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Posted on 10-02-2015

To keep this brief I will focus on the three most common types of headaches – tension headaches, cluster headaches and migraine headaches.

Tension Headaches

These are the most common type of headache. They may occur frequently as a result of physical or emotional stress. They most likely occur when the muscles that cover the skull contract, causing pain.

Symptoms of tension headaches include:

  • Dull, steady mild to moderate pain
  • Described by some as a band of pressure that circles around the head, with more intense pain above the eyes
  • There are no particular pattern or warning signs
  • May be more common during middle age as a result of stresses that are common in this age group

Cluster Headaches

These are a type of common chronic headache that often occur at the same time(s) of the day for several weeks, months or even years at a time.  Cluster headaches are far more common in men than in women and usually occur in from the ages of 20 - 40.

Symptoms of a cluster headache include:

  • Severe, sharp and steady pain on one side of the head
  • Usually occurs 2 to 3 hours after falling asleep during REM stage of sleep
  • Worst pain lasts 15 minutes to 3 hours
  • Eye and nose on same side as pain may be affected; eye may redden, tear or swell and nose may become stuffy or runny

Migraine Headaches

Migraines are the second most common of the primary headaches; they affect children as well as adults; in childhood the ratio of males to female sufferers is about equal while migraines are more prevalent in adult women.

Symptoms of a  migraine headache include:

  • Throbbing pain on one side of the head only
  • May be preceded by an aura or some type of visual disturbance,
  • Nausea, vomiting, sensitivity to light and sound, fatigue, loss of appetite, weakness and/or sweating are common

Natural Treatment for headaches include several types of herbs, one of the most common would be Feverfew.  Chiropractic has shown great results treating all three of the above mentioned headaches.  A study published in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, involved 218 headache sufferers who received either chiropractic care or drug therapy or both. Initially, there was a 40 – 50% reduction in pain in all three groups. However, four weeks after all care ended, only those who had chiropractic care still had the full benefit of their relief, while those who had received drug therapy lost about half of their improvement.

Another study, conducted at Duke University, compared chiropractic care with drug therapy (using the drug amitriptyline). Both treatments had similar short-term effects on tension headache pain; however, amitriptyline caused adverse side effects in 82% of the study participants.  The more impressive findings were noted after all care was discontinued. Patients who had received drug therapy returned to the state they were in prior to the study. However, patients who had received chiropractic care continued to benefit from a significant decrease in headache frequency and severity, even when chiropractic care was discontinued.  The conclusion to this study is that chiropractic care actually corrects the cause of the problem instead of masking the symptoms.

Remarkable results for sure and the same results that occur every day in our practices. No healthcare provider can guarantee these same results for every patient, but our practice can show you testimonials from all types of headache sufferers that reaffirm the efficacy of safe, natural chiropractic care.

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