A headache is a headache, right? Not necessarily. The Mayo Clinic lists three general types of headaches. Identifying the type of headache you most frequently get can be the first step towards finding an effective headache treatment.
A tension headache is a dull pressure or sense of tightness. It is experienced on both sides of the head and sometimes the neck. Tension headaches can last from 30 minutes up to a full week and can be an infrequent problem or occur daily. Fatigue and the feeling of a tight band encircling and exerting pressure on the head are common symptoms of tension headaches.
Cluster headaches develop quickly. The pain is sharp and severe, accompanied by a boring sensation. Cluster headaches are usually felt around or behind the eye. Other symptoms include tearing in one eye, nasal congestion, redness in the eye and a feeling of agitation.
Migraine headaches are moderate to severe “throbbing” headaches. 40 percent of sufferers experience them on one side of the head while 60 percent experience them on both sides of the head. A migraine headache can last from four hours to up to 72 hours. Some other symptoms include nausea, vomiting, sensitivity to light, sound and/or smell and increasing pain when attempting physical activity.
Headache Treatment by Leichhardt Chiropractor*
Chiropractic is a time-tested form of headache treatment. John Petrozzi, our Leichhardt chiropractor on call has extensive experience dealing with patients with headaches. The headache treatments he uses are safe and effective.
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