Main Line Chiropractic Answers: What are different types of headaches and their causes?



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Whether it’s a dull, throbbing ache, or a sharp, stabbing pain, we are all familiar with the misery of an unrelenting headache. Headaches interfere with our day-to-day activities, our nighttime festivities, and everything in between. Have you ever gotten a headache or migraine and wondered: What caused this? Am I dehydrated? Am I stressed out? Am I sick? There are various types of headaches, and various potential causes. Let’s dive in and discover what they are!



Primary Headache Types



We won’t list all 150 diagnostic headache categories, but we will go over the most common types of headaches. A tension headache, or muscle contraction headache, is the headache type that prevails among adults and adolescents. Migraines are also very common, as well as sinus headaches, hormone headaches, acute headaches, and cluster headaches. Headaches, especially migraines, are hereditary. 90% of children and adolescents who have migraines have other family members with migraines. Over 45 million Americans suffer from chronic, persistent headaches, according to the National Headache Foundation.



Headache Causes



Why do we get headaches? Headache pain is the result of signals interacting with the brain, blood vessels, and surrounding nerves. When you have a headache, specific blood vessel nerves and head muscles are activated and send pain signals to the brain. However, It is not 100% clear why these signals are activated in the first place.



Acute-onset headaches, which tend to occur suddenly, are frequently due to an infection, fever, or cold. In some situations, they could be due to a blow to the head or, more rarely, they are a sign of a serious medical condition. Tension headaches can be caused by emotional stress, alcohol use, hunger, sleep patterns, depression, or medication. Secondhand smoke, strong chemical odors or perfumes, allergens, pollution, noise, lighting, and weather changes are all environmental factors that can trigger a headache for some people.



Many people describe a tension headache as a feeling of a tight band or dull ache behind the eyes or around the head. Another extremely common cause of tension headaches is subluxations in the neck and upper back, which should be treated by a trusted Main Line chiropractor. With that in mind, if you suspect that your neck pain, back pain, or poor posture is the culprit causing your headaches, then it’s time to contact Main Line chiropractor Dr. Johns of Johns Chiropractic and Rehabilitation for quality chiropractic adjustments.



Dr. Johns has the knowledge and experience to treat your pain skillfully and effectively. You can find us at 499 South Henderson Road in King of Prussia, PA. Give us a call today at (610) 265-0220, and learn more about our chiropractic services and the conditions we treat!