Headaches

* 50-75% of adults have had a headache in the last year and 30% or more have reported a migraine

Classifying Headaches

Migraines

· Contrary to popular belief, migraines are not just a bad headache. It’s an extremely incapacitation collection of neurological symptoms that usually includes a severe, throbbing, recurring pain on one side of the head. It is often accompanied by nausea, vomiting, and extreme sensitivity to light and sound.

Tension Type

· Tension-type headaches are the most common form of headaches, occurring in about three quarters of the general population. They are described as a pain that feels like a tight band around your head or a weight on top of it. Your neck or shoulder muscles may also hurt along with having a headache.

Cervicogenic

· A cervicogenic headache starts in the cervical spine (your neck). Sometimes these headaches mimic migraine symptoms. Initially, pain may begin intermittently, spread to one side of the head, and become almost continuous. Pain can be exacerbated by neck movement or a particular neck position.

DID YOU KNOW?

The combination of two or more non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), or similarly, two or more acetaminophen pain relievers, increases the risk of health complications including:

· Ulcers

· Stomach bleeding

· Liver & kidney damage

Chiropractors are well-positioned to diagnose and manage headaches. Chiropractic care can help alleviate the pain associated with headaches. Spinal manipulation, along with nutrition and exercise recommendations, have been proven as a safe and effective drug-free pain management approach for many types of headaches.

Headache prevention tips

· Maintain proper body weight

· Exercise regularly

· Eat nutritious foods

· Reduce stress

· Practice healthy ergonomics

· Maintain proper posture and spinal function

· Maintain hydration

 

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