Chiropractic Treatment for Headache
Headaches may be common, but they are not normal. No one is born with an Excedrin deficiency. Sadly, because headaches are so commonplace we begin to accept them as a part of life.
There are be many types of headaches and for each headache there are specific protocols for treatment. Your chiropractor is trained to distinguish the various types of headaches and formulate a specific treatment plan to help you.
At Innova Pain Clinic, Dr. Andrew White, has a great interest in helping headache sufferers manage their conditions and return to full activity.
Some of the more common types of headaches are:
Tension headaches: Also called chronic daily headaches or chronic non-progressive headaches, tension headaches are the most common type of headaches among adults and adolescents. These muscle contraction headaches cause mild to moderate pain and come and go over a prolonged period of time. These respond very favorably to chiropractic care. If you suffer from these headaches, you definitely need to be evaluated by a chiropractor.
Migraines: The exact causes of migraines are unknown, although they are related to blood vessel contractions of the brain. These types of headaches respond positively to chiropractic care. By reducing nerve irritation in the spine a chiropractor can help reduce the nerve reflex-spasm in the blood vessels. Migraine pain is often described as pounding, throbbing pain. They can last from four hours to three days and usually occur one to four times per month. Migraines are associated with symptoms such as sensitivity to light, noise, or odors; nausea or vomiting; loss of appetite; and stomach upset or abdominal pain. When a child is having a migraine they often look pale, feel dizzy, have blurred vision, fever, stomach upset, in addition to having the above listed symptoms.
A small percentage of pediatric migraines include recurrent (cyclic) gastrointestinal symptoms, in which vomiting is most common. Cyclic vomiting means that the symptoms occur on a regular basis — about once a month. These types of migraines are sometimes called abdominal migraines.
Mixed headache syndrome: Also called transformed migraines, this is a combination of migraine and tension headaches. Both adults and children experience this type of headache.
Cluster headaches: The least common — although the most severe — type of primary headache, the pain of a cluster headache is intense and may be described as having a burning or piercing quality that is throbbing or constant. The pain is so severe that most cluster headache sufferers cannot sit still and will often pace during an attack. The pain is located behind one eye or in the eye region, without changing sides. The term “cluster headache” refers to headaches that have a characteristic grouping of attacks. Cluster headaches occur one to three times per day during a cluster period, which may last two weeks to three months. The headaches may disappear completely (go into “remission”) for months or years, only to recur. The best treatment of cluster headaches is to breath pure oxygen for a short while.
Sinus headaches: Sinus headaches are associated with a deep and constant pain in the cheekbones, forehead, or bridge of the nose. The pain usually intensifies with sudden head movement or straining and usually occurs with other sinus symptoms, such as nasal discharge, feeling of fullness in the ears, fever, and facial swelling. These headaches also respond favorably to chiropractic care.
This is just a short list of the more common varieties of headaches. Rest assured that your headache will be taken seriously at Innova Pain Clinic.
Dr. Andrew White
Headache Chiropractor | St George UT