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Types of Headaches and How to Prevent Them

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Types of Headaches and How to Prevent Them

We’re one month in to the New Year and as we get back in to our old work-life routines, old aches and pains, like headaches, might start to reappear too.

Although quite common, affecting most people at some stage in their life, pain from headaches can range from occasional to frequent and from mild to debilitating, while some can lead to nausea, dizziness and even weakness.

If you’ve attempted to treat these symptomatically with self-medication (or any means possible for relief) in the past, the good news is that a healthier, headache-free way of life is within your grasp.

Types of Headaches and How to Prevent Them

Different types of headaches

Not all headaches are the same. In order to enable your chiropractor to treat your condition appropriately, it helps to know which type you suffer from. So, let’s take a look at a few of the most common types of headaches…


Migraines are described as an intense throbbing pain, can cause symptoms like flashing lights and auras, and can be accompanied by nausea and vomiting, as well as sensitivity to light and sound. Stress, hormone fluctuations, dietary triggers and lack of sleep can bring them on and they can last for days.

Tension headaches

Tension headaches can be set off by emotional and physical stress, but they are often associated with tense, sore muscles in the neck and shoulder region. Described as a squeezing, or vice-like, sensation around the head, these types of headaches can be relieved with manual therapy (including chiropractic care).

Cluster headaches

Cluster headaches occur periodically and can cause pain in one eye and usually affect one side of the patient’s face. Symptoms include pain in the eye, nasal stuffiness, sweating, and feeling flushed.

Cervicogenic headaches

Originating in the neck region, cervicogenic headaches are often associated with restricted movement in the neck. People who suffer from them often complain of neck pain or tightness just below the skull, with referral into the eye and front of the head (on one side).

How to prevent headaches

Chiropractic treatment for headaches is an excellent way to not only get to the root of the problem, but also reduce the frequency of headaches and help you manage your pain without having to resort to pain medication. Your chiropractor may offer a variety of treatment modalities (adjustments and massage to name a few) designed specifically for your headache needs.

Of course, while the majority of common headaches can be treated naturally by your chiropractor, you can also do your bit to help prevent them with these simple steps:

Types of Headaches and How to Prevent Them
Find a CASA-registered chiropractor in your area here and be sure to ask them about your treatment options!


This blog post is not intended to replace professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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cervicogenic headaches, cluster headaches, headaches, migraines, tension headaches
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