Headaches And Migraines
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 behind 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.
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.
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.
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.
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