind the eyes. Because of the location of the headache pain around the eyes and over the sinus areas, tension headaches are often misdiagnosed as sinus headaches, by patients and doctors. Likewise, tension headaches are often misdiagnosed as cluster headaches (occur in groups or cycles) and rebound headaches (if the patient’s history reveals overuse of painkillers, while trying to get relief). The average tension headache usually does not cause nausea or vomiting, but they certainly can interfere with daily activities.
Cluster Headaches, which affect more men than women, are headaches, which reoccur in groups or cycles. They appear suddenly and are characterized by severe, debilitating pain on one side of the head, and are often accompanied by a watery eye and nasal congestion or a runny nose on the same side of the face. During an attack, patients often feel restless. They are unlikely to lie down, because they are unable to find a comfortable, restful position.
Sinus Headaches occur when a sinus becomes inflamed (usually from an infection) and the lining of the sinus is swollen. The sinus opening is swollen shut and blocks normal drainage. The pressure in the sinus continues to build and results in pain. Sinus headaches usually come with a fever and can be diagnosed by symptoms or the presence of pus viewed through a fiber-optic scope. Headaches, due to sinus infection, can be treated with antibiotics, as well as antihistamines or decongestants.
Rebound Headaches are secondary to the chronic, overuse of painkillers, which were taken for the headache pain. They are named “rebound” because they reoccur. These headaches result from the pain medication, which was, ironically, taken for the reoccurring headaches. These medications include over-the-counter, as well as prescription drugs. How does this work? One theory claims too much medication can cause the brain to shift into an excited state, which triggers more headaches. A second theory claims rebound headaches are a symptom of drug withdrawal, as the level of pain medications drop in the bloodstream.
Chronic Reoccurring Headaches in patients, who have been taking medications over a long period of time for their headaches, are often misdiagnosed as Rebound Headaches, when the headaches are really chronic recurring Tension Headaches. By the way, Dunn Chiropractic & Rehab has a very high success rate with chronic recurring Tension Headaches (95%).
Migraine Headaches are usually associated with very severe debilitating pain, which can run in families. Migraines have specific diagnostic criteria:
- At least 5 previous episodes of headaches, which lasts between 4 and 72 hours
- Headaches must have resulted in, at least, 2 out of these 4 symptoms:
- one-sided pain
- throbbing pulsating pain
- moderate-to-severe pain and
- pain, which
- interfered with routine daily activities
- was worsened by routine daily activities or
- prohibited routine daily activity
- At least one associated feature
- nausea and/or vomiting, or
- sensitivity to light and sound
A migraine may be foreshadowed by an aura, such as, visual distortions or hand numbness
Headaches can be aggravated and increased in intensity by “headache triggers,” which can include, but are not limited to caffeine; chocolate; alcohol; cigarettes; cigars; stress; fatigue; eye strain; personality traits; weight; daily schedule; plus foods and drinks, which vaso-constrict (narrow) or vaso-dilate (expand) blood vessels.
Remember, many headaches are misdiagnosed, and research studies have shown many headaches are directly linked to spinal misalignment, muscle imbalance, and nerve irritation.
Dunn Chiropractic & Rehab has helped hundreds of patients decrease the intensity and frequency of their headaches or totally eliminated their headaches. There is no need to suffer with headaches. Click here to schedule an appointment with Dunn Chiropractic & Rehab for a headache evaluation. Don't let headaches ruin your life! Be Headache Free - Be Healthy - Be Happy - Enjoy Life.