Headaches are REALLY common! In fact, two out of three children will have a headache by the time they are fifteen years old, and more than 90% of adults will experience a headache at some point in their life. It appears safe to say that almost ALL of us will have firsthand knowledge of what a headache is like sooner or later!
Certain types of headaches have a hereditary component, rooted in genetics, and they can emerge at different life stages. Some headaches exhibit a consistent pattern, while others do not. Adding to this complexity, it's not uncommon for individuals to experience multiple headache types concurrently.
The frequency and intensity of headaches can greatly vary; some people endure multiple headaches in a single day that come and go, whereas others might experience several headaches each month or as infrequent as one or two annually. Headaches can persist continuously for days or weeks, with their intensity either remaining constant or fluctuating.
For some individuals, seeking solace in a dark, quiet room is a necessity during a headache episode, while others can carry on with their daily routines unaffected. Headaches have significant repercussions, leading to missed work or school days and prompting doctor visits. The economic burden of headaches is staggering, reaching billions of dollars annually in the United States, encompassing both direct costs and productivity losses. Estimating indirect costs, such as the long-term effects on children who miss school due to headaches and the resulting impact on their academic progress, proves far more challenging.
Headaches manifest in numerous forms, each classified by distinct causes or groups of causes. Take migraine headaches, for instance, affecting approximately 12% of the US population, spanning both children and adults. Migraines primarily stem from vascular factors, involving the dilation or expansion of blood vessels that irritate nerve-sensitive tissues within the head. This typically results in throbbing, pulsating pain, often concentrated on one side of the head, and can encompass symptoms like nausea and vomiting. Some migraine sufferers experience an "aura," such as flashing or intense lights, occurring 10-15 minutes before the headache onset, while others do not encounter this phenomenon.
The tension-type headache is the most common type and as the name implies, is triggered by stress or some type of tension. The intensity ranges between mild and severe, usually on both sides of the head and often begin during adolescence and peak around age 30, affecting women slightly more than men. These can be episodic (come and go, ten to fifteen times a month, lasting 30 min. to several days) or chronic (more than fifteen times a month over a three-month period).
There are many other types of headaches that may be primary or secondary—when caused by an underlying illness or condition. The GOOD news is chiropractic care is often extremely helpful in managing headaches of all varieties and should be included in the healthcare team when management requires a multidisciplinary treatment approach.
You may wonder, “Do I need an MRI scan of my brain or neck.” Also, if you feel arm pain it may indicate things are getting worse and may indicate a bulge on the disc or worse yet a herniated disc in your neck. Some people have a feeling of their “head aching.”
Regardless of the type, it can leave you feeling exhausted fatigued, nauseous, and even depressed. Some get severe headache pain behind the eyes. Persistent or worsening pain intensity and/or frequency necessitates a visit to see a professional near you.
Check out what the experts say about chiropractic care for headaches here:
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At Coast Chiropractic Centers we look forward to providing relief to those suffering from any type of headache. Call me, Dr. Tim Harcourt, at Coast Chiropractic Centers at (239) 278-3344 or stop by if you’re in the area on your day off for a walk in visit and mention this article for an awesome discounted first visit to include history, exam, and adjustment or Class IV high-intensity laser treatment.
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If you are suffering from headaches that are affecting your quality of life and allowing you to enjoy Fort Myers Beach. Come see us at Coast Chiropractic Centers located on 7270 College Parkway.
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