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Headaches / Migraine Treatment

Dr. Bradley Eyford DC and Dr. Dena Marie Terranova DC

Headaches / Migraine Specialist

Headache is a common problem reported frequently in almost all age groups. It is worthy to note that not all headaches are migraines.

There are various types of headaches. Headaches can be benign, for instance, stress and medication overuse. Sometimes, a headache may be a result of some other serious condition like brain hemorrhage and arteritis.

A headache chiropractor can help you get relief from tension headaches, migraine headaches, and even sinus headaches. If you’re experiencing regular headaches, it’s worth a visit to your local chiropractor to see if they can help.

At our chiropractic practice in Tacoma, WA, we believe that Chiropractic treatment is the best option to treat headaches without taking multiple painkillers over the long term. Spinal manipulations help cure the root cause of headaches.

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Symptoms Of Headaches

Headache sometimes causes mild, endurable pain, while at other times, the pain is severe and excruciating. Depending on the underlying pathology, a headache can be associated with the following symptoms:

  • Depression and Nausea
  • Pain behind one eye or ear and in the temporal region
  • Seeing spots or flashing lights
  • Sensitivity to light and sound
  • Temporary vision loss
  • Vomiting, Diplopia and Irritation
  • Hallucinations (rare) and Loss of consciousness
  • Neck pain and stiffness

Causes Of Headaches

The causes of headache are broadly classified into two subtypes:

Benign or Primary headache:

This type of headache is a primary condition that does not need emergency management. These headaches may have severe effects on the quality of life but usually do not cause any complications. The possible causes for benign headaches are:

  • Migraine
  • Tension
  • Menstruation
  • Hypnic
  • Cluster headache

Benign headaches can also occur because of underlying conditions like lack of sleep, an incorrect eyeglass prescription, stress, loud noise exposure, or tight headwear.

Malignant or Secondary headache:

Secondary headaches arise because of another disease or condition.  They indicate a severe illness and, according to antimicrobe, should be managed promptly to reduce the risk of morbidity. 

The possible conditions that can cause secondary headaches are:

  • Brain hemorrhages causing thunderclap headache
  • Structural or traumatic abnormalities of the head, neck, or spine like a tumor
  • Giant cell arteritis
  • Meningitis

Long Term Problems Due To Untreated Headaches

Most of the time, primary headaches, such as migraines, are benign. However, some headaches can become problematic, especially those that increase in intensity and frequency with time. They can lead to the following complications:

  • Chronic pain
  • Migraine-triggered seizures
  • Stroke with migraine
  • Morbidity and mortality due to secondary headache

Seeking immediate medical treatment is instrumental in avoiding these complications.

Temporary Pain Relief From Headaches

There are a few options to get temporary pain relief from headaches like:

  1. OTC medications such as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and other analgesics
  2. Rest
  3. Migraine headaches tend to resolve with rest in a dark and quiet room
  4. Hot Epsom salt bath also helps reduce the pain

Headaches Treatment

Headaches, including migraines, are treated by various medical and non-medical modalities. Non-medical interventions for headache management include:

Chiropractic Treatment For Headaches

The best therapy for migraine treatment is chiropractic adjustments. Chiropractic spinal manipulative treatment treats the root cause while providing pain relief.

Chiropractic care includes spinal adjustments, soft tissue massage, physical therapy, and other modalities like electrical stimulation and acupuncture.

Tacoma Chiropractic Health Connection clinic effectively treats headaches.  We use our experience and knowledge to provide the highest quality of care to our patients.

We also educate and provide our patients with nutritional advice for a holistic treatment plan. We may even advise rehabilitation therapy to minimize recurrence risk or refer to a specialist if a serious condition is suspected.

Does Medical Insurance Cover Treatment For Headaches?

Medical insurance does cover headache treatment. Every healthcare company has its policy regarding insurance for different aspects of the treatment.

Contact us to book an appointment if you suffer from a headache or migraine.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Headaches

Are Tacoma Chiropractors good for a headache?

Chiropractors diagnose and treat various headaches and their causes. Chiropractic care is one of the most effective ways of managing both cervicogenic and tension headaches.

With the help of a chiropractor in Tacoma, the frequency of migraines and the severity of pain also decrease.

Can headaches turn into migraines?

Migraine is one of the most common causes of headache, but not every headache is a migraine. Migraine pain is throbbing and intense, lasting for a few hours to many days. It typically affects one side of the head but can be bilateral too. The particular feature of migraine headache is photophobia and phonophobia.

How long should a headache last?

The headache usually lasts for a minimum of 30 minutes. Migraines can last for 4 to 72 hours. Tension headache occurs for a variable duration.

When should you worry about a headache?

The headache, most of the time, is benign and resolves with pain killers and rest. If the headache increases in severity and lasts for more than two days, it is better to consult a doctor for migraine treatment. Headache associated with any of the following symptoms can also be a sign of a serious condition:

  • Loss of consciousness
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • The blurring of vision
  • The weakness of limbs