While there can be many causes of headaches, a common one we see is when the spinal bones of the upper neck no longer support the head properly.
This can do two things:
- Disrupt the nerve supply to your head
- Change the blood supply to your head
Either one, or a combination of both, can cause a headache.
Types of Headaches
Migraine Headaches usually show up on one side of the head. Nausea, vomiting and visual disturbances are commonly associated. Blood sugar changes, emotional disturbances, stress and fatigue can set them in motion.
Tension Headaches are the most common type of headache. Acute Tension Headaches are usually short and can be relieved with rest or numbed with over-the-counter medications. Chronic Tension Headaches rarely respond to drug solutions.
Hormonal Headaches are usually set in motion by changes in blood chemistry. This could result from eating certain types of foods, unusual levels of stress or monthly menstrual cycles.
Cluster Headaches are cited as the most painful. They usually occur more commonly amongst men.
Sinus Headaches are relatively rare and are accompanied by nasal drainage, runny nose and fever. Pain is often experienced on the face, forehead, behind the eyes and sinuses.
It’s been our experience that many types of headaches resolve with chiropractic care. This surprises many who overlook the relationship between the spine, the nervous system and blood supply to the head.