Headaches are painful and can disturb your daily routine. They come in many forms such as migraines, tension headaches, sinus headaches, and cluster headaches. Though each has its own set of symptoms the one commonality between all is, tremendous pain. A Chiropractor / Acupuncturist can help manage and alleviate symptoms of Migraines, Cluster headaches, Tension headaches and Sinus headaches, using different Chiropractic / Acupuncture techniques.
Migraines: Migraine headaches are typically the most painful, and the most likely to be a recurring problem. Often described as a throbbing or pounding pain that affects the whole head, or can be localized to either side, the pain is often described as moderate to severe in intensity. Some symptoms of Migraines include:
- Sensitivity to light or sound
- Visual auras
- Blurred vision
- Loss of appetite
- Nausea, such as vomiting, abdominal pain, or upset stomach
Migraines usually last anywhere from a few hours to a few days and can be devastating. A Chiropractor /Acupuncturist can help reduce the frequency of attacks and intensity, with the help of spinal manipulation that has proven to reduce migraines, without the side effects of medications.
Cluster headaches: Typically, cluster headaches affect men more than women and occur in cycles. These recurring headaches are characterized by debilitating pain localized on one side of the head, and can be accompanied by nasal congestion or watery eyes. Most People suffering from cluster headaches tend to feel restless and are unable to relax. The onset of cluster headaches is sudden and severe, worrying the patient with ocular pressure. Some symptoms of cluster headaches are:
- Droopy or swollen eyelids on the affected side
- Pallor or flushing of the face
- Redness of the eye
- Severe pain, especially around the eye
- Stuffy or runny nose
During a bout of a cluster headache, a patient may experience headaches lasting between 15 minutes to 3 hours, at the same time each day in the attack period. The pain vanishes as quickly as it appears leaving the sufferer exhausted.
We at Maple Chiropractor & Acupuncture Clinic can help manage cluster headaches with proper upper cervical alignment that can help reduce the onset of cluster headaches, as it allows the occipital nerve to function normally.
Tension headaches: Tension headaches are normally described as feeling like having a tight band around the head, causing mild to moderate pain. The pain occurs gradually and is localized to the front, top or sides of the head with some sufferers experiencing headaches for a long period of time. While the headaches are always present they vary in intensity. The symptoms of Tension headaches are :
- Difficulty in sleeping
- Muscle aches
- Poor or disturbed concentration
- Some amount of sensitivity to noises or light
The pain associated with tension headaches can last anywhere from 30 minutes to a few days. Some believe that tension headaches may have a root cause in contractions of the muscles of the neck and scalp, or possible changes in brain chemicals.
Chiropractic adjustments help address muscle tension in the region with great success rates for tension headache sufferers.
Sinus headaches: Sinus headaches are normally caused by sinusitis – an inflammation or infection of the tissues of the sinus cavities. Sinusitis can be chronic or acute, with the later lasting for about 3-4weeks, while the former can last for more than 8 weeks. Symptoms of sinusitis and sinus headaches include:
- A fullness in the ears
- Facial congestion
- Nasal discharge and congestion
- Pain in the forehead, nasal bridge or cheekbones
Pain associated with sinus headaches normally feels intense and constant. We can help you deal with it by trigger point therapy, manipulation, nasal specific and other treatments that we will discuss in depth with you during your consultation. The right combination of therapies can help alleviate sinus pain and any sinus related headaches you may be experiencing.