So many people suffer from some type of head pain but few have determined the root cause to help them know what precautionary measures they could take to prevent future pain.

Tension Headaches are the most common type of headaches among adults, and least severe. They are uncomfortable but don’t typically impact a person’s balance, vision, or strength. They can cause mild, moderate, or intense pain in the head, neck, and behind your eyes.

The Cause
There is no sole cause, but there are a number of factors that can impact on these headaches. Lack of sleep, posture, hunger, stress, and anxiety all have links to tension headaches. For those who suffer from these headaches regularly, these are factors that can be considered to help determine the cause, and help make improvements where necessary.

Treatment
Make changes in your diet if you’re not eating enough and getting proper nutrition. Change your sleep habits if you aren’t getting enough sleep. You can make changes where needed to see if the issue persists. If it does, contact your chiropractor, as your headache could be related to a misalignment of your spine or increased muscle tension.

Cluster Headaches are a shorter duration than tension headaches but typically more chronic. Cluster headaches are comparable to migraines but don’t last as long. They can be extremely painful and can occur daily. Indicators of a cluster headache are one-sided pain on either the left or right side of your head, and watering eyes or nasal congestion on that side of the face. These headaches are seasonal, so sufferers tend to have them at similar times each year. Because it is seasonal, cluster headaches can be associated incorrectly with allergies.

The Cause
The cause is up for debate, but it is known that the trigeminal nerve, a nerve in the face, is involved.

Treatment
Chiropractic care is a great option for nerve pain treatment. Pain that is caused by the trigeminal nerve is sometimes related to misalignment in the cervical region of the spine, where the nerve connects. Proper alignment of that region of the spine can help prevent many instances of future cluster headaches if misalignment was the cause of the pain.

Migraines are recurring headaches that cause moderate to severe pain. They are not only painful but practically debilitating. They are frequently confused with tension headaches but they differ in terms of pain intensity and symptoms. Pain can be throbbing or pulsing and can be on one side of the head, though not in every instance. Symptoms include temporary vision loss, vomiting, pain in temples, and sensitivity to light and/or sound.

The Cause
Migraines and tension headaches are similar in how they are caused. Diet, sleep habits, stress, and muscular tension in the neck can impact their likelihood.

Treatment
To help prevent a future migraine, consider making alterations in your diet, sleep habits, and stress management. If improvements don’t happen, consult a doctor. Other measures of prevention include chiropractic adjustments, which relieve muscle tension in the neck. You can also use pain killers, but be aware the overuse of pain killers can lead to other health problems or the onset of rebound headaches.

Sinus Headaches may feel like an infection in the sinuses. They can cause pressure around your eyes, forehead, and cheeks. Your head may also throb. Regardless of the cause, sinus headache symptoms include pain, pressure, and fullness in brow, forehead, or cheeks. It can cause fatigue, stuffy nose, an achy feeling in your upper teeth, and/or the pain worsening when bending forward or lying down.

The Cause
Sinus headaches are a result of inflamed sinuses and often are joined by a runny nose, fever, or swelling in the face. If inflammation is the result of illness, sinus headaches aren’t generally chronic and subdue when inflammation has been alleviated.

Treatment
If the problem is nasal congestion, nasal decongestants are often helpful in these instances. It may make more sense to consider taking antihistamines or antibiotics if it is an infection. For non-medical treatments, saltwater nasal spray, a dehumidifier, and considerable amounts of fluid.

Rebound Headaches. When a pain reliever wears off, your body may have a withdrawal reaction. When you take more medication, it can cause daily headaches with more severe pain more often. There are also pain killers with caffeine in them, which, while it can be helpful, can also make you more likely to have a rebound headache. Overusing pain relievers can lead to addiction, intense pain when the medication wears off, and other side effects.

The cause
Rebound headaches often result from overusing painkillers. Prescription drugs such as Tylenol, Advil, and Motrin are known to cause rebound headaches if they are overused, likely as a form of withdrawal.

Treatment
These headaches can be avoided by monitoring the use of painkillers.

Chiropractic care isn’t necessarily an option for treating every type of headache, but it is still a great option to help prevent future headaches. Regular adjustments can help patients maintain proper spinal health and slow or stagnant muscle tension buildup. Chiropractors can also provide patients with exercises they can perform on their own, and give helpful tips on practicing better posture.

Call Cross Valley Chiropractic today if you need treatment for your headaches at (570) 822-4848.