There is a good portion of the people (9 out of 10) that have headaches, and even though they might be common it’s not normal to have headaches. Headache pain can present in a number of different ways- sharp, dull, achy, throbbing, across the back of the neck, forehead or temples, the pain of headaches can even create disturbances with vision and hearing.
The good thing is most headaches aren’t the result of a serious illness, but some may result from a life-threatening condition requiring emergency care. If you are having any of the followings though go to an ER to get evaluated: “the worst headache of your life”, confusion or trouble understanding speech, fainting,high fever greater than 102 F to 104 F,numbness, weakness or paralysis on one side of your body,stiff neck,trouble seeing speaking or walking, or nausea or vomiting. Those are all red flags with headaches that there might be something serious going on. If you have a headache its best to get it evaluated by a doctor to see whats going on.

Headaches are typically classified by their cause and are broken into two categories, primary and secondary. A primary headache is caused by overactivity of or problems with pain-sensitive structures in your head. A primary headache isn’t a symptom of an underlying disease.With primary headaches chemical activity in your brain, the nerves or blood vessels surrounding your skull, or the muscles of your head and neck (or some combination of these factors) can play a role in why you have pain.The most common types of primary headaches are cluster headaches,migraines (with and without auras) and tension headaches.Primary headaches can be triggered by lifestyle factors, like excessive alcohol use at the club, particularly red wine, certain foods like meats that contain nitrates or

Primary headaches can be triggered by lifestyle factors, like excessive alcohol use at the club, particularly red wine, certain foods like meats that contain nitrates or MSG,changes in sleep or lack of sleep, poor posture, skipped meals, and stress. A secondary headache is a symptom of a disease that can activate the pain-sensitive nerves of the head. Any number of conditions may cause secondary headaches but possible causes of secondary headaches

A secondary headache is a symptom of a disease that can activate the pain-sensitive nerves of the head. Any number of conditions may cause secondary headaches but possible causes of secondary headaches include:sinusitis, artery tears ,brain aneurysm,brain arteriovenous malformation,brain tumor,carbon monoxide poisoning, concussion and post concusive syndrome, dehydration,dental problems,ear infection, encephalitis ,giant cell arteritis ,glaucoma ,hangovers,high blood pressure, medications and overuse of pain meds, meningitis, panic attacks and panic disorder,pressure from tight helmets or goggles,stroke, or trigeminal neuralgia just to name a few.

So what can chiropractic do to help your headaches? We may do one or more of the following if you suffer from a primary headache: Perform chiropractic adjustments to improve spinal function and alleviate the stress on your system.Provide nutritional advice, recommending a change in diet and perhaps the addition of B complex vitamins.Offer advice on posture, ergonomics (work postures), exercises and relaxation techniques. This advice is to help relieve the recurring joint irritation and tension in the muscles of the neck and upper back.Or if you have a secondary headache we can help you find and work with a provider that will give you the best care for the cause of your headaches. If you suffer from headaches give us a call and schedule a complimentary consulatation so we can work together to get you out of pain today!

Or if you have a secondary headache we can help you find and work with a provider that will give you the best care for the cause of your headaches. If you suffer from headaches give us a call and schedule a complimentary consulatation so we can work together to get you out of pain today!

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