According to the Mayo Clinic, “A primary headache is caused by over activity or problems with pain-sensitive structures in your head.” Headaches can be caused by a variety of factors such as:
- Poor Posture
- Certain Foods
- Skipped Meals
- Changes in sleep or lack of sleep
Nine out of ten Americans suffer from some form of headache. They’re over 150 different types of headaches with some of the most common of those being:
Migraine headaches are often a constant throbbing/pounding pain. The length of a migraine can usually last anywhere from a few hours all the way to three days. Not only is there constant pain with migraines, but people can also have a sensitivity to noise, light, smells, nausea, vomiting, and loss of appetite.
Chronic Daily Headaches
If you notice that you are having headaches at least half of every month, and longer than a couple of months, then that is considered Chronic Daily Headaches. Some of these can be very short, but others can last for hours. If this is the case then you more than likely have one of the four primary headaches:
- Chronic Migraine
- Chronic Tension Headache
- New Daily Persistent Headache
- Hemicrania Continua
Tension Headaches are known to be the most common type of headache for people 13 and older. They tend to cause low to medium pain and tend to come and go over time. They tend to not have any other symptoms associated with them.
Cluster headaches are known to be the worst type of headache one can have. This type of headache can wake someone up in the middle of the night, with severe pain behind or around a specific eye. Cluster headaches can occur for weeks to months at a time, usually followed by a length of time where they will stop completely. Each individual headache can last anywhere from 15 minutes to 3 hours. Men have a much higher chance of getting cluster headaches than women.
When someone gets a sinus headache, they can feel pain in the forehead, bridge of their nose, and cheekbones. These headaches occur when sinuses become inflamed. The pain can also can and usually tends to come with other typical sinus symptoms such as, a fever, swollen face, runny nose, and fullness in the ears. If you do have a sinus headache, you will have a sinus infection where the gunk coming from your nose will be green and yellow. This is the opposite of in the case of a cluster or migraine headache where the discharge would be clear.
Your Tampa Chiropractors Treatment Plan for Headaches
Your Chiropractor near USF will first ask the follow questions:
- Ask how bad on a scale of 1-10 the pain is that day, at its worst, and at its best.
- Find out if you know how the pain began?
- Ask if you have had any prior surgeries, and to list all current medications that you’re taking.
- Want to know if anything you have tried to relieve the pain has helped.
- Will want to know if there’s anything that aggravates your pain.
After going through your questionnaire and examining your body, Dr. Cobb will proceed to spend 20-25 minutes performing connective tissue release. For headaches your Tampa Chiropractor will focus on treating your head, neck, shoulders and back. Every patient and pain is different. Based on what the doctor sees, as well as what your background information is, will determine where he works and for how long.
After your Connective Tissue Release therapy, if your Tampa Chiropractor deems you fit for an adjustment, he will do exactly that. However, if Dr. Cobb feels that an adjustment could do more harm than good based on the state your body is in, then he will wait until he feels that you are okay to be adjusted.
If you are dealing with headaches in any way, your Chiropractor near Temple Terrace, Dr. Cobb and his staff are here for you Monday, Wednesday, Thursday (9:00-12:00 & 1:30-7:00) and Tuesday and Friday (9:00-1:00)
We also serve: Temple Terrace, USF, Brandon, Riverview, Carolewood, Wesley Chapel, South Tampa, North Tampa, Temple Palms, Thonotosassa