There are classifications of headaches, including vascular headaches, tension headaches, traction headaches, and inflammatory headaches. Visiting your chiropractor for an assessment is a great idea to see if the doctor can help provide some relief from the pain.
The most common type of vascular headache is called a migraine, in which the sufferer experiences severe pain on one or both sides of the head. Often, migraine headaches also cause nausea and visual disturbances. You may have also heard of cluster headaches, another type of vascular headache. Pain associated with this type of headache usually occurs several times a day, and they come and go unexpectedly.
Tension headaches are the most common type of headache. Most of the time they are caused by tightening/constriction of the muscles around the face and neck. Pain from tension headaches may be experienced in the shoulders, neck, scalp, jaw, face, or eyes. The most common symptom however is a feeling of dull pain that covers most of the head. While stress, anxiety, and depression can play a role in the development of tension headaches, regular chiropractic adjustments are also very helpful in providing relief.
Traction headaches and inflammatory headaches are less common although they still cause disruption in daily activities because of the pain they cause. Traction headaches may be caused by excessive eye strain and inflammatory headaches are usually caused my more severe health problems such as a stroke, a sinus infection, or meningitis.
Chiropractors are also very knowledgeable in nutrition and will be able to provide recommendations on supplements or dietary changes that might be beneficial. Also, since tension headaches are the most common, your chiropractor can also suggestion ways to strengthen your back and neck muscles, and improve your posture, helping to relieve the tension in the neck and upper back.