6 Reasons Why Your Head Might Be Hurting
Advice from a Chiropractor
Do you have a series of head pain that just won’t go away and are affecting you at work or while playing sports? Does the pain of migraines stop you in your tracks? Do your sinuses ache? Is stress bothering you? Do you have intermittent dizzy spells?
Don’t you wish there was a way to have someone prevent you from having to yell, “Why does my head hurt?’
In this article, I discuss the types of headaches that my patients have –– and how I resolve their problems with chiropractic care.
What Are the Different Types of Headaches?
Migraines and tension headaches are the most common, but I actually treat six different subsets of headaches in my San Rafael office. These include:
- Migraine and Tension Headaches –– Did you know that severe headaches are the #1 reason why people miss work, not colds or flus? Both of these types of head pain originate in the nervous system and can cause everything from nausea, blurred vision, extreme fatigue, sensitivity to light, a “drilling” sensation, and some of the worst headache pain you’ll ever experience. I treat migraines and tension headaches with chiropractic adjusting, as well as with cranial therapy.
- Head Injury and Concussion –– Typically caused by a sports accident or a fall resulting in a traumatic brain injury, these can include symptoms such as foggy thinking, head pain, memory issues, and/or mood swings. I treat head injuries and concussions with chiropractic adjusting, cranial therapy, nutritional support, and lifestyle counseling.
- TMJ and Jaw Issues –– If you’ve had a painful jaw or if it clicks or pops when you chew, or if you grind or clench your teeth at night, you may have a temporomandibular joint (TMJ) problem, which connects your jaw to your skull’s temporal bones. When your head hurts from TMJ, I can gently adjust your jaw to relieve stress.
- Vertigo and Dizziness –– These symptoms can be intermittent, but should not be ignored. I typically first determine where the symptoms are originating, then use a combination of therapies to make the problem dissipate.
- Sinus Issues –– For constant headaches, watering eyes, breathing issues, or pressure behind your eyes, cranial therapies can restore the subtle movements of your skull and facial bones.
- Stress Issues –– Some people are victims of stress, which may be the leading cause for most of your physical, mental, and emotional problems –– from headaches to a stroke. Stress relief begins with cranial therapy to create a sensation of deep relaxation to slowly push the stress away, calm you, refresh you, and let you get on with your life.
Find Out More About Why Your Head Hurts
Now that you know about the six types of headaches and how a chiropractor can treat them, make an appointment to see me in my San Rafael chiropractic office. I’ll determine what’s causing your headache pain, followed by a treatment plan on how I can relieve it.