Essential Guide to Headache Pain & Relief
Headaches are very common. Most people will experience headaches many times during their lives. The issue becomes when the headaches are constant or very very painful – to the point where they disrupt your life. Often times people want to reach for medication, which may only provide temporary relief and not get to the root problem of why the headache originates. The information in this guide can help you understand why you get headaches, the many types of headaches, how you may be able to prevent headaches on your own, and when to seek help.
At Home Management
Cianci Chiropractic Center has created this Essential Guide to Headache Pain Relief to help those in the community to find the answers they need to find relief from their headache symptoms.
Causes of Headaches
Headaches can be caused by stress, dehydration, poor alignment, an injury, a bad night’s sleep or by food that doesn’t agree with you. If a headache is lasting longer than a couple of days, it may be time to get it checked out. Most Americans will experience headaches. However, it is the headaches that come on for seemingly no reason, or ones that don’t go away quickly that may give an indication something else in your body needs attention.
Symptoms of Headaches
There are various types of headaches. The root cause of your headache may be easier to figure out if you can identify the symptoms of your headache. Tension – the most common; characterized by constant aching near the temples or back of the head and neck. Cluster–these happen on one side of the head, and are often debilitating and accompanied by watery eyes and a runny nose. Sinus– due to inflamed sinuses from infection or allergies. Rebound – headaches actually caused by taking too many over-the-counter (OTC) pain relievers. Migraines– lasting between 4 and 72 hours, and accompanied by nausea, vomiting, sensitivity to light, and throbbing pain.
At Home Management of Headaches
Identifying the root cause of your headache pain and coming in for adjustments are only part of the journey to headache relief. There are many ways you can help yourself at home too. With equally good work between visits, doing your part to take care of your health will accelerate healing and lead to faster and more complete pain relief. Check out our resources below to find the best strategies for managing your headaches at home.
If you’ve never visited a chiropractor, you might not know what their techniques consist of to help patients with their headache pain. A chiropractor will use a range of strategies to relax your muscles and make adjustments to your spine. Unlike taking medication, these techniques are more long-term in nature. Focusing on trigger points and manipulating your spine back into line, can help prevent the cause of your headaches. If you are taking painkillers on a daily basis because of chronic headache problems, consider trying an option that will help you avoid potential kidney and liver damage that can result from the consistent use of painkillers.