We’re going to take a quick look at 4 different headache types and a fast fix for each. Then we will take a closer look at one way people are finding long-term relief.
Tension Headaches – A Common Problem
This is the most common headache type. It feels like a band is tightening around the head. The pain may not be severe, but these headaches can be annoying if they happen regularly. They are called tension headaches because they are often stress-related. Tension in the neck leads to pain in the head.
Most people reach for a bottle of pain pills to get fast relief. Over-the-counter pain relievers like Tylenol often stop a tension headache within the hour. A better way to deal with tension headaches is to relieve the source of the tension or stress.
Sinus Headaches – Pressure and Swelling
Sinus headaches are also very common, and many present with pain above and below the eyes since the sinuses are inflamed. If you have an infection, you may require antibiotics. If there’s no infection, an NSAID like Advil or aspirin should ease the headache and reduce the inflammation. However, a sinus rinse may clear things out without medication.
Hormone Headaches – A Monthly Menace
Women may experience worse headaches during certain times of the month thanks to hormone fluctuations. Whatever you take for cramps will probably also work for the headache, but if you get migraines, it may be a different story.
Rebound Headaches – Medication Overuse
Rebound headaches occur when a person reaches for over-the-counter pain meds too frequently. The fastest way to reduce the occurrence of rebound headaches is to stop taking the medication, but that means dealing with headaches without a quick fix.
A Long-Term Solution to Headaches
Rather than looking for a quick fix when a headache occurs, upper cervical chiropractic may be able to help you get ahead of the problem. Many headaches are the result of a misalignment of the C1 and C2 vertebrae. Misalignments in this sensitive location can affect neck tension, the sinuses, and hormone levels because of the close proximity to the brainstem.
Many headache sufferers find that a gentle adjustment to realign the C1 and C2 reduces the frequency of headaches or even eliminates them altogether. To learn more, find an upper cervical chiropractor near you, and schedule a consultation today.