Headaches are experienced a little differently by everyone. You may feel tired, have blurred vision, have a stiff neck, or be unable to function for the day. While the symptoms you have may vary, they all have one thing in common- they are not “normal” to deal with frequently. If you’ve been experiencing headaches, you may be wondering what type of headache you have.

Why it Matters:
There are many different types of headaches, and knowing which one you have is the first step toward finding relief. Here are a few of the most common headache types:

  • Migraine
    Migraines come in all shapes and sizes. Typically you’ll feel a throbbing on one side of your head. This type of headache can be excruciating and can last up to 3 days. You may feel nauseous, have difficulty speaking, or even be sensitive to light, sound, or smell.
  • Tension Headache
    Tension headaches are very common and affect up to 20% of the population. They usually consist of constant dull pain on both sides of the head. Stress, anxiety, and depression are a few triggers of a tension headache. You could also get them from dehydration, loud noises, a lack of sleep, or even by not getting enough exercise. In short, living a healthy lifestyle is a great way to get rid of tension headaches.
  • Cluster Headache
    Cluster headaches are usually experienced more by men than by women. You will generally feel an intense burning or even a piercing feeling behind or around one of your eyes. These headaches usually come when you least expect them and can last anywhere between 15 minutes to three hours.

Next Steps:
If you’re having trouble with migraine, tension, or cluster headaches, give us a call today. Research has shown that chiropractic care can reduce the intensity, severity, and frequency of many common headaches without medications. Our gentle, movement-based care may be able to help you break free from the pain of headaches and correct the cause.

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