There are numerous causes, or “triggers,” for headaches, which include your environment and particular behaviors. Environmental factors can be stress, noise, and lights, and behaviors include insomnia, too much exercise, and consuming certain foods.
The most common headaches are related to joint irritatino and muscle tension in the neck due to various sedentary activities, like sitting in front of a computer for hours in one fixed position. Only a small percentage of headaches are warning signals of potentially serious injuries.
Some doctors can break down the types of headaches into over 100 different categories, but most of those types are rare and do not affect the average person. The most common types of headaches include:
Tension headaches (stress headaches): Mild to moderate and come and go based on activity
Migraines: Severe and last for days with multiple unpleasant symptoms and can be chronic
Cluster headaches: Can occur multiple times in a day with severe throbbing behind the eyes
Mixed headache syndrome: A combination of a migraine and a tension headache
Sinus headache: Caused by sinus inflammation with pain in the forehead, nose and cheek areas
Acute headaches: Short lived and most common with kids, usually caused by sinus infection
Hormone headaches: Related to hormonal swings during periods, pregnancy, and menopause
Chronic progressive headaches: These get worse and occur more and more often
A headache can range from mild to severe pain and usually occurs on both sides of your head, such as in the forehead, temples, and back of the neck. Tension headaches are the most common, caused mainly by muscle tension and stress, and they can last anywhere from 30 minutes to a week.
Migraines are intense, frequently last for days, and sometimes require hospitalization. Chronic migraines can incapacitate the sufferer and have additional symptoms, such as:
Most migraines only affect one side of the head and can make performing daily tasks difficult.
Research shows that there’s a range of chiropractic treatments that can improve the outcome of chronic headaches, such as:
Dr. Edmiston can diagnose the source of your headaches and prescribe treatments to relieve your pain and help stop future headaches before they start.
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