Headaches are a more common complaint than any other type of pain, which includes back pain, which is the second most common pain that people suffer from. Depending on the person and the condition causing the headache, the pain can be dull or sharp and last for a few seconds or minutes to a few days at a time.
There is no doubt that whether they are intermittent or chronic, headaches are considered the most aggravating kinds of body pain, since they can manifest symptoms like nausea, earaches, pain in the jaw, throbbing or the sensation of someone pounding the head from inside the brain. Still, the good news is that the causes of headaches are rarely linked to serious medical conditions.
Stress, tension and too much work pressure are the leading causes of headaches, and a bad posture can also lead to them. Subluxations in the upper back and upper neck are the most common reason for tension headaches, while a decrease in blood flow to the brain is the leading cause of migraines and cluster headaches. This decrease is caused by constriction of blood vessels that lead to the brain.
Depending on the kind of headache, the symptoms can include one or more of the following:
- Dull, sharp or throbbing pain in the head
- Pain spreading to ears, jaw or neck, known as referred pain
- Inability to sleep properly or focus on the task at hand
- Nausea or loss of appetite
- Loss of balance or dizziness
- Sensitivity to light and sound
Diagnosis & Tests
A visit to the chiropractic center is the best way to get your headaches diagnosed, as a comprehensive chiropractic examination allows the doctor to locate trigger points and diagnose any underlying conditions that may be causing them. They may also suggest X-rays, MRIs, CT scans, blood pressure tests and other methods that can help to diagnose medical conditions or injuries causing the headaches.
At Pro Chiropractic Clinics, our experience therapists offer spinal adjustments and chiropractic massages that can help to alleviate headaches and relax the muscles that lead up to the head. The idea is to reduce the tension that leads to the blood vessels and readjust the spine to fix any subluxations or muscle spasms that may be causing the headaches.
Since neck pain can also cause headaches, a neck massage can be an effective way to reduce existing pain. Along with therapeutic massages and treatments, you will also be educated about ways to reduce stress and improve your posture to prevent headaches in the future. These forms of treatment may be combined with pain killers and traditional treatments to tackle any medical conditions that are contributing to the headaches.