Headaches are incredibly common.
Many people don’t realise that there are different types of headache. Here I will discuss here five common types of headache.
Tension headaches are the most common type of headache and are often described as a tight band around the head. It can also be described as a pressure over the temples and/or the back of the head and neck. Experts believe that this may be due to contraction of head and neck muscles and some research has suggested posture could be associated.
These are headaches that tend to appear in groups or cycles and are most commonly severe. These are commonly affecting one side of the head and can be accompanied by a runny nose or watery eye. Unlike with migraines, people suffering with a cluster headache are unlikely to lie down and generally struggle to get comfortable.
These are normally associated with a sinus infection which causes sinus inflammation. Pain is generally at the front of the head and face and often are worsened when leaning forwards.
Have you ever looked at the side effects of paracetamol and noticed that one of the side effects is a headache? This is what a rebound headache is. Overuse is generally the trigger. There are a few theories as to why this happens but the best thing is to not take these medications too much. I have often seen people in the clinic and that are frightened to leave the house if they do not have paracetamol in their bag and this is an unhealthy way to live.
Follow this link to a BBC article on this.
These are a lot more common than we originally thought. There are also many different sub types of migraines many of which are still being classified. These are described as recurrent headaches lasting 4-72 hours and are often accompanied by nausea/vomiting, sensitivity to light and sound, or an aura with hand or arm numbness or visual changes.
Migraines have been identified as a neurological condition as they affect the bodies of brain chemistry.
If you are suffering from migraines check out Mykels Migraine guide here.
To see more about different types of headaches have a look at the National Headache Foundation website.
Yours in health,
Mykel Mason, your Eastbourne chiropractor.
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