How Do You Classify Headaches?


Headaches cause more than just pain in the head or upper neck area. The discomfort and suffering come from the structures and tissues adjacent to the skull or the brain. It happens because the brain, on its own, does not have nerves to feel pain.

The periosteum is a thin layer of tissue that surrounds the skull's sinus, bones, ears, eyes, and muscles. This particular tissue may become irritated or inflamed, which leads to a headache. The same is true for the thin membranes that cover the brain, as well as the veins, nerves, arteries, and the spinal cord. The pain produced by headaches can be achy, dull, sharp, mild, constant, throbbing, intense, or irregular.

Fascinating Facts About Headaches

  • Headaches may appear unexpectedly or be connected to physical activity or exercise.
  • Rebound or medication overuse headaches (MOH) come about because of using pain-relievers too much. Frequently, the problem disappears for a short time after having medication but reappears, often worse than ever. 
  • Headaches often incorporate nausea and vomiting, especially in the case of migraines. 
  • Common descriptions for headaches include throbbing, squeezing, unrelenting, constant, and intermittent pain.
  • Secondary headaches are often due to illness or an injury, such as head and neck trauma, or sinus infections. 

We recommend immediate medical attention if you experience new or different headaches accompanied by more than one of these symptoms:

  • A stiff neck
  • Fever
  • Weakness
  • Changes in vision
  • Changes in behavior
  • Vomiting
  • Loss or change in sensation on one side of the body

How Are Headaches Classified?

In 2013, the International Headaches Society published its headache classification system. It aimed to assist doctors in making more accurate diagnoses on different kinds of headaches to provide more precise and useful care for suffering patients. 

These guidelines are well-structured, and doctors regularly consult this system to help them make a more informed diagnosis. There are three categories of headaches. Each one focuses on where the source of pain originates.

  • Primary Headaches

Migraines, tension headaches, and cluster headaches belong to this category.  

  • Secondary Headaches

An underlying infection causes these headaches. Also, structural problems in the neck or head may cause it, such as infected teeth, dental pain, concussions, meningitis, or bleeding in the brain.

  • Cranial Neuralgia, Facial Pain, and Other Headaches

Neuralgia connects to nerve pain. Cranial neuralgia is due to an inflammation of one of the twelve cranial nerves that originate from the brain and transmit other sensory signals and pain signals from the head and neck. Trigeminal neuralgia is the most common reason for causing facial pain.

A Research-Backed Way to Manage Headaches

Medications can give immediate relief but only temporarily. They may also come with severe side effects when overused. For this reason, many patients with severe headaches are looking for natural and lasting relief for their migraines and headaches. Is it even possible? Of course, it is! 

Research proved it is very much possible with upper cervical chiropractic care. This natural remedy has a very high success rate when it comes to managing headaches and migraines. Upper cervical care is a non-invasive process. Also, it never relies on any medication to get positive results. 

Let’s take a glimpse at one case study. Here, a 52-year old senior lady complained of migraine headaches and spinal pain for more than 20+ years. Prescription medication proved to offer only moderate relief at best. Her quality of life was compromised daily. But after she received upper cervical care, she experienced dramatic improvements in her migraines and spinal pain.

Upper cervical chiropractors concentrate on making sure that the top bones of the neck or upper cervical spine are always in proper alignment. These top bones, the atlas (C2) and axis (C2) vertebrae, play an essential role. If any of these bones shit out of their positions, even by a small degree, it can lead to significant health problems, including migraines and headaches.

Correcting Misalignments With Upper Cervical Chiropractic

The C1 and C2 vertebrae are unique bones that support the head and give it flexibility. Also, these vertebrae protect the brainstem, the communication road of the body. The brainstem continuously transmits signals to and from the brain and body. If the atlas or axis endures an injury, it can shift out of its correct alignment. As a result, instead of protecting the brainstem, they put it into extreme pressure or stress. Thus, it causes the brainstem to send wrong signals to the brain and body. Further, the misalignment acts as a blockage to the proper flow of cerebrospinal fluid and blood as they enter and leave the brain. Finally, irritation of the nerves happens. Headaches and migraines may follow, as well as other serious health issues.

Upper cervical chiropractors use a safe, precise, and gentle procedure to correct the misalignment. In short, they encourage the misaligned bones to move back to its proper position tenderly and naturally without excessive force. Thus, the body heals all the damage done from the misalignment. This leads to fewer needed doctor visits and also saves the valuable money and time of patients.

A well-aligned spine allows the nervous system to perform at its best. Numerous headache and migraine patients experienced long term relief from upper cervical chiropractic care. The Journal of the American Medical Association believed that headaches and migraines were not problems in the head. They are a problem in the neck. This statement seems accurate as many patients experience positive results once their neck misalignments become corrected.

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