8 Jan 2019
8 Jan 2019
Did you know that there are many different types of headaches, besides a migraine and a “normal” headache?
The types span from tension headaches, migraines, cluster headaches, chronic daily headaches, exertional headaches, eyestrain headaches, hypertension headaches, post-traumatic headaches, TMJ headaches and many more!
The treatment for each type of headache is different so it is important to understand what type of headache you have.
Headaches can be classified based on their symptoms and how they can be treated.
The most common types of headaches include:
This is probably the most common type of headache to occur and what is usually considered a “normal” headache. Tension type headaches present with a dull non-throbbing pain, usually on both sides of the head and the feeling can usually be described as “tightness”.
These are often very responsive to treatment, in particular manual therapy like chiropractic care. The best treatment approach for these headaches is a combination of soft tissue therapy with mobilization to treat both the muscles (usually the upper trapezius, levator scapulae and suboccipitals) and joints involved.
There are two types of migraines: with and without auras. With auras means that there are warning signs that the migraine is coming on such as visual disturbances or numbness. Without auras mean that there are no warning signs. Migraines are usually only felt on one side of the head and present with a throbbing pain. Nausea, vomiting and sensitivity to sound and light usually accompany them.
These can be treated with medications, ice, diet changes, herbs, vitamins and chiropractic care.
These are a kind of bizarre headache that presents with excruciating pain around the eye which usually causes tearing of the eye and running of the nose. They last for up to several hours, and occur often and then can disappear for up to a year.
These types of headaches are sometimes misdiagnosed and are best treated with oxygen, nasal sprays or medication.
These are a “muscle contraction” type of headache with pain in the temples and in front of the ear. They are often associated with clicking of the jaw.
These are best treated with soft tissue work for the muscles of the jaw including masseter, temporalis and the pterygoid muscles as well as relaxation techniques. Many people are unaware that this is a condition that can be successfully treated through chiropractic care by very carful and light mobilization of the jaw.
There are only some of the many different types of headaches. If you have any questions or think you may have a headache that treatment options were not discussed for be sure to ask or sign up for a free consult to find out!
Dr. Shannon Bloch, DC
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