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What to do for headaches?
Just because headaches are relatively common does not mean that it’s normal. You shouldn’t be getting them in the first place.
There are several different types of headaches such as tension headaches, migraines, cluster headaches, and cervicogenic headaches. The list officially even goes on longer than what was just mentioned. Regardless of how many types of headaches there may be, the first and most important step to figuring out how to get rid of a headache is to be able to properly identify what type it is and what is most likely causing it. In order to do so it is important to be properly evaluated by a qualified healthcare provider. This healthcare provider should gather pertinent information through a thorough history and examination, as well as rule out any “red flags” that may indicate something far more worrying regarding your health.
Regarding headache and migraine cases in our office, we spend ample time to correctly identify, treat, and educate each patient so that they may experience valuable and lasting headache relief. A few important questions we’ll need you to answer include:
Where do you feel the symptoms? - Are your headaches on top of your head, at the back of the head, on the left or right side, behind the eye, or in the sinuses? Does the pain stay in your head, or does it radiate down to your neck, or from you neck to your head? The location of the headache can help narrow down what kind of headache it may be.
What symptoms do you feel? - When you get headaches do you also feel nausea, dizziness, neck pain, etc? Associated symptoms may help identify the overall involvement of the headaches into surrounding structures.
How often and when do you get headaches or migraines? - Do you notice them more after you drink caffeine, eat certain foods, when you are stressed, or are at work? Timing of your headaches and migraines can be a key factor into identifying what may be causing them in the first place.
I’m sure that no one enjoys getting migraines or headaches. One who suffers will have likely tried medications and various home remedies for the headaches. I want you to know that there are a number of additional resources available to you in your journey to finding headache relief.
I have seen many individuals who have suffered for years and have found no relief. With proper history and examination, those same people have been able to receive additional treatments in our office that have provided the relief they have long sought after. With many of these people, the source of their headaches came from joint and muscle dysfunction. Treatments may include joint mobilization/manipulation, manual therapy, IASTM, and physical rehabilitation. Each of these treatment modalities are geared towards correcting the problem and stabilizing it against future episodes.
If you would like to learn more about different headache types we regularly see and treatments available, take a look at this article.
I’d be happy to help you overcome your headaches and migraines, either directly or indirectly. Let’s figure out what’s causing them and implement an appropriate course of treatment.