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Head Pain

Head pain comes from a variety of causes including muscle tension as the most common and vascular dilation, which is less common and toxicity from chemical which is least common. Relieving the symptoms of head pain does not always solve the problem as it does nothing for the actual cause of the pain.

If your headaches are not relieved by treatments like aspirin, paracetamol (acetominophen) or ibuprofen then you should see your doctor of chiropractic about them. With headaches, as with other illnesses, obtaining the proper treatment depends on the right diagnosis. Therefore, it is important to determine whether you have migraine or another type of headache.

The most common type of head pain is a tension headache caused by muscle tension.

 

Other patterns of pain follow the nerve distribution of the face. And sometimes the pain can come from several sources.

Daily headache.

The following symptoms and signs suggest the possibility of serious illness and warrant immediate medical attention:

  • Very sudden onset of headache without warning
  • Getting a new type of headache after the age of 55
  • Headache with a fever or stiff neck
  • Headache associated with the new onset of changes in vision, weakness, sensory loss, weakness, (especially on one side of your body), or any difficulty walking
  • Headaches that progress in frequency, duration, or severity
  • Headache following an accident or head injury
  • Constant headaches that never go away
If you have any of these features, mention it to the doctor. If you do not have these characteristics, but you have all three described below, you most likely have migraine:
  1. You have had at least five headache attacks in your life with similar features lasting from 4 to 72 hours each.
  2. You have two of the following three pain features: o Moderate to severe pain o Pain on just one side of the head o Headaches that are throbbing or pulsing.
  3. You have one of the following three features:
  • You have aura
  • You feel sick (nauseous) during your headaches
  • You are usually sensitive to light and sound during your headaches

Treatment: Head pain in generally a symptom of some other disorder. We understand the treatment of pain as a symptom and provide relief as fast as possible while at the same time addressing the actual cause of the pain. The most common head pain is tension headache.

  • Simple application of heat and therapy to the muscle of the neck reduce pain within minutes.
  • Correction of spinal misalignment and dysfunction can reduce the recurrence of the pain.
  • Exercise helps dissipate stress and reduce stored tension.

Recommendations:

  • Recreation on a regular basis
  • Stress Reduction
  • Increase water intake
  • Check prescription drugs for side effects of head pain
  • Maintain spinal mobility and muscular function with monthly treatment.
  • Eliminate toxicity from air, water and diet.
  • Follow our wellness recomendations for absolute health.
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