Headaches can be debilitating, painful, and elusive. They are one of the most common symptoms people experience throughout their lives. It can be debilitating, with varying levels of intensity, frequency, location, duration, and intensity. There are many causes and types of headaches. However, there are many treatment options that can help relieve them.
According to the National Headache Foundation (NHF), more than 45 million Americans suffer with chronic, recurring headaches. An estimated 28 million suffer migraine headaches. This is a very painful condition that can cause vomiting and visual disturbances. It is remarkable to note that headaches are reported by 20% of children. The rise in headaches has been significant over the years.
This is due to lifestyle issues such as increased stress, increased use visual screens (mobile phones and texting), more caffeine, specific food chemicals and poor eating habits. These factors can be combined with basic physical triggers like hormonal changes, a lack of a curve in the neck and whiplash injuries, slips or falls, heavy weights on neck and shoulders (such as backpacks or laptop cases), and many other factors.
Tension is the most common type, and it is a muscle-contractive pain.
- Cervicogenic: pain resulting from subluxation (misalignment), of the neck or upper back.
- Dietary: a result of food chemicals such as MSG and commercial food processing techniques.
- Exertional: Head pain that occurs after exercising.
- Hormonal: Most common in females who are using hormone-based birth controls or are undergoing life-stage hormonal modifications.
- Hypertension-related: A vascular (blood vessel) issue that is often worse at night. Side effects of many prescription, store-bought medication.
- Sinus: A constant, severe pain in the front and cheeks. It can also be accompanied by fever.
- Temporomandibular Jaw (TMJ)-induced: This is usually caused by joint inflammation and clenching of the teeth.
- Cluster: This is the most common type of headache. It involves a group of severe, intense attacks that occur behind one eye.
There are more than 150 types of headaches. Most headaches are characterized by pulsating, throbbing or squeezing symptoms. These symptoms can last from a few minutes up to several hours, sometimes even for several days. Light sensitivity and auras are common signs of headaches. Auras can also be caused by certain odors or sounds. Other symptoms include nausea and vomiting, stomach pain, stomach cramps, dizziness, dizziness, fever, light sensitivity, and visual disturbances.
There are many options for headache treatment. The approach to treatment will vary depending on the type of headache. The treatment and care of headaches includes prescription and non-prescription medications, chiropractic care and trigger point therapy and massaging, as well as acupuncture, chiropractic care, chiropractic care, acupuncture and trigger point therapy and massage.
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There are also night guards to prevent tooth grinding, lifestyle modifications, and dietary modifications. There are many medications that can relieve headaches. Sometimes, a simple conversation between your family physician and a modification to your medication regimen can reduce or even eliminate the pain.
A 1995 article in the Journal of Manipulative Physiological Therapeutics (JMPT), reported that chiropractic adjustments could relieve headaches when they were performed according to the doctor’s plan. This was more than any prescribed medication. In 2001, a Duke University study showed that spinal adjustments could reduce headaches resulting from neck muscle spasms. Also, adjustments were reported to have a longer lasting effect than most prescribed medications.