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Headache Q & A
by Ram Parikh, D.C.
Why do I have headaches?
A headache is pain felt in any part of the head that is experienced by people of all ages and backgrounds. In fact, headaches are one of the most common complaints of pain by people across the globe. The most common type of headache is a tension headache which is often associated with chronic stress or other lifestyle habits.
Headaches happen due to over-activity in certain regions of the brain or dysfunction in the brain’s pain receptors. Certain lifestyle factors may also contribute to your headaches such as changes in sleep patterns or insomnia, dietary changes, alcohol, and poor posture. In addition, some headaches are the result of an underlying medical condition such as high blood pressure or dehydration.
What’s the difference between headaches and migraines?
Many people mistakenly view headaches and migraines as two separate conditions. However, in truth, migraines are a type of headache. In addition to tension headaches, the most common types of headaches are cluster headaches, sinus headaches and migraines. Migraines are very intense headaches that generally only affect one side of the head. Pain may throb constantly and interfere with your ability to function. Migraines may also include symptoms like seeing spots, having sensitivity to light or sound, feeling nauseous, experiencing pain behind one of your eyes or ears, and vomiting.
If you suffer from debilitating headaches or migraines that don’t go away with over-the-counter pain relief, you might consider chiropractic care from Discover Wellness Center. You should not accept headaches as a part of your life. You can receive effective and long-lasting treatment for headaches.
What can I expect from headache treatment?
If you think of a headache as an indicator that something is off with your body, then the job of your chiropractor is to identify the source problem and bring the body’s nervous system back into balance. Dr. Parikh customizes headache treatment depending on the exact cause of pain. In most cases, patients will benefit from chiropractic adjustments that correct misalignment and promote healing. Lifestyle and dietary changes are also suggested. We also use cold laser therapy to increase circulation, decrease pain and regrow cartilage. Trigenics can be used to lengthen and strengthen muscles.