Tension Headaches and Migraines

headaches and migraines
Believe it or not, there are over 120 different types of headaches. Among all types, Tension and Migraine headaches are the most common.


Tension Headaches:

Tension Headaches are one of the most common forms of headaches. They can occur at any age, but are most common in adults. They may be triggered by or get worse with stress, fatigue, noise or glare.


Most people describe the pain as:
• Dull and pressure-like (not throbbing)
• A feeling of tightness or dull ache around the head or behind the eyes
• Aching all over the head, not just in one spot
• Worse in the scalp, temples, or back of the neck


The pain brought by it can occur as an isolated event, constantly or daily and may last from 30 minutes to 7 days. Depending on severity, tension headaches can affect concentration, mood and cause nausea.


headaches and migraines - what is the difference


Migraine Headaches:

Migraine can be best described as an intense headache that has a throbbing pulsating nature. Unlike tension headaches, the pain from migraines usually happens on one side and not all over the head.


Some of its severe symptoms are:
• Visual disturbances (blind spots, flashing lights, stars, or squiggly lines)
• May include a feeling of spinning (vertigo)
• Nausea and vomiting
• Sensitivity to light, sound and smells


These symptoms will vary from person to person and individuals may have different symptoms during different attacks. Your attacks may also differ in length and frequency, though oftentimes these bring severe pain. This the reason why most patients who are experiencing migraine attacks are required to lie still for several hours.


What Causes these Types of Headaches?

Nerve irritation is the leading cause of headache pain for many sufferers. Nerve irritation usually happen when our spine becomes subluxated or when one or more of the bones of your spine move out of position. Any activity that causes the head, neck and spine to be held in a poor position for a long time can cause irritation in the nerves that will likely result to headaches.


Such activities include:
• working at a computer
• watching television
• using cell phones and tablets


Chiropractic for Tension Headaches and Migraines

A 2001 report released by researchers at the Duke University Evidence-Based Practice Center in North Carolina, found that “spinal adjustments resulted in immediate improvement for those headaches that originate in the neck, and had significantly fewer side effects and longer-lasting relief of migraines than commonly prescribed medications.”


Once we detect that you have subluxations, our chiropractors will then use highly skilled, gentle adjustments to safely correct your spine and restore it back to its original, healthy position. Expect professional, up-to-date dedicated care with plenty of education and helpful advice. You can check out below this amazing testimony from one of our patients.

To discuss your Headaches or Migraines and arrange an appointment please contact one of our clinics today!