Can I have different types of headaches?

There are well over 100 different types of headaches, but they’re all categorized as either primary or secondary:

Primary headaches

Primary headaches begin in your head or neck. Tension headaches, migraines, and cluster headaches are three common primary headaches.

Secondary headaches

These headaches are caused by another health condition. Three examples of underlying conditions that often cause headaches include concussions, temporomandibular disorders (TMDs), and chronic sinusitis.

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What are the symptoms of common headaches?

Though all headaches cause pain, the type, severity, location, and frequency of your pain differs in each headache type. Here are two examples:

Tension headaches

Tension headaches, the most common type, cause moderate pain and pressure around your head.

Migraine headaches

Migraines cause severe pain that starts around one temple and may spread to the other side. Your pain lasts at least four hours (without treatment), and during that time, you have additional symptoms like nausea, vomiting, and sensitivity to smells and lights.

What headaches do chiropractors treat?

Your head and neck share a vast network of nerves, blood vessels, and muscles — structures that cause many headaches. Spinal manipulation relieves pressure on nerves and blood vessels and relaxes muscles, relieving migraines, tension headaches, and headaches caused by neck problems and injuries.

If you suffer from migraines, you should know that chiropractic techniques work as well as medications, allowing you to get relief without worrying about side effects. Spinal manipulation may also decrease or stop future migraines.

How do chiropractors treat headaches?

After Dr. Henze evaluates your overall health and learns about your headaches (when they begin, how often they occur, and your exact symptoms), he draws from numerous possible chiropractic techniques and therapies to create a personalized treatment plan.

Gentle spinal manipulation relieves and prevents headaches caused by misaligned vertebrae, pinched nerves, and tight muscles. Your headache treatment may also include one or many possible therapies, such as:

  • Cervical mobilization
  • Spinal decompression
  • Activator method®
  • Trigger point therapy
  • Laser therapy
  • Therapeutic massage
  • Nutritional counseling
  • Relaxation techniques
  • Stress management
  • Identifying and eliminating headache triggers

Dr. Henze also takes a whole-person approach, identifying lifestyle habits that may contribute to your headaches. For example, you may have neck strain from spending too much time with your head bent while using electronics.

Call Henze Chiropractic & Wellness or book an appointment online today to get long-lasting relief from headaches.