What are the different types of headaches? 🤕

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Headaches are one of the most common reasons people seek chiropractic care.

There are many causes of headaches, and contrary to popular belief, stress is not the most common.

One thing is for sure, whatever the cause of the headache, you want it to end quickly! 🤯

Sometimes certain headaches are so painful and make us so dysfunctional that we might think we are suffering from a serious health problem.

However, these are rarely a sign of it. Chiropractors very frequently encounter patients with headaches.

But, did you know that there are different types of headaches?

Migraines and tension headaches are the most common types. Each is caused by different factors and can be treated in different ways.

It is the role of the chiropractor to determine what type of headache you have and to give you advice on how to reduce the intensity and frequency of your pain.

Let’s take a closer look at each type of headache, and explore some of the best ways to treat them.

5 Types of Headaches Most Frequently Encountered in Chiropractic

1. Migraines

Migraine is a painful headache of moderate to severe intensity that is felt on one side of the head. The pain may feel like a throbbing, as if you feel your heart beating in your head.

The pain can be at the level of the forehead, behind the head, at the temple or even at eye level. Many migraine sufferers find their temples particularly sensitive during attacks.

It is a pain that usually prevents you from concentrating or working.

Physical activity can make headaches worse. Our life is therefore punctuated by the need not to overindulge, which could aggravate our condition.

Sometimes these headaches last for hours, while other times they only seem quite intense at first, before fading completely – but no matter how long we spend in its grip, they are unpleasant.

Pain attacks can last from 4 to 72 hours. Migraine can cause vomiting or nausea in some people.

Migraine can present with an aura. This aura is a prodrome, warning signs that precede the migraine attack.

In general, this neurological disorder affects vision. Before having a migraine, the person might have blurred vision, see bright spots or flashes. Only 20% of migraine sufferers have auras.

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2. Tension headache

Tension headache is a very common headache. It is a type of headache that can last for several hours or even days.

They are characterized by pain on both sides of the head, in the form of a band or vice, and a tightness is felt there.

Tension headaches usually cause dull, constant pain.

The pain intensity is usually mild to moderate, and it is usually not accompanied by other symptoms. Moreover, it should not worsen with physical activity.

However, some people may also experience neck, jaw, or shoulder pain.

Tension headaches are the most common type of headache, and they can be caused by a variety of factors. For example, they can be the result of stress, fatigue or muscle tension.

Often they can be caused by a combination of these factors.

Tension headaches can last for minutes, hours, or even days, and they can occur sporadically or regularly.

3. Cervicogenic headache

Cervicogenic headache is a headache that is caused by a cervical origin.

It is a type of headache that originates in the neck. Generally, the pain can be felt on one side of the head, but the cause is in the neck, shoulder or arm.

The pain may be increased depending on the movements performed or the posture.

These headaches are often caused by problems with the joints or muscles in the neck. Cervicogenic headaches can also be caused by pressure on nerves in the neck.

Symptoms of a cervicogenic headache vary depending on the underlying cause, but often include pain that radiates from the neck to the head and can be made worse by neck or head movements.

In some cases, cervicogenic headaches can also cause dizziness, nausea, and balance problems.

The people most affected by cervicogenic headache are people who have experienced a road accident or people who have suffered trauma to the head or neck.

However, it is important to mention that this headache can be associated with ordinary daily events such as work or the use of tablets or cell phones.

4. Arnold’s neuralgia

Arnold’s neuralgia is also called greater occipital nerve neuralgia.

It is a headache that can be extremely painful. It is often described as a sharp, stabbing pain that comes and goes.

The pain is usually felt on one side of the head, sometimes both sides of the head at the base of the skull. The pain may radiate behind the head, at the level of the scalp, and travel to part of the ear and put pressure on the eye.

Typically, people describe the pain as burning or as sporadic electric shocks behind the head.

This pain is intense and lasts from a few seconds to a few minutes. It can be so intense that it interferes with daily activities.

The exact cause of Arnold’s neuralgia is unknown, but it is thought to be related to damage or irritation of the trigeminal nerve.

With proper treatment, most people with Arnold’s neuralgia can find relief from their pain.

5. Cluster headache

This headache is less common. It affects men more than women. It usually appears between the ages of 20 and 40 and its exact cause is not well defined, although it is thought to be related to stress or other psychological factors.

The pain felt is very intense and appears on only one side of the head, behind the eye or at the temple. According to some patients, it is one of the worst pains. During seizures, patients may be very agitated. The eye may turn red and runny. The eyelid may close. The nose may also run.

This type of headache occurs at specific times of the year for a few weeks or months. Seizures last from 30 minutes to three hours. Episodes of pain occur more frequently at night.

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How do you know if a headache is serious?

Many people suffer from occasional headaches, but how do you know if your headache is severe?

In general, a headache is considered severe if it is accompanied by any of the following symptoms: dizziness, nausea, vomiting, confusion, seizures, slurred speech, paralysis, or loss of consciousness.

If you experience any of these symptoms, it is important to seek medical attention immediately.

How to avoid headaches?

Consult a chiropractor to determine the type of headache you are suffering from. A chiropractor is the expert in neuro-musculoskeletal (nerves, muscles and joints).

He will take the time necessary to listen to you and take a good anamnesis, the history of your condition, and then he will do a detailed physical examination.

Other handy tips

  • Maintain good posture to help reduce misalignments in your spine.
  • Seek to avoid and better manage situations of pressure and stress that can generate a headache.
  • Exercise regularly
  • Avoid lack of sleep.
  • Avoid sleeping on your stomach. Rather sleep on the side or on the back.
  • Stay hydrated

If you suffer from headaches, it is important to make an appointment with a chiropractor to determine the type of headache and the best treatment.

There are many types of headaches and each responds differently to chiropractic care.

Headaches can be caused by a variety of factors such as stress, tension, poor posture or trauma.

A chiropractor will work with you to find the cause of your headaches and develop a plan to reduce or eliminate them.

Chiropractic care has been shown to be an effective treatment for headaches and can help relieve pain and discomfort.  🙌🏻🙌🏻

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Dr. Émilie Gaudreau, chiropractor

Dr. Patrick Gaudreau, chiropractor


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