Headaches And Migraines

Headaches and migraines can be a debilitating issue to deal with, causing inability to complete daily activities and a loss of quality of life. Of the many different headaches causes and types, nearly 80% of adults in the U.S. report having a tension headache at some point in their lives. Migraines are a much more serious condition, but are not as widespread, affecting about 15% of adults in the U.S. In addition to the throbbing pain, many with migraines experience nausea, vomiting and extreme sensitivity to light and sound, with attacks lasting for hours or days, making it difficult to live everyday life. Most everyone will experience some kind of headache during their lifetime and there are many different kinds of headaches but the most commonly known are migraines and tension headaches. Determining the correct type of headache you’re suffering from is key to getting the right treatment.

Our decisions, emotion processing, and daily activities all require clear thinking. This clarity can easily be altered by a headache. It is a very common condition that can vary in severity. Regardless of how
severe, it can wreak havoc on a good day. The most common types of headaches are tension, migraine, and cervicogenic headaches.

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Symptoms of

Migraines

Symptoms of

Tension Headaches

Causes of

Migraines

The exact cause of migraines is unknown but is found to be related to genes and brain activity. Most of the time, migraines are brought about by triggers such as fatigue, bright lights or weather. These kinds of triggers can even be passed down through genetics. Other triggers can include hormonal changes, stress, food, caffeine, medications and sleep. Females are three times more likely than men to have migraines. Those with a family history of migraines are also more likely to experience migraines. Medical conditions including depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder and epilepsy can also increase your odds of having migraines.

Causes For

Tension Headaches

Also known as stress headaches, tension headaches are often brought about by stress and can feel like a vice grip squeezing your head. Unlike migraines, they are not genetic and do not inhibit you from functioning, nor do they affect your vision or balance. There is an almost endless list of causes for tension headaches, including stress from relationships, hunger, dehydration, alcohol use and low iron levels.

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Treatments for

Headaches

Dr. Kenyon specializes in headache treatment by using a comprehensive approach to a patient’s health.  Chiropractic care and physical therapy can significantly reduce the intensity and frequency of headaches.   Often with treatment, they can be eradicated completely.  We at Stuart Spine Center understand how debilitating headaches can be and are confident in our approach to analysis and treatment in this condition, to bring you the relief you need!

Dr. Kenyon specializes in headache treatment by using a comprehensive approach to a patient’s health. Chiropractic care and physical therapy can significantly reduce the intensity and frequency of headaches. Often with treatment, they can be eradicated completely. We at Stuart Spine Center understand how debilitating headaches can be and are confident in our approach to analysis and treatment in this condition, to bring you the relief you need!

Treatments For

Tension Headaches

To relieve the pain, over-the-counter pain relievers such as ibuprofen, naproxen or acetaminophen can be beneficial but excessive use can lead to rebound headaches and don’t necessarily solve the root cause. Finding ways to manage stress can produce longer lasting results and lessen the dependency for medications. Staying away from triggering stressful events or people, keeping a healthy diet and exercise plan, getting enough sleep, massage and physical therapy can also be lifestyle modifications that make a difference.

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