It may be surprising, but 14% of the US population (or over 45 million) have a chronic or long-term headache condition according to the National Headache Foundation. Headaches are the most common reason for needing a day off work or school. In fact, 157 million days are missed every year due to head pain. This has a huge impact on productivity and education.
It may be hard to differentiate one type of a headache from another. Let’s take a closer look three headache types.
- Tension headaches: These are the most common type of a headache. They are moderate in pain level and may feel like a vice is gripping both sides of the head. However, normal daily activities can often be performed without a problem.
- Migraines: This is severe pain that is often in one area of the head and is described as pounding or throbbing. They average anywhere from 4 to 72 hours in length and are severe in intensity. They may be accompanied by sensitivity to light, sound, and odors, and nausea and vomiting.
- Cluster headaches: While not common, these are by far the worst kind of pain and are often described as burning, throbbing, and sharp. It hurts so bad that often a patient cannot even sit still. Pain is often concentrated behind one eye. As the name indicates, they come on in a cluster – often a couple of times a day – and may last anywhere from two weeks to two months.
Why Headaches Occur
Headaches are the result of something wrong in the body. A common reason for headaches to transpire has to do with a misalignment in the upper part of the neck. If the atlas bone (the top bone of the neck) is out of alignment, it can put pressure on the brainstem, leading to headaches. Upper cervical chiropractors are specifically trained in correcting this exact type of misalignment. A gentle adjustment is often all that is needed to see the end of such headaches.
Ferri, Fred MD. Ferri’s Clinical Advisor, 2012 ed. Philadelphia, PA: Mosby; 2012.
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