Migraines and headaches are the most common issues our chiropractor in Boca Raton treats. There are several different reasons many experience headaches, but chiropractors have found that many of the different types of headaches are related to problems in the neck, while a migraine is generally vascular related. Headaches pain can range from being a mere inconvenience to debilitating. Finding out whether you are experiencing migraines or headaches as early as possible may help to minimize the risk of future headaches or migraines.
What is the Difference Between a Migraine and a Headache?
A headache is a discomfort in the head that causes pain and pressure with a pain that can range in intensity from mild to severe and generally is felt on both sides of the head. A headache may occur in specific areas of the head, such as the forehead, temples or back of your head and can last anywhere from an hour to a week or longer. Tension headaches are the most common and are triggered by stress, muscle strain or anxiety. Other types of headaches may include:
- Cluster headaches, which refer to cycles of headaches followed by periods of being headache free
- Sinus headaches, which are often confused with a migraine, generally co-occur with sinus infections
A migraine differs from a headache in several ways, including the pain being centered on one side of the head instead of both, which is typical for headaches. Migraine pain typically starts as a dull, tightening throb, and then intensifies into concentrated and severe pain. They are often the result of the blood vessels in the head being dilated and constricted. There are a number of reasons for the cause of migraines, including an imbalance in diet or heredity. The symptoms of a migraine include:
- Temporary vision loss
- Pain behind one eye or one ear
- Nausea and vomiting
- Pain in the temples
- Sensitivity to light and sound
- Seeing white spots or flashing lights
Chiropractic Treatment for Headaches and Migraines
Understanding when/how the headaches started will help our chiropractor decide on the type of treatment plan best suited for you and to manage the pain. If your headaches typically begin after working at a computer, your headaches may be caused by the straining of your neck. Chiropractic treatments for headaches and migraines often include soft tissue therapy, adjustments, posture correction exercises, corticosteroid injections and/or recommendations for lifestyle changes.
Contact Boca Health & Wellness Center Today
To learn more information about how chiropractic care can help relieve the pain of your headaches or migraines, contact Boca Health & Wellness Center. Schedule an appointment today for chiropractic treatment for your headaches by calling (561) 447-2228.