If tension headaches and migraines rule your life, you need help right now. And if you live in the Danville area of northern California, that help is close by at the office of Dr. Max Lippman and Plaza Chiropractic and Massage Therapy. With chiropractic care, he successfully treats those who battle chronic headaches and migraines.
Headaches have numerous causes, or “triggers,” which include your environment and particular behaviors. Environmental factors are things such as stress, noise, and lights, while behaviors that trigger headaches include insomnia, too much exercise, and certain foods.
The most common headaches occur because of muscle tension and joint irritation in your neck, and that’s caused by sedentary activities like sitting in front of your computer for hours at a time. Only a small percentage of headaches are warning signals of potentially serious injuries.
Headaches fall into more than 100 different categories, but most of those types are rare and are not likely to affect you. The most common types of headaches include:
Tension or stress headaches, which are mild to moderate and come and go based on activity
Migraines, which are severe and can be chronic
Cluster headaches, which are characterized by severe throbbing behind the eyes
Mixed headache syndrome, a combination of a migraine and a tension headache
Sinus headache, which is pain in the forehead, nose and cheek areas from sinus inflammation
Acute headaches, which are usually from a sinus infection, are short-lived, and are most common with kids
Hormone headaches, related to hormonal swings during periods, pregnancy, and menopause
Chronic progressive headaches, which get progressively worse and occur more and more frequently
A headache can range from mild to severe pain and usually occurs on both sides of your head, such as your forehead, temples, and back of your neck. Tension headaches are the most common, caused mainly by muscle tension and stress, and they can last anywhere from 30 minutes to a week.
Migraines are intense, frequently last for days, and sometimes require hospitalization. Chronic migraines can incapacitate you and have additional symptoms, such as:
Temporary vision loss
Spots or light flashes
Sensitivity to sound, light, and smells
Most migraines affect only one side of the head and can make performing your daily tasks difficult.
Research shows that there’s a range of chiropractic treatments that can improve the outcome of chronic headaches, such as:
Dr. Lippman can diagnose the source of your headaches and prescribe natural solutions to relieve tension headaches and migraines and help stop future headaches before they start. The treatment will depend on the cause of your headaches. For example, Dr. Lippman may align the bones in your neck to relieve the tension and pressure that triggered your headaches.