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Headaches and Migraines

Headaches can be debilitating. When you get a headache, it can make everyday tasks difficult. Some people are lucky and get headaches occasionally. They are often triggered by things such as hangovers, skipping meals, and stress. There are other people; however, who suffer from chronic headaches which occur frequently. Others suffer from migraines. Many people who get headaches often don't know whether they have a headache or a migraine. If you are going to get the proper treatment, it is essential that you know whether you are suffering from chronic headaches or a migraine.

Headaches and Migraines


Headaches cause pain and pressure in your head. The pain from a headache can occur in various areas of your head including your temples, forehead, the back of your neck, or all over. There are a few types of headaches.

    • Tension headaches: Tension headaches are the most common type. They are triggered by stress, anxiety, and muscle strain. A tension can last from a few hours to a few days.
    • Sinus headaches: Sinus headaches are often confused with a migraine. These headaches are often accompanied by other symptoms such as a stuffy nose, cough, congestion, and facial pressure. The only way to prevent these headaches from occurring is to treat the sinus infection.


Migraine headaches are intense. They cause severe pain in the head. In most cases, the cause of migraines is unknown. There are two common types of migraines.

    • Migraine without Aura: This is the most common type of migraine. These headaches can occur frequently, and they can last for several hours or several days. Migraines differ from headaches in that they cause a variety of severe symptoms including nausea, vomiting, sensitivity to light and sound, temporary vision loss, seeing spots and flashes, and pain behind the eye. Many people who suffer from migraines feel relief only when they are sitting in a dark, quiet room.
    • Migraine with Aura: This type of migraine is less common. Between 10 and 30 minutes before the headaches and other migraine symptoms begin, you will experience warning sensations. A strange sense of smell, touch, and taste are common. Some people see flashing lights or unusual lines in their vision. Having trouble thinking or numbness in the face or hands are also common. When the actual migraine begins, you will experience the same symptoms as a migraine without aura.

How Can a Chiropractor Treat Chronic Headaches and Migraines?

A chiropractor can perform a chiropractic adjustment to improve your spinal function. This can relieve the stress on your system. Spinal manipulation also promotes blood flow, which can reduce the frequency and the severity of your headaches or migraines. Your chiropractor can also suggest treatments for you to do at home. They can recommend changes in diet, taking the correct vitamins and supplements, and relaxation techniques and exercises to do at home.

Call Advanced Family Chiropractic and Rehabilitation Today

If you are suffering from chronic headaches or migraines, Advanced Family Chiropractic and Rehabilitation in Imperial can help. Our chiropractor can create a treatment plan to reduce your pain. We can also help reduce the frequency of your attacks.  


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