Knowing Your Headaches & What They Mean

Headaches are a pain in every sense of the word, both mentally and physically. We are all different in that we each have different levels of sensitivity when it comes to our heads and pain, and also in that our headaches can be triggered by a variety of different things depending on the person.


It is important to be able to know yourself and better understand pain and what that means in relation to the kinds of headaches you are getting. Knowing can help you to better and more efficiently treat them when they occur.

Speaking with your chiropractor about frequent headaches, as well as the things you think may trigger them, is helpful in the prevention and alleviation of pain and headaches. Also, consulting with a chiropractor can help them to better treat subluxations that may be causing the headaches in the first place.

Frequency

Determining whether the problem is to be deemed chronic or otherwise is important. The only way to do this is to find out how often the headaches occur. Many who suffer from chronic headaches, do so because of slight misalignments in various places of the spine, neck and shoulders.

Location

Determining where your headaches usually occur, either the base of the neck, the temples, the crown or the back of the head, can help to pinpoint the problem areas and work from there. For example, many who suffer from headaches around the temples, often have a root cause connected to some form of sinus pressure. That being said, pain in one specific area, several times in a matter of weeks, could be due to a more serious condition.

Pain Classification

There are a number of varied terms used to describe the type of pain felt during a headache: dull, throbbing, pulsating, sharp and pressure, to name just a few. Describing your pain to your chiropractor can help them to better treat your specific type of pain and ailment. A headache related to sinus pain usually has more pressure and a tight feeling in the said area.

Triggers

Knowing what sparks your headaches is important because then you are better able to navigate your daily life, avoiding these things and staying as far away from headaches as possible.

Consult your primary care physician or chiropractor for any medical related advice.

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