Are headaches stopping or limiting the quality of your life? Do you suffer with headaches? Do you have someone close to you that is suffering? You are not alone. Approximately 45 million Americans complain of headaches each year. That breaks down to 1 out of every 6 people. Knowledge is the first step to taking your health back. So, lets break down the 5 most common headaches, causes, treatments, and cures we know about at our Fort Lauderdale, FL location.
1. Tension Headaches
The most common headache is a tension headache. This type of headache does not throb; however, it is a dull aching feeling all over your head. Also associated with tension headaches is muscle aches around the neck, shoulders, head and scalp. These headaches are most commonly triggered from stress. Usually an over the counter medication will alleviate the pain. With chronic tension headaches techniques to reduce stress would benefit greatly as continued over the counter medications are extremely harmful to your stomach, liver and spleen.
2. Vascular Headaches
The next headache that is a common complaint is a vascular headache. This is most definitely a throbbing pain within your head and sometimes behind the eyes or temple area. A common form of over the counter treatment is ibuprofen (which in addition to being a pain reliever is also an anti-inflammatory medication). In my experience as a Chiropractor a main cause of vascular headaches is really a neck issue. Two arteries that run through the bones of your neck supply 40% of the blood flow to your brain. If the bones within the neck are not in their proper positions it is likely that those arteries will be compressed which will affect the amount of blood to your brain causing irregularity. A Chiropractic x-ray would be able to determine if this is a possible solution for chronic vascular headaches.
Vascular headaches are commonly a lead up to our next type of headaches: Migraines. When a vascular headache escalades and becomes more severe you will experience some or all of these symptoms: sensitivity to light and sound, nausea, and vomiting. During the transition from a vascular headache to a migraine 1 out of 5 people will experience auras (flashing lights, stars, or blind spots in their vision) or just a general sense of a vail or heaviness coming over you. These types of headaches can be very debilitating for hours or even days at a time. Even though there are medications out there that can curb the pain associated with a migraine occurrence, they are somewhat damaging to your body as well with sometimes significant side effects of their own. Prevention is key when it comes to these types of headaches. Again, a Chiropractic x-ray would be able to determine if Chiropractic could help manage or prevent migraines.
4. Allergy/Sinus Headache
Allergy or sinus headaches appear to be the most chronic of all headaches. People with seasonal flare ups of allergies or sinusitis will experience a build up and a thickening of the nasal mucus. This pressure causes pain in the front of your head in and around your eyes and forehead. Treatment to thin the nasal mucus generally helps.
5. Hormonal Headaches
Finally, and one of the most misdiagnosed forms of headaches are the hormonal headache. Women more than men will experience headaches associated with changes in estrogen levels. More often than not this could happen during puberty, pregnancy, or menopause. These headaches will feel much like that of a migraine. Therefore, if you suspect that you are experiencing hormonal headaches and your labs all come back within normal range for estrogen levels, seek out the assistance of a Chiropractor to take an x-ray to determine if you are in fact experiencing classic migraines.
In conclusion, prevention is key when it comes to this nagging pain in your head. Make sure you are eating a well balanced diet with little to no caffeine, sugar, or carbs. Increase your activity levels if you have a sedentary lifestyle. Hydrate your body with lots (at least a gallon a day) of water. If by adding these healthy staples into your daily routine you do not notice a difference, seek the help of a qualified corrective care Chiropractor in Fort Lauderdale, FL for a full evaluation. Getting to the root cause of the problem is so much better than covering the symptoms up with dangerous medications.