Headaches are often the result of tight muscles and restricted joints within the neck and upper back. Migraines can have hormonal and chemical predispositions, however they are often associated with secondary headaches. Secondary headaches cause abnormal tension within the muscles of the head, neck, shoulders, and upper back increasing the frequency and duration of migraines. Stress, lifestyle factors, posture can all lead to tight muscles that effect headaches and migraines. Other factors that can effect headaches include: food sensitivities, noise, bright lights, insomnia, excessive exercise, and fluctuating or low blood sugar levels.
What are the Symptoms of Headaches and Migraines?
Currently 90% of Americans suffer from headaches or migraines. For some it is occasional, but often it can present as a frequent and painful experience. Symptoms of headaches may include throbbing, pounding, pulsating, intermittent or constant uncomfortableness. Location of headaches often vary. They can occur at the base of the skull, above the ears, or may wrap around the head and rest above or behind the eyes. To distinguish a headache from a migraine, a helpful and easy acronym was created: P.O.U.N.D. Pulsating, One-day duration, Unilateral (one side of head) location, Nausea or vomiting, and Disabling intensity are the symptoms associated with migraines.
Consult a Doctor if the Following Occur:
Sensitivity to light, noise, or odors
What are Common Treatments for Headaches and Migraines?
Years of research have proven that spinal manipulation can be an effective treatment option for tension headaches of the head, neck, shoulders, and upper back. In fact, researchers at Duke University found spinal manipulation to result in almost immediate improvement for those headaches that originate in the neck. They also discovered spinal manipulation had significantly fewer side effects and longer lasting relief than commonly prescribed medications.
For some, headaches may be a warning sign of undiagnosed problems. If any red flags are identified during your evaluation, history, and treatment, we reserve the right to refer you to the proper health care provider for your headaches and pains.
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The doctors at F.I.T. Muscle and Joint Clinic in Overland Park & Shawnee, Kansas and Lees Summit, Missouri are here to help lessen and relieve your headaches and migraines. Do not hesitate, contact us today for leading evidence-based assessments and treatments for your musculoskeletal pain and dysfunction.