Headache is a pretty prevalent condition in today’s world. There are several types of headaches, each with its reasons. The main concern for most individuals is if the headache is severe. Chapman-Smith evaluated professional and scientific literature on headaches in 1995 and concluded that most (90%) headaches had a benign (harmless) cause, even though the pain can be severe and chronic.
This is a headache without an underlying ailment (cause). The pain might be intense and long-lasting, or it can occur often, but there is no threat to the patient other than the headache itself. Tension headaches, cluster headaches, and migraine are examples of such headaches.
This term refers to a headache caused by a specific pathological condition, such as meningitis, acute glaucoma (eye trouble), blood vessel disorders, or a brain lesion. Your doctor or chiropractor can diagnose you with a comprehensive history and examination.
Pain is most usually felt in the forehead, base of the head, or around the eyes, although it can affect any portion of the head. Most headache sufferers have had recurring bouts for months or even years.
Be alert for a new or different headache that becomes gradually stronger or more frequent, a headache that worsens with movement (such as rising from a lying position), and a headache that interferes with your balance or memory and may lead you to become confused. These are the kind that should be discussed with your doctor.
Headaches of this nature necessitate medical attention and action.
Treatment for benign headaches varies according to the kind and may involve oxygen therapy, medication, or treatment of the neck with a method known as spinal manipulation. Some headaches have triggers that cause new episodes; these triggers must be examined and managed at all times. Lifestyle and psychological variables can also significantly influence, and dealing with these aspects should be part of your journey to recovery from chronic headaches.
Your chiropractor can advise you on an appropriate course of treatment or refer you as needed.
Did You Know That?
C. Nelson, a leading researcher, observed that the cervical spine (neck) functions differently in headache sufferers than in non-headache sufferers. This implies that mechanical neck dysfunction may cause or contribute to headaches!
The Fine Print
This factsheet is provided solely for your information and is not intended for self-diagnosis or treatment. Please consult with a skilled headache specialist.