Headache and Migraines
Being cursed with headaches is never a good experience. The devil comes in many forms, some complaint of dull, and throbbing pain; some reported enough pain to affect vision. This debilitating symptom is no stranger to any working adults.
It can be difficult to tell whether you are experiencing a typical headache or a migraine. Recognizing a migraine headache from a traditional headache, and vice versa, is important. It could mean a faster relief through more effective treatments, which means a better day for you. It can also help prevent future headaches from occurring in the first place. So, how do we go about identifying which is which?
What is a headache?
Headaches are undesirable pains in your head that can result in pressure and aching. Patients usually report mild to moderate pain on both sides of their head lasting 30mins to a week. Known triggers include stress, muscle strains and anxiety. These are known as tension headaches. Another type of headache is the Sinus headaches.
Sinus headaches, often confused with migraines, originated from sinus infections which build up fluids in the sinus resulting in an increased pressure in the facial regions which eventually leads to the headache. Sinus headaches are usually accompanied by symptoms of sinus infections such as fever, stuffy nose and cough.
What is a Migraine?
Migraines are severe and intense headaches that are often bundled with symptoms like being nausea, pain behind one eye or ear, pain in the temples, sensitivity to flashing lights and noises, visual abnormality (seeing spots, temporary loss of vision) and/or vomiting. Migraines are excruciating, pounding pain in the head which stands out from typical headaches which can make daily tasks impossible.
Research has determined the main cause of migraines to be from poor blood circulation to the brain; often attributed by prolonged hours of sitting in poor posture. Such a habit causes the vertebra to misalign, heightening pressure in the blood vessels near the neck. This pressure then constricts the blood vessels, reducing blood flow which evolves into the agony you feel. This series of actions can also be from poor sleeping posture and prolonged tensed muscles in the neck, shoulders and upper back region.
How we can help
Our Chiropractors specialise in identifying and treating the spinal misalignments and muscular abnormity that might contribute to the discomfort. Following so, the doctors will devise treatments targeting the roots of the problem. These include spinal manipulation or chiropractic adjustments to improve spinal function and alleviate the stress on your system and/or therapeutic massages to relieve your pain.
Other than treatments, our doctors took it upon themselves to advice our patients on the proper postures and relaxation exercises to relieve the tensions and muscles in the neck and upper back.