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Nearly everyone experiences headaches now and then. Some people feel pain only in one section of the head, while others experience pounding through the entire head. Some develop nausea, while others do not. The quality of the pain may be sharp or dull, and the headache may last for minutes or days. For some people, headaches can be extremely debilitating, frequent, and life limiting.
There are multiple types of headaches:
Tension headaches: Tension headaches are by far the most common type, accounting for more than 75% of all headaches. A tension headache typically causes a dull, achy feeling around the head or behind the eyes. Tension headaches come on slowly, often in the afternoon or evening, and can last from half an hour to several days. They can also become chronic. Tension headaches are often linked to emotional stress, which can cause muscle contractions, as well as poor posture that puts stress on the neck muscles and cervical spine.
Migraine headaches: Roughly 25 million people in the United States suffer from migraines, and three-quarters of them are women. Migraines are extremely intense, throbbing, debilitating headaches that typically cause sensitivity to light and sound and may be associated with nausea. They can last for a few hours to a few days, and many sufferers report visual disturbances shortly before a migraine begins.
Migraines may have a genetic component, and most sufferers have their first attack before the age of 30. They are caused by a constriction in the brain’s blood vessels followed by a dilation. The rapid increase in blood pressure in the head causes the pain.
Cluster headaches: Cluster headaches are typically very short-lived, but they can cause excruciating pain. They affect roughly 1 million people in the United States and are more common in men. They are also most likely to happen at night. They tend to occur a few times a day for several days in a row and then disappear for months or years. Cluster headaches, like migraines, are thought to be related to localized blood pressure increase in the brain.
Chiropractic care for headaches typically focuses on releasing four trigger points:
Splenius muscles: There are two separate splenius muscles, the splenius capitis, which runs from the upper back to the base of the skull, and the splenius cervicis, which runs from the upper back to the upper cervical vertebra. These trigger points cause headaches that travel to the back of the eye or the back of the head.
Suboccipital muscles: This is a group of four small muscles between the first cervical vertebra and the base of the skull. These headaches feel like the pain is in one or both sides of the head, from the forehead to the eye to the back of the head.
Sternocleidomastoid (SCM) muscle: This muscle runs from the base of the skull behind the ear and down the neck to the top of the sternum. SCM trigger points can cause deep eye pain, headaches just above the eye, and even earaches. They can also cause visual disturbances, balance issues, and nausea.
Trapezius muscle: The large, flat muscle along the upper and middle back, the trapezius muscle has a common trigger point at its top. These headaches are located in the temple, the back of the head, and even the jaws and teeth.
If you are ready for long-lasting relief from your headache pain, call Optimum Wellness Solutions today at 972-671-2225 to learn more or schedule your first visit.