Some people may use the term headache and migraine interchangeably, but headaches and migraines are different. Headaches range from mild to severe, and can negatively impact your day-to-day existence. Some of the main types of headaches include:
- tension headaches
- cluster headaches
- sinus headaches
- thunderclap headaches
If you experience an extremely painful headache that develops in only 60 seconds or less, then you may be experiencing a thunderclap headache and should call 911 immediately.
A migraine is a very intense headache, which is often accompanied by other symptoms, including:
- sensitivity to light and/or sound
- pain behind one eye, behind one ear, or in the temples
- seeing flashing lights or spots (aka migraine with aura)
While a normal headache does not normally affect everyday activities, migraines can be more severe and may interrupt your daily life.
Common Causes of Chronic Headaches and Migraines
There are many reasons that you may be experiencing either headaches or migraines.
Common causes of chronic headaches include:
- caffeine use
- lack of sleep
- hormonal changes
- changes in the weather
Common causes of migraines include:
- traumatic brain injury, such as an auto injury
- chemical imbalance
- central nervous system (CNS) disorder
- vascular irregularities
- brain tumor
- certain infections
While the above may predispose you to migraines, the following things may trigger your migraines:
- hormonal changes
How a Chiropractor Can Help Manage & Treat Headaches and Migraines
If you are suffering from headaches or migraines and are seeking headache & migraine treatment, you may benefit from seeing a chiropractor.
Since more than half of people who experience migraines also experience muscle tension, neck pain, and upper back pain, a chiropractic adjustment is an effective method of combating migraines. The adjustment will also reduce inflammation.
Heat therapy and cold therapy can reduce pain associated with your headache or migraine. Heat therapy helps by relaxing and releasing tension from your muscles, while cold therapy may help by numbing the pain in your aching muscles.