What Causes Headaches?
Before talking about headache relief, let's talk about its causes. Almost everyone experiences headaches at some point in their lives. Most mild headaches are temporary and aren’t a cause for concern, as they will go away on their own or resolve with self-care. However, long-lasting or recurrent headaches that appear without reason can be signs of underlying conditions, and you should consult a professional as soon as possible for headache relief.
Tension and Cervicogenic Headaches
Tension headaches are the most common and are usually caused by stress on the postural muscles or general fatigue. Symptoms include pain around the head or temples, above the scalp, at the base of the skull, or neck tightness. Tension headaches, also called primary headaches, do not show other symptoms. Cervicogenic headaches usually occur when areas of the cervical spine become affected, causing muscular tension and trapped nerves. Pain signals from the head and neck can spread to the frontal or temporal areas, leading to perceived teeth, ocular, or sinus pain.
Migraine headaches are usually more severe and can last from a few hours to several days. They are accompanied by symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, increased sensitivity to light and sound, numbness or coldness in the hands, and tremors. In some cases, aura perceptions of jagged lines or flashing lights before the eyes, strange odours, difficulty speaking, or numbness, can occur before a migraine attack. You'll need migraine relief immediately if you experience any of these symptoms. A migraine is usually termed a secondary headache due to the presence of underlying conditions. For example, nerve and blood vessel disorders in the brain can provide severe pain. Nevertheless, external factors, extremely debilitating, can trigger recurring migraines.
Why Consult Orewa Chiropractic for Headache Relief?
Over 90% of the time, headaches arise due to tensional or spinal problems. Certain cervicogenic and tension headaches caused by malalignment or strain can be fixed with regular chiropractic adjustment, which alleviates stress on the nervous system. In some cases, frequent migraines can also be relieved with spinal adjustments. Consult a professional chiropractic practitioner for more information and advice on exercises and tips for reducing the frequency of headaches. At Orewa Chiropractic, we use a patient-centred approach to treatment. We personalise our treatment according to your specific condition. Our highly experienced team uses an extensive range of methods to evaluate your situation. We will formulate a tailored treatment plan to relieve pain and tightness. We also maintain good relationships with other health professionals, such as neurologists and pain specialists, so we can provide referrals if necessary. Reach out to us for headache and migraine relief today.