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One of the most common headache types is a tension headache. Virtually everyone will experience this type of head pain at one point or another during the course of their life. Tension headaches are usually felt at the temples or at the back of the head. They present a constant sense of aching and do not escalate or worsen in intensity. A cluster headache is a far more serious matter and can bring on debilitating pain. Cluster headaches come on suddenly and affect one side of the head. During a cluster headache, patients may experience a watery eye, running nose, or congestion in the nasal cavity. Sinus headaches are also common and are often the result of a sinus infection. Patients may also have a fever or notice nasal discharge during a sinus headache.
Migraine headaches are among the most common problems that lead patients to seek chiropractic care. During a migraine headache, patients may experience throbbing pain that is accompanied by nausea, weakness or sensitivity to sensory stimuli such as light or sound. Migraines can last between 4 and 72 hours, and many people cannot complete normal activities due to the distraction that a migraine brings. Researchers believe that migraines have a genetic component but may also be brought on by environmental factors.
Patients can find relief from headaches through chiropractic adjustments. When the spine is misaligned, tension is created in the neck, which can cause or intensify headache pain. By using gentle spinal manipulation techniques, neuromuscular misalignment can be corrected, including misalignment of the vertebra, a condition known as subluxation. Some patients will find immediate relief after chiropractic care, while others may need a series of treatments before noticing a significant reduction in the severity and frequency of headaches.