We’ve all experienced a headache at some point in our lives. In fact, they are incredibly common. According to the WHO, nearly 1 in every 20 humans experiences a headache almost daily. For the other 19, headaches still occur far too often.
Tension headaches are the most common headaches across the world. Migraines follow close behind. And women are the most vulnerable to both.
A tension headache is a result of muscle tension. This can occur for a number of reasons including:
- Poor posture
- Eye strain
- Poor sleeping habits or insomnia
- Unmanaged stress.
They will often feel like a vice or band around the head, with pain beginning in the neck and reaching both sides of the head. They will typically be a constant pain ranging from mild to moderate. Popping a pain reliever pill will often relieve the pain for a time but this does not correct the cause of the tension-type headache and it will return at some point.
Migraines can be hormone induced which is why they are far more common among women. Classically, they can begin plaguing your life around puberty and can be the most debilitating between the ages of 35 and 45. But as with just about any headache, migraines don’t always follow those rules.
The causes range significantly. From hormonal imbalances to gastrointestinal issues to liver imbalances, there are so many ways your body could succumb to a migraine. Triggers often include:
- Lack of sleep
- Menstrual cycle
- Changes in weather
Migraines differ from tension headaches in how they feel. They tend to cause an intense throbbing that can be severe. They are usually localized on one side of the head and are worsened by light and loud noises. Migraines can also cause nausea and vomiting.
How Your Chiropractor Can Help
If your habit is to grab the bottle of pain relievers, let us suggest a far better way. Pain relievers simply mask the symptom, completely ignoring the real issue. Your chiropractor can help diagnose the cause and work toward correcting that problem resulting in long term relief.
When it comes to tension-type headaches, a thorough cervical adjustment can significantly loosen up those tensed muscles and realign any subluxations contributing to the tension. Spinal adjustments can help correct posture as well as allow for better sleep. Additionally, a massage can greatly reduce feelings of stress, relieving tension headaches.
Migraines are a trickier lot but chiropractors can help with these, too! A plethora of studies have found significant improvement in frequency of migraines through chiropractic care. A properly aligned spine contributes to the body’s ability to heal. This includes from issues that may be causing migraines.
If you suffer from chronic headaches, occasional headaches, or you have a headache right now, call Amberwood Terrace Chiropractic. Dr. Derrick Hendricks can work with you to diagnose and treat your headaches in a holistic and effective way. By treating the causes, Dr. Hendricks can help relieve and even eliminate the symptoms.
Don’t live another day in pain. Call Amberwood Terrace Chiropractic today!