Do you have a sharp pain, throbbing sensation, or a dull ache in your head? You may be suffering from a headache. Did you know between 50-75 percent of people in the world suffer from a headache at least once year? Up to four percent of people in the world suffer from headaches for more than 15 days each month. As one of the most common disorders of the nervous system, headaches can be mildly uncomfortable to extremely debilitating.
In 30 percent of those who suffer from one headache a year, migraines surface and create even more pain. If you suffer from headaches, you may turn to painkillers or other treatments to remedy the pain. However, there is a natural way to treat headaches. Your chiropractor in Peoria offers a natural process to mitigate headaches by targeting the underlying cause of the symptoms.
When it comes to headaches, there are two categorizations: primary and secondary. Primary headaches occur due to overactivity of or issues with pain-sensitive structures in your head. In a large majority of cases, a primary headache is not the result of underlying issues; it is the main problem. A secondary headache is due to the existence of another condition or disease which triggers the pain-sensitive nerves in the head. A number of conditions can cause secondary headaches.
Whether you’re suffering from a primary or secondary headache, it’s time you found relief. At Senara in Peoria, you can work with a chiropractic doctor to determine the cause of your headaches, and how to naturally remedy the discomfort or pain. Chiropractic treatment is a way to find lasting relief from occasional or chronic headaches.
Five Common Types Of Primary Headaches
- Cluster Headache – As one of the more painful types, these headaches occur in clusters or cyclical patterns. Typically, this type of headache will wake you from sleep in the middle of the night, and cause pain on one side of the head or in and around one of the eyes. Cluster periods can last from a few hours to months.
- Migraine – This type of pain can last from a few hours to weeks. Severe throbbing or pulsating pain typically indicates a migraine. They can progress through stages: prodrome, aura, headache, and post-drome. You may not experience each stage when suffering from a migraine.
- Migraine w/ Aura – Also know as a “classic migraine.” This type of headache occurs after or alongside what’s called an “aura,” a sensory disturbance. A disturbance can include blind spots, flashes of light, tingling in hand/face, or other vision disruption. Other symptoms that can occur prior or during this type of headache is intense head pain, light/sound sensitivity, or nausea.
- Typically, this headache lasts less than 60 minutes.
- Tension Headache – Usually described as a tight band around the head, this type of headache is the most common. Symptoms can include aching/dull head pain; sensation of pressure or tightness across the forehead and around head; or scalp, neck, and shoulder muscle tenderness.
- Trigeminal Autonomic Cephalalgia (TAC) – Pain that occurs in the trigeminal nerve area combined with other symptoms in the autonomic systems on the same side of the head like drooping eyelids, eye redness, or eye watering. The frequency and duration of TAC headaches are classified based on frequency and duration.
Three Common Causes Of Secondary Headaches
- Concussion – Consider a traumatic brain injury. A blow to the head or violent shaking of the head can cause a concussion. Some symptoms include temporary loss of consciousness, amnesia surrounding traumatic event, dizziness, fatigue, and headaches.
- Dehydration – When you lose more fluid than you take in and the body does not have enough fluids to progress through its normal bodily functions. Common symptoms include dry mouth, extreme thirst, less frequent urination, fatigue, dizziness, confusion, and headaches.
- Panic Attacks/Panic Disorder – A condition that involves a sudden moment of fear or terror, triggering a serious physical reaction. Symptoms can include fear of death, loss of control, sweating, trembling, shaking, shortness of breath, or headaches. Once an attack has passed you may also feel fatigued and exhausted.
Natural Chiropractic Treatment
Each and every patient is different. So is the type of pain they’re experiencing. A tailored chiropractic treatment plan is then required for each of our patients at Senara. We want you to find relief as soon as possible through a safe, natural progression you can trust. We will determine what will best fit your needs, utilizing the following treatments:
- Improve spinal function with spinal manipulation or chiropractic adjustments to relieve the stress on your system.
- Offer nutritional advice
- Suggest relaxation and exercise techniques
- Physical therapy and home therapy routines
- Massage therapy to address muscular tension
- Acupuncture to improve blood flow
- Provide posture advice and ergonomic alternatives for sitting positions
If you’re ready to explore safe, natural techniques to find relief, contact Senara Health and Healing Center & Spa in Peoria today.