Headaches are one of the most common and overlooked conditions worldwide. Approximately half of the population has a headache at least once per year, with up to 90% of people having a headache in their lifetime. Unfortunately, most who suffer from headaches are undiagnosed and untreated. This is due in part to many people with chronic headaches thinking their headaches are normal. Our doctors have heard many patients say they only suffer from their “normal headaches.” NO type of pain is EVER normal. Pain is your body’s way of telling you something is wrong. Even if your pain is common or occurs daily, that does NOT make it normal.
There are many types of headaches, so it’s important to make sure you find a provider who can accurately diagnose and treat your headaches. The following are a few of the most common types of headaches.
Tension-type headaches are the most common primary headache disorder. These headaches typically feel like pressure or tightness, often like a band or vice is wrapped around the head. Tension headaches can last anywhere from hours to days and can occur occasionally or chronically. Fortunately, if you suffer from tension-type headaches, chiropractic care is very effective at treating them!
Cervicogenic headaches are similar to tension-type headaches, and are also very common. They typically feel like pressure or tightness beginning in the neck and wrapping up and over or around the head. These headaches are due to motion restrictions and muscle tension in the upper spine – making chiropractic care one of the only and most effective treatments!
When people think of migraine headaches, they typically think of the migraine with an aura before the headache. The aura can be any sort of symptoms affecting vision, hearing, or motor control, and may also include nausea and vomiting. The headache in a migraine is usually on one side of the head and throbbing in nature. Some people experience an aversion to light and sound during the headache and/or aura. This type of headache can occur without the aura as well, and both types of migraines typically respond well to chiropractic care!
Our Omaha chiropractors and physical therapist at Rethwisch Family Chiropractic have over 20 years of experience treating hundreds of patients with headaches and to free them from their “normal” headache. Through a combination of chiropractic adjustments and physical therapies, most of our patients see a reduction in headache frequency and severity after only a few treatments! If you're suffering from headaches, don't wait. Give us a call at (402) 408-6561 to schedule or click here to request an appointment!