While a headache is never fun, it doesn't have to prevent you from enjoying life or being productive, either. Chiropractic and holistic care take a deeper look at headaches and their causes. At Inside Health in Oakville, ON, we help our patients understand their headaches and migraines. This allows us to better treat and prevent headaches.
Headaches vs. Migraines
Migraines are a type of headache identified by their intense throbbing pain that typically occurs on one side of the head and may be accompanied by nausea, vomiting, and sensitivity to light and/or sound. Migraine sufferers may experience a warning before the migraine, known as an aura. Signs of a migraine aura include unusual tastes, smells, or sights, tingling in the face or hands, and difficulty thinking. Migraines are a neurological condition and they tend to run in families.
Other Types of Headaches
While headache is an umbrella term covering various types of head pain, there are several common types of headaches. Determining which type of headache(s) you experience can help you find the right treatment.
- Tension headaches feel like a tight band is wrapped around your head.
- Cluster headaches come in cycles of severe headaches on one side of the head.
- Sinus headaches include facial pressure and typically coincide with sinus infections or congestion.
It's also possible to have multiple headache types at once.
Headaches and the Menstrual Cycle
Many women find that headaches are connected to their menstrual cycles. Some women report having more severe headaches while on their periods, while others don’t experience headaches during their cycle. Many women experience fewer or less severe migraines and headaches after going through menopause.
For some patients, over-the-counter medications can relieve headaches. However, these medicines are designed to treat headaches after they begin and may not work for all people. Our chiropractor and naturopathic doctors can provide you with a treatment plan that works for your condition. There are natural preventative methods, such as butterbur and feverfew supplements. Improving sleep, nutrition, activity levels, and hydration can all have a positive effect on headaches. Recognizing triggers is also important in treating headaches quickly and minimizing their severity.
Many people whose headaches originate in the neck, including tension headaches, may experience relief after spinal manipulation. Our chiropractor can also provide advice to patients about nutrition and other healthy habits that can offer relief from headaches or migraines.
Find Headache Relief Today
If you are tired of dealing with chronic headaches and migraines, come in for help. At Inside Health in Oakville, ON, our team of experts can create a personalized treatment plan for you. Call us today to schedule an appointment.