Headaches are one of the most common problems people are suffering with today. The pain from headaches can be chronic, meaning they happen at least 15 days in a month. They may also appear irregularly. Let’s take a look at the many different types of headaches and what you can do about them, including a specialized headache chiropractic adjustment.

Headache Types and Their Symptoms

Migraines

It is arguably the most feared and well-known of all headaches and the reason many go looking for a headache chiropractic adjustment. At least 39 million people in the United States experience migraines. Most of them are women. Migraines are due to the inflammation of the arteries and blood vessels in the brain. The nervous system is involved when it comes to migraines. 

Migraineurs experience throbbing and pounding headaches, frequently on only one side of the head. In most cases, you can feel it in the temple area. Migraines can last for four hours or up to three days. Some may have auras, the neurological disturbances like flashes of light. Auras give you a warning that a migraine is about to set in. Common symptoms of migraines include dizziness, vomiting, nausea, and sensitivity to sound and light.

Eye Strain Headaches 

Eye strain happens in people who frequently spend a lot of time in front of their TVs, computers, or other types of screens. Often, you sit for prolonged periods doing so, and this can be a bad thing because it can mess with your posture and eye health. To combat this, you can use anti-glare or anti-radiation glasses to protect your eyes. Also, when you are already having headaches from eye strain, you can use tinted glasses or sunglasses to prevent it from worsening.

Cluster Headaches

Fortunately, this type of excruciating headache doesn’t happen quite often. It usually lasts for about an hour. The term cluster refers to its occurrence, not on its location. Meaning, it happens for several days, weeks, or even months in succession. After you reach the end of its cluster attack, they frequently disappear for many months or even years.

The hypothalamus is a brain component that manages the autonomic nervous system and regulates your sleep, hormones, breathing, and related automatic body processes. When a cluster headache hits, the hypothalamus becomes active. When the hypothalamus is activated, it can stimulate a nerve pathway that causes pain in the eyes. Also, the blood vessels in the brain would swell. Thus, it would lead to a squeezing sensation or cluster headaches.

Do your best to avoid smoking and alcohol. Doing so will give you a better chance of avoiding excruciating cluster headaches. Another way to relieve pain would be to breathe pressurized oxygen through a mask for several minutes. Oxygen therapy is useful in making your blood vessels shrink and also reduce your pain levels.

Sinus Headaches

Imagine this scenario. Spring is here, and everything is blooming all around. The bees and the birds are buzzing on flowers and fruits while children play outside in the meadows. They are happy. However, you are not!

You suffer from excessive wheezing, sneezing, blowing your nose, and wiping your eyes. Then, you feel intense pressure in the sinuses as if your face is about to blow up. You realize that your headache is probably not going away soon. Why is this happening to you?

A change in seasons and an increase in allergens in the air, especially during spring and summer, can do this to you. It can inflame the sinuses. As a result, this would give you fever, pain, runny nose, and sensitivity in the front area of the head and also your face. 

For temporary and quick relief, use a saline nasal spray. A humidifier can also help reduce the swelling in your sinus cavities. In addition, some allergy medication may help. It would be great to find the underlying cause of your sinus headaches so you can enjoy long-lasting relief.

Tension Headaches

These headaches are quite common. They differ in frequency and severity.  Some individuals suffer from daily pain, while others only experience irregularly occurring mild aches. Out of every ten people, seven of them will get a tension headache at some point. 

Tension headaches would feel as if a vice is surrounding and gripping your head, slowly squeezing it. You will feel tightness in the shoulders and neck. Also, you may experience light and sound sensitivity. As the name suggests, stress and anxiety can trigger these headaches. Therefore, relaxation techniques will help. Try meditation, tai chi, or yoga to relieve your stress.

NUCCA Eases Many Types of Headaches Naturally

Case studies have shown a link between a misalignment in the topmost vertebrae of the upper cervical spine and headaches of various types. There can be other reasons for causing many headaches. However, in so many cases, it involves a misalignment of the atlas (C1) vertebra. This particular bone often shifts out of position. Car accidents, sporting injuries, physical blows to the neck or head, and even simple trips, slips, slides, and falls can misalign the atlas bone.

If a misalignment occurs, it negatively affects the brainstem causing it to malfunction. Thus, it impacts blood and cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) flow into and out of the brain. As a result, various types of headaches can develop. NUCCA technique concentrates on detecting misalignment of the atlas. If misalignment exists, NUCCA doctors establish a care plan custom-tailored to each patient’s specific needs. We make a highly precise, gentle, and non-invasive correction or, as some would say, a headache chiropractic adjustment. We align the head and neck and encourage the bones to move back into their proper positions. Numerous patients improved their headaches and enjoyed lasting relief from pain and other similar health issues, thanks to NUCCA.