Migraine and Tension Headaches
Do you suffer from headaches? You are not alone. In the U.S., headaches result in more than 8 million doctor visits annually and affect an estimated 45 million people. Although most people will have just a few episodes a year, there are many who deal with chronic headaches, such as migraines and tension headaches.
Types of Headaches
There are two basic categories of headaches; (1) Primary Headaches, which includes tension headaches, migraines and cluster headaches, as well as general headaches, and (2) Secondary Headaches, which are the result of some other underlying medical condition. Many people develop secondary headaches after experiencing some form of head trauma, but they can also occur in those who have psychiatric disorders, nerve disorders, high blood pressure, and other medical conditions.
The most common primary headaches include:
Tension Headaches – Often triggered by stress, anxiety or fatigue, but can also be caused by muscle tension resulting from lack of sleep, poor posture and other factors. Approximately 3% of Americans suffer from chronic tension headaches.
Migraines – Resulting in an estimated 157 million missed work days, this type of headache can be triggered by strong smells, lights, hormones, low blood sugar, and other everyday things. Women are three times more likely to get migraines than men.
Symptoms can vary based on the type of headache you are experiencing, but may include:
➟ Pain in the front, top or sides of your head
➟ Mild to moderate pain when you wake up
➟ Sensitivity to light, odors or sound
➟ Blurry vision
➟ Upset stomach or nausea
➟ Blind spots or flashing dots
➟ Throbbing or pounding pain
➟ Pain behind or in one eye
Treatment for Headaches
There are a variety of triggers and causes for headaches, many of which are still not completely understood. At Jacksonville Sport & Spine, however, we have been successful in effectively treating headaches using a variety of soft tissue and chiropractic techniques. Our physicians can help you alleviate the tension and pressure that is associated with most types of headaches. If you suffer from frequent tension headaches or migraines, and are tired of living in pain, contact our office and schedule a consultation today!