Understanding Different Types of Headaches

September 28, 2023

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Headaches are a common complaint we encounter at ProActive Health, and as your trusted Mishawaka chiropractor, we believe it's essential to differentiate between the various types of headaches to offer the most effective treatment. While many people might regard a headache as just a minor inconvenience, the reality is that they can significantly impact one's quality of life. By understanding the different headache types, we're better equipped to pinpoint potential causes and offer tailored chiropractic care.

1. Tension-Type Headaches

The most common type of headache, tension-type headaches, are characterized by a dull, aching sensation across the forehead or at the back of the head. They can be likened to a tight band squeezing around the head. Often, these headaches result from muscle contractions in the head and neck regions. Stress, anxiety, and poor posture are frequent triggers. At ProActive Health, our chiropractor team often assists with these headaches by focusing on spinal adjustments and relaxation techniques to alleviate tension.

2. Migraines

Migraines are a severe type of headache, presenting with pulsating, throbbing pain that can last anywhere from hours to days. Accompanied by symptoms like sensitivity to light, nausea, or even visual disturbances, migraines can be debilitating. Some research suggests that spinal misalignments, particularly in the neck, can influence the onset and severity of migraines. Regular adjustments by a chiropractor might help reduce the frequency and intensity of migraines.

3. Cluster Headaches

Often described as piercing or burning, cluster headaches typically occur on one side of the head, particularly around the eye. These headaches are short-lived, lasting from 15 minutes to three hours, but are incredibly intense. While the exact cause remains unknown, there's some evidence that chiropractic care can help manage symptoms and reduce the frequency of cluster headache episodes.

4. Sinus Headaches

Sinus headaches result from inflammation of the sinuses, often due to an infection or an allergic reaction. Patients describe these as a deep, constant pain in the cheekbones, forehead, or bridge of the nose. While they are primarily treated with medication, chiropractic adjustments can support better sinus drainage and offer relief from these headaches.

5. Rebound Headaches

Ironically, overusing headache medication can lead to more headaches, known as rebound headaches. They are a result of the body's withdrawal from the medication, presenting a dull, tension-type pain that can persist for days. Chiropractic care offers a drug-free approach, addressing the root cause of the headache rather than merely masking symptoms.

6. Cervicogenic Headaches

These headaches stem from issues in the neck and cervical spine. The pain starts in the neck and radiates towards the front of the head. At ProActive Health we have the expertise to identify and treat these headaches, focusing on realigning the cervical spine to mitigate pain and discomfort.

Incorporating Chiropractic Care for Headache Relief

Understanding your headache type is the first step in seeking appropriate treatment. At ProActive Health, your trusted Mishawaka chiropractor, we emphasize a holistic approach, assessing the overall health and lifestyle of our patients. Through chiropractic adjustments, posture correction, nutritional advice, and stress management techniques, we offer tailored solutions that address the underlying causes of your headache.

Headaches can severely impede your daily routine and well-being. Instead of constantly reaching out for over-the-counter pain relief, consider the drug-free, natural approach offered by chiropractic care. At ProActive Health, we're dedicated to helping you achieve optimal health, offering comprehensive care that goes beyond mere symptom relief.

Visit us at ProActive Health today to “Align Your Spine, Realign Your Life!”

Ready to see a chiropractor, whether for the first time or as someone looking to visit a new chiropractic office? Dr. Doug Patterson or Dr. Michael Hummer at ProActive Health is the top choice in the Michiana area! They will help guide you in developing a plan to tackle a routine exercise plan, consuming the right foods, and targeting your goals with chiropractic care.

Dr. Doug Patterson hurt his back in 1993 thus he first sought the care of a Chiropractor. After this experience, he decided he wanted to help people himself by pursuing chiropractic. He is a 1997 graduate of the Life University College of Chiropractic in Marietta, Georgia, and has been in practice for 25+ years. Since then, Dr. Doug has expanded his field of practice to include functional medicine,  science-based nutrition, and now certified in Shockwave Therapy. Schedule a visit with Dr. Doug at ProActive Health today!

Dr. Michael Hummer is native to northern Indiana. He grew up very active and found great enjoyment playing football, rugby, and wrestling. Dr. Mike earned his undergraduate degree in Dietetics at Ashland University where as a student-athlete he was a member of the varsity wrestling team. After graduation, he went on to become a personal trainer, and through his passion for both fitness and nutrition, he helped people to achieve their own goals and acquire greater health and wellness. At the same time, he also enjoyed working with and inspiring the local youth throughout his community through his dedication as a volunteer wrestling coach. Now Dr. Mike is excited to apply his education from Logan University and versatile skill set in aiding the community as they strive for greater health and happiness. Dr. Mike is also certified in Shockwave Therapy.. Schedule a visit with Dr. Mike at ProActive Health today!

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