So What Kind of Headache Do You Have?
There are many different types of headaches and subtle variations to them. It should also be noted that it is possible to have combinations of headaches. A quick example might be a tension type headache, combined with migraine and rebound headache. Many people do not realize how all their symptoms are related. The hard part is figuring out the source of the headache and fixing that. This is a short and sweet summary of several of the most common types of headaches.
The migraine headache is a large topic but to sum things up; a migraine headache is usually a one sided throbbing/pulsating head pain that in many cases will feel like blood is backed up in your head. In addition many people can experience nausea, vomiting, sensitivity to light and sound, visual disturbance (aura), numbness down the arm (brachioplegic migraine) or even one side of the body (hemiplegic migraine).
The term cervicogenic headache literally breaks down to a headache pain created by the neck. The most common cause is joint dysfunction in one of the upper two neck bones. This type of headache can radiate pain to many different areas of the head, face, neck, and shoulders. In fact there is so much variability to this type of headache they have developed pain maps through research to help to try and categorize them.
A tension headache feels like a constant ache or pressure around your head, especially at the temples or back of the head and neck (this is a huge sign of an underlying neck problem by the way). This type of headache is one of the most common and as the name implies too much tension in the muscles or a muscle imbalance in the back of the head, neck, scalp, jaw, eyes, etc. will cause head pain.
This type of headache is pain in the back of the head, upper neck, and commonly behind the eyes. There are several names for this type of headache such as occipital neuralgia, C2 neuralgia, Arnold's neuralgia etc. Joint dysfunction in the upper neck irritates the nerves in the upper neck called the occipital nerves and pain radiates to the back of the head, upper neck, and in some cases behind the eyes.
Cluster headaches appear suddenly and usually stick to one side of the head creating a debilitating pain. In many cases people that suffer with this type of headache will also have a watery eye and nasal congestion on the same side but can also have a runny nose due to the excess water draining from the eye. These headaches show up in groupings or clusters and will likely result in you wanting to lie down and rest. If you are like many people with cluster headaches you will be restless and have a hard time getting comfortable.
Many people do not realize that long-term use and over-use of painkillers for headaches can actually cause headaches; in addition permanent damage to other areas of the body is not uncommon due to long term toxicity from the drugs used. With the rebound headache you end up back at square one, likely having spent a lot of money and ending up with a similar problem to the one you were trying to eliminate.
A Commonly Overlooked Cause
A previous injury to the head or neck is the common denominator in virtually all chronic headache patients. The most common types of injuries reported by patients are car accidents, sports injuries, slips, and falls. When a trauma occurs, an injury to the head or neck is common and it can lead to head and neck misalignment (one of the upper two neck bones gets knocked out of alignment).
Once it is pointed out it is easy to see that there is a strong relationship to upper neck problems and headaches of many different varieties. Time and time again upper cervical chiropractic care has been shown to be the natural, non-invasive treatment of choice for headaches.
Dr. Blom is an upper cervical chiropractor in Boise, Idaho that specializes in detection and treatment of spinal related disorders of the head and neck. Correction of head and neck misalignment has proven to be highly effective for people that suffer from headaches. If you are looking for natural headache treatment and relief in Boise Idaho you are on the right track.
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