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Different Types of Headaches


Headaches range in severity and frequency. For some, headaches can be mild and irritating but others feel pain that needs a remedy as soon as possible. There are several different types of headaches. Continue reading to learn about the different types and what a chiropractor can treat.

Tension Headaches

A tension headache is probably the most common type people experience. It has been described as a mild to moderate pain that feels like a band around the head. The pain can last from 30 minutes to one week. Tension headaches may include light or sound sensitivity.

Migraine Headaches

Migraine headaches aren’t as common as tension headaches and they are often mistaken for something else. A migraine may cause severe throbbing pain or a pulsing sensation. Usually the pain is on one side of the head. Migraine pain includes nausea and/or sensitivity to light, and it is often made worse with normal physical activity.

Cluster Headaches

Cluster headaches are one of the most painful types of headaches. They occur is only about 1% of the population. A cluster headaches occurs in a cyclical pattern or cluster period. Often, a cluster headache wakes you up in the middle of the night. Sufferers can experience severe pain around the eyes or along the side of the head. Attacks usually last from 15 minutes up to 3 hours and have been known to occur 8 times in a single day. Tearing, forehead sweating, and nasal congestion may accompany cluster headaches. The intense pain makes some sufferers restless or agitated during the attack.

A chiropractor can provide a natural, non-invasive approach to headache treatment. Contact our team today at Doctor Funk Chiropractic in Roseville, California to schedule an appointment or learn more.

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