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Your Doylestown Chiropractor Discusses The Different Causes and Types of Headaches

There are millions of people in each country throughout the world who suffer from headaches, making them one of the world’s most common health complaints. But it is good to note that most of these conditions are actually easily treated.

Headache, or medically called cephalalgia is actually a continuous pain that one experiences in the head. Pains can be felt anywhere in the neck or head and since brain does not really have pain receptors, a headache is not felt within the brain. Such pain is actually caused by the disturbances of the structures around one’s brain that are sensitive to pain.
Most cases of headaches are not really serious and they can always be treated with various remedies as well as changes in one’s lifestyle like getting enough rest and having enough fluids in the body. Other beneficial headache treatment is chiropractic, massage therapy and even acupuncture. Headaches have various causes, but they can just generally be broken down into two different types:
• Primary Headaches – these are not a cause of another underlying medical or health problem
Tension Headaches – these are the most common headaches that most people think as normal. Those who experience this may feel a dull pain with a constant pressure around the sides, top and front of the head. One of its main causes is stress.
Migraines – these are actually less common. Once a headache is recurrent as well as disabling to the point that it is affecting your daily life, this might be a migraine. People experience a throbbing or pounding pain on their head if they are suffering from migraine.
Cluster Headaches – these are tremendously painful headache that can cause great pain around your one eye. They are rare and may happen for just a month or two of the same year.
• Secondary headaches – these are those which have another separate cause like illness or other health issues.
Painkiller or medication headaches – this kind of headache is just a side effect of taking a certain medication. Frequent headaches may also happen due to taking too many painkillers.
Hormone headaches – these are mostly common to women and these headaches are mostly associated with their monthly periods.
Temporomandibular Joint Disorders – some headaches are one of the common symptoms of this condition. TJDs are affecting the joint between the base part of the skull and the lower jaw. As a matter of fact, it’s been estimated that nearly 20 to 30 percent of adult population will be experiencing TJD in their life.
Temporal Arteritis or Giant Cell Arteritis – this is a condition in which the large and medium arteries, mostly in the neck and head become inflamed. This mostly affects those adults with more than sixty years old.
Secondary headaches are also those that come on right after drinking too much alcohol and those headaches that one may experience after concussion or head injury. A person may also experience headache when they had a cold, sinusitis or flu. A person may also get a headache as an allergic reaction. Understanding the different types of causes of headaches can help you find the best solution to this health issue. To learn, call our office to schedule your evaluation and see if chiropractic is right for you.
McQuaite Chiropractic
295 Logan Street
Doylestown, PA 18901