Did you know you can visit a Chiropractor for migraine headache relief?

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 Chiropractic manipulations in conjunction with massage therapy can provide powerful and effective headache treatment and prevention.

Migraine headaches are often thought of as severe headaches that only certain people get, but migraines are a chronic neurological condition with many different types. Continue reading to find out about nine different migraine and headache types and each of their symptoms.

Migraines with Auras (Complicated Migraines)

Some people (about 20%) who have migraine headaches experience what is called an “aura” which is an unmistakable warning sign that a severe headache is coming. An aura can be sensory disturbances such as numbness, weakness, or tingling to an area of the body, or it can be a visual disturbance such as seeing spots, bright lights, or vision loss (1, 2). An aura typically lasts 10-30 minutes and is considered the second of four stages of the migraine headache (2).

Person with migrane

Migraines without Auras (Common Migraines)

Migraines without auras can be difficult to distinguish from other migraine types, but symptoms usually include sensitivity to light or sound, nausea, vomiting, throbbing pain to one side of the head, or a headache that is worsened by activity (1). The main difference is the lack of the aura.

Migraine without Head Pain (Silent or Acephalgic Migraine)

This type of migraine can be particularly worrisome as people with this type suffer common migraine symptoms (nausea, vomiting, sensitivity to light or sound, and a dizzying aura), but do not experience head pain. People with these types of migraines may experience other types of migraines as well (1).

Hemiplegic Migraine

This migraine type can mimic the symptoms of a stroke, such as weakness, numbness, or tingling to one side of the body and is often accompanied by visual auras (1). These symptoms can last a few hours or even a few days and may or may not include head pain.

Retinal Migraine

Vision-loss in one eye is typically from a retinal migraine. Retinal migraines can last anywhere from 1 minute to several months and people who typically have these types of migraines tend to be women in their childbearing years (1). Retinal migraines are not fully understood, and they may also be a symptom of more serious conditions, so people who suffer from these migraines should see a neurologist.

Chronic Migraine

People who have chronic migraines usually have at least 15 days a month of headache-days. Symptoms are typical of common migraines but sometimes the severity can vary throughout the month. Some people with chronic migraines may use medications so often throughout the month that their headaches become more frequent (1).

Person with ice pick headache

Ice Pick Headaches

People who experience ice pick headaches describe the pain as a sharp, stabbing pain that feels like an ice pick is stabbing them in the head. They usually begin suddenly and can be extremely painful. Thankfully, they typically only last a few seconds. These headaches tend to occur along the trigeminal nerve, which is a nerve that runs along the side of the head and face (1).

Cluster Headaches

Cluster headaches, sometimes referred to as “suicide headaches”, are sudden, intense, burning sensations that occur near the eyes, temples, and back of the head. Sometimes people will experience a number of other symptoms including a reddened eye on the affected side, excessive tearing, a runny nose, or swelling around the affected eye (3). These migraines are usually cyclical in nature causing pain for weeks or months at a time. The headache clusters usually occur every day or several times a day; a single attack lasts 15 minutes to 3 hours, usually occurring at the same time every day or even 1-2 hours after going to bed at night (3). When the headache stops, it tends to stop abruptly. People with cluster headaches tend to also have a remission period where they don’t experience another headache for months or even years (3).

Person with headache caused from neck pain

Cervicogenic Headache

Cervicogenic headaches are headaches caused from neck pain or even a spine lesion. Usually it occurs when the neck has been in the same position for a long period. Characteristically, the pain is a steady pain on one side of the face, head, or neck. It frequently causes neck stiffness. Many people with this type of headache may have jobs that put them in a “head forward” position such as hairdressers, truck drivers, or carpenters. It can also be from an injury such as a motor vehicle accident, sports injury, or a fall (4). This type of headache typically requires therapy, such as massage therapy or chiropractic care, as well as medications (1).

Migraines and headaches can be troubling or even debilitating. If you suffer from any of the above mentioned headaches, call 541-632-3540 to schedule an appointment so you can speak to a member of our team to discuss treatment options. At Eugene Family Chiropractic, “we have a passion for not only helping you feel better, but for educating you on how you ended up in this pain and how to prevent it in the future”.

 

Sources:

  1. American Migraine Foundation; retrieved from https://americanmigrainefoundation.org/resource-library/what-type-of-headache-do-you-have/
  2. The Mayo Clinic; retrieved from https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/migraine-with-aura/multimedia/migraine-aura/vid-20084707
  3. The Mayo Clinic; retrieved from https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/cluster-headache/symptoms-causes/syc-20352080
  4. WebMD; retrieved from https://www.webmd.com/migraines-headaches/cervicogenic-headache-facts_