Headaches & Migraines

Headaches & Migraines

Headaches are extremely common, with about 90% of people reporting the occurrence of a headache at least once each year. Headaches causes are varied, and include stress, the environment, illness or disease, poor posture, and food allergies. They may not be an issue if they occur once in a while, but can be problematic if they are chronic. Migraine headaches, tension headaches, cluster headaches, and other chronic headaches can be debilitating, causing patients to seek headache and migraine treatment. In order for a doctor to effectively treat headaches, he or she must first discover and address the root cause of the patient's chronic headaches and migraines.

Additional causes of headaches, include drug reactions, TMJ, tight neck muscles, low blood sugar, high blood pressure, stress, and fatigue. Most chronic headache patients suffer from one of two types of headache: tension headaches or migraine headaches. The third type of headache which often drives people to tend to seek medical attention is the cluster headache, which is somewhat similar to a migraine.

  • About 75% of headache sufferers experience tension headaches. Often described as a dull, achy feeling on one or both sides of the head, like a tight band or a dull ache around the head or behind the eyes, these headaches tend to start slowly and last anywhere from minutes to days. They're often the result of stress in the spine and muscles of the back and neck, so effective treatment can include chiropractic care and trigger point injections.
  • Women comprise about 75% of migraine sufferers, and migraine headaches affect about 25 million people in the United States each year. In addition to being intense and throbbing headaches, migraines often include nausea, sensitivity to light and noise, and visual symptoms like flashing lights. Migraines can have a genetic component, but the primary cause of a migraine is changing blood flow in the brain. Sometimes, migraines can be avoided by eliminating certain "triggers". Treatment, therefore, should include nutritional counseling, to help patients identify and avoid foods that can trigger migraine headache symptoms. Other helpful treatment options include chiropractic adjustment, massage therapy, and trigger point therapy.
  • Brief, excruciating headaches, cluster headaches typically occur on one side of the head behind the eyes. About 1 million people in the United States, primarily men, are impacted by cluster headaches, which are the only type of headache that usually occurs at night. They are similar to migraine headaches, in that they are related to blood flow in the brain. Interestingly, cluster headaches tend to occur one or more times a day for several days, and then might not occur again for months or even years.

At our chiropractic clinic in Decatur, strategies for treating headaches can include physical rehabilitation, chiropractic, trigger point therapy, and other non-invasive treatments. Committed to working with patients to help them achieve a better state of wellness, the medical professionals at Decatur Pain & Rehab create a personalized treatment plan for each case, addressing the root cause of each patient's medical concerns.

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Decatur Pain & Rehab is located in Decatur, Georgia, 30032, offering chiropractic care and treatment for a variety of health concerns. For your FREE consultation, call us today at 404-620-4020.

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