Have you ever had to cancel plans with friends or loved ones because you have a headache? Headaches are a common condition that Chiropractors in our practice take care of everyday. There are different types of headaches we see in our clients, the three main types of headaches are Tension, Migraine and Cervicogenic (neck) headaches. Another type of headache that can be overlooked are Gut Health related headaches.
‘According to the World Health Organisation, headaches are among the 10 most disabling conditions for men and women.’
Explaining the different types of headaches
A tension headache is often described as a mild to moderate tight band or pressure around the head. This is the most common type of headache. Triggers may include stress, poor posture, lack of sleep, fatigue, eye strain and dry eyes.
Migraines are severe headaches that typically last between 4 and 72 hours and can be so severe that it interferes with your daily activities. It can cause a severe throbbing pain or pulsing sensation, usually on one side of the head. Migraines are often accompanied by nausea, vomiting and extreme sensitivity to light and sound. For some people an aura (or warning symptom) may occur before or with the headache. This can include visual disturbances, tingling or one side of the face and difficulty speaking.
Cervicogenic headaches are triggered by the dysfunction of the upper cervical joints of the spine. The pain originates in the neck and back of the head and radiates to the forehead, temples, eyes, ears or face. The pain increases with neck movements and you will have a decreased ability to move your head and neck.
Gut Health Related Headaches
Your gut and brain are connected. This bidirectional relationship between your central nervous system and your gastrointestinal system is known as the gut-brain axis / mind-gut connection and starts as we are growing as embryos.
Some people may experience headaches from disorders or dysfunctions in their gastrointestinal system. The ‘power supply’ to your gut is via the Vagus nerve and disturbances in vagal flow can come from stress overlays in your life and local gut disturbances. Studies suggest that this interaction is influenced by multiple factors such as inflammatory mediators, gut microbiota, stress hormones and nutritional substances.
‘Happiness is the moment you realise your headache is gone.’
Call us now for help with all of the different types of headaches!
During National Spinal Health Week, 22-24 May, Carlin Chiropractic will be offering complimentary headache assessments. If you or any of your friends/family members need help with headaches please book in with our lovely reception team.