Most people will suffer from headaches at some point in their lives. In my headache series of blog posts I have looked at several of the common headaches types and discussed what differentiates them from each other. In this post I wanted to share a video I made that shows several key things you can do at home to help ease the discomfort of headaches.
The second common type of headache we are going to look at is the classic tension-type headache.
Tension headaches are commonly referred to as stress headaches. They can be periodic or can be more constant in nature. People often describe them as a mild to moderate, constant band-like tightness, or pressure around the forehead or back of the head and neck. They can last a few minutes or can last days. People don't often get the visual changes that other headache types can create. How do you stop them?
In the next few blog posts I will look at some of the more common types of headaches that I see in practice. The first being the cervicogenic headache. Basically, these are headaches that originate in the neck and there is referred pain into the head. They call this a secondary headache as it arises secondary to another problem. How can a problem in the neck cause a headache you may ask? continue reading to find out.
Did you know that there are over 150 different types of headaches? Headaches are classified according to the International Classification of Headache Disorders (ICHD -3). This 3rd edition was published in 2018 (For those that are interested, you can see it here). The ICHD-3 breaks headaches down into 3 main classifications; Primary, Secondary and Neuropathies & Facial Pains & other headaches. In this post I will briefly explain what these are and in future posts will look at some of the more common types of headaches. Keep reading to find out.
Headaches are an extremely common occurrence in many people. The severity ranges from an annoyance to debilitating pain. They can also be short lived or last hours to days. People often think of headaches as a ‘normal’ thing. When inquiring about headaches during our initial assessments I often get the response of “I get the odd normal headache” or “I get the usual headaches”. This is an interesting response to me because headaches are not normal, you do not have to put up with headaches. In a lot of cases, they can be dealt with reasonably easily. Chiropractic care can be an effective approach to helping with headaches. In this first post of our headache series I have a short whiteboard video showing how chiropractic can help with headaches and some of the research that shows how effective chiropractic care can be.
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