Migraines and headaches can seem similar in some ways. However, a migraine is actually a neurological disorder that has a headache as one of its most common symptoms. Headaches seem to be becoming more and more prevalent in the hectic world we live in.
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Types of Headaches
- Migraine headaches: This headache is a symptom of a migraine. It can last for up to 72 hours and becomes worse with activity. Certain foods or conditions can trigger them. Nausea, vomiting, sensitivity to light and sound, and visual disturbances accompany migraines.
- Medication overuse or rebound headaches: These feel similar to a tension or a migraine headache and are brought about by using too much medication to treat headaches.
- Cluster headaches: These headaches are known for causing extreme pain around one eye and in the face. The affected eye can swell and become watery.
- Tension headache: This is the most common headache type and may occur on a daily basis. Almost everyone has had this kind of a headache at one time or another, and they may happen almost every day for some. However, they do not usually severely impair a person’s ability to function.
Spinal Alignment Can Decrease Migraines and Headaches
Upper cervical chiropractors recognize how important it is for patients to have a properly aligned spine. A misalignment of only ¼ of a millimeter in the upper bones of the neck can lead to major problem throughout the body, including migraines and headaches. By correcting this misalignment, the body is able to communicate better, leading to better blood flow to the brain. This often leads to fewer migraines and headaches, with some seeing these go away completely once the spine is properly aligned.
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