The most important thing you need to know about headaches are that even though they are common, they’re not normal!
Symptoms of headaches include a dull throbbing pain to intense aching, usually in the forehead, temples or at the back base of your head.
The three main types of headaches include:
Migraines are intense throbbing pains that usually occur on one side of your head. They can last for days and are usually strongest in the morning.
Other symptoms may include:
- Light sensitivity
- Noise sensitivity
- Tension in your upper body
Alcohol and certain medications can worsen the condition as well as oversleeping and pressure on the middle of your back.
If migraines are ignored, they generally worsen over time and last for longer frequencies. You may even begin to feel pain in your shoulders and upper back.
- Sub Occipital Headaches
Sub Occipital Headaches are a dull pain that travels from the back of the neck to the side of your head and sometimes into the back of the eyes.
Other symptoms of sub occipital headaches include:
- Difficulty concentrating
- Light headedness
These headaches are usually a result of multiple factors. One factor may be due to a misalignment in the vertebrae in the neck. Another factor may be too much stress to the muscles which control the turning and tilting of your head.
It may be the height of your pillow, holding a phone in between your ear and shoulder, holding your head up with your arms while reading or watching television as well as trauma.
If ignored, increased strain on your neck will increase the frequency of your headaches.
- Tension Headaches
Tension Headaches can feel like the muscles in your upper back, neck and head have tightened. Tension headaches often begin in the afternoon and continue throughout the day, they are usually more noticeable on stressful days and can sometimes be felt in the shoulder muscles too.
Overuse of computers along with bad posture and stress can cause the onset of tension headaches.
If ignored, the tension from your head and neck can travel down your arms giving you the sensation of pins and needles or numbness.
- How Gordon Chiropractic Can Help?
We recommend plenty of hydration to help relieve the intensity of your headache. However it’s important to determine the cause of your headache in order to treat the problem not just the symptom.
After a thorough discussion about the history and triggers of your headache we will also perform an assessment on your spine.
Often headaches are the result of an underlying vertebral alignment issue, therefore treating just the symptom won’t stop it from reoccurring.