Headaches Oak Lawn IL
Botti Chiropractic & Wellness | Chiropractor Oak Lawn
One of our favorite conditions to treat at Botti Chiropractic & Wellness due to our high success rate is headaches and migraines. Did you know that headaches and migraines are one of the most common reasons why individuals will visit a doctor? This condition affects nearly everyone, regardless of their age, race, gender, or wellness state. In fact, the World Health Organization, or WHO, says that nearly 50% of adults experience this condition each year!
Headaches can be an onset of different medical problems, including stress. In this, they can significantly impact one’s quality of life, preventing an individual from performing daily tasks. If you are suffering from daily headaches and tired of taking medication to remove the symptoms, but not the root of the problem, perhaps its time to see a specialist, like Dr. Botti, Oak Lawn Chiropractor.
Causes of Headaches
Understanding the causes of a headache can help in finding the solution from the pain or tension. This condition or pain can be found on any part of the head or on either one/both temples. The pain that a headache causes most often starts in a targeted area and will spread to different areas. Those who suffer from headaches will equate their pain to either throbbing, sharp, or gradual. In this, patients often mention the condition lasting from a few minutes to several days.
When it comes to headaches, there are two different types or categories that the International Headache Society uses.
Primary headaches are those that exist alone. In other words, there are no ailments that are causing the pain or tension to occur, other than those associated with the head, nerves, or muscles. In addition to this, primary headaches may be a result of neck problems or chemical changes in the brain. Most professionals will use the term: migraines, cluster, or tension, to describe these headaches.
Secondary headaches occur as a result of medical conditions. Simply put, this condition occurs because of something else happening in the body. Some ailments may be, but not limited to, blood clots, brain freeze, tumors, concussions, dehydration, or even panic attacks. The list is quite endless. For us, we believe that cervical spine dysfunction is the foundational reason behind over 90% of headaches and migraines.
Specific Types of Headaches
- Tension Headache
It is the most common form of a primary headache and begins slowly and gradually in the middle of the day. It can be either episodic or chronic. Its symptoms include a constant, dull ache on both sides, pain that spreads to or from the neck and the patient feeling as if he/she has a tight band around the head.
Migraine is usually a throbbing pain that occurs only on one side of the head. Most often, it is accompanied by nausea, blurred vision, and sensory disturbances. It is the second most common form of a primary headache and it significantly impacts the life of the person suffering from it. It may last for a few hours or, in worst cases, for 2 or 3 days.
- Rebound headache
Rebound headaches are also known as medication-overuse headaches. This clearly suggests that such a headache is caused due to the excessive use of medication to treat headache symptoms. It is the most common cause of a secondary headache. Generally, it begins early in the day and likely persists throughout the day. The problem with such headaches is that although they improve with the use of pain medication, once its effects wear off, they worsen. It is accompanied by neck pain, restlessness, reduced quality of sleep and a feeling of nasal congestion.
- Cluster headaches
Going by their name, cluster headaches occur suddenly every day for periods ranging from weeks to months. Usually lasting anywhere between 15 minutes to 3 hours, cluster headaches occur from once to up to eight times a day. In between clusters, no headache symptoms persist. Cluster headaches are one-sided (typically located in or around one eye), severe and sharp or burning.
For many patients, diagnosing a headache or a migraine is based upon how the individual describes their discomfort. We are going to ask you to describe your head, including the time/date, type of pain, where the pain occurred, and if there is a pattern. We will only move forward with extensive tests should the headaches be more complex.
Oak Lawn Chiropractic Treatment for Headaches
Proper Diagnosis is of primary importance. We will take a thorough history and perform a detailed orthopedic and neurological examination to determine the cause of your headaches. We will evaluate the key head and neck muscular regions for trigger points and muscular issues. We will make the correction to necessary upper spine and postural elements to put your body back in its proper form and give corrective exercise to stabilize and strengthen the neck and spine. Call today for an appointment, even if it’s not regarding headaches & migraines! Botti Chiropractic & Wellness has been named the best chiropractor Oak Lawn has to offer for a reason – schedule your consultation today to find out!
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