First, you should remember that there are two major classifications for headaches:
- Primary Headaches – which occur for no obvious reason such as migraines and tension-type headaches
- Secondary Headaches – are attributed to underlying clinical problems of the head or neck, which are called cervicogenic headaches
Knowing what type of headache you’ve been getting can greatly help you achieve pain relief.
So what kind of headache do you suffer from?
Here is a breakdown of the common symptoms for each classification of headache:
How much does your headache impact your life? Take the Headache impact test:
To assist your chiropractor in getting a better diagnoses and treatment keep a headache diary such as the one here:
So now that I have an idea of the type of headache I have, what should I do?
There are recommended clinical guidelines you may be interested in looking into to help you achieve the fastest pain relief possible. They are as follows:
Because of the intensity and disabilitating effects of migraines, treatment is highly involved: Chiropractic treatment 1 to 2 times a week for 8 weeks, a weekly 45 min. massage, specific exercise, stretching and relaxation routine, and stress & nutrition counseling.
Tension-type headaches are best treated by seeing a chiropractor who can teach you how to mobilize the affected area. These exercises will need to be done for 10 minutes, 2 times per day for 6 weeks, then at least 2 time per week for 6 months.
Cervicogenic headaches are best treated seeing a chiropractor 2 times per week for 3 weeks and by doing prescribed exercises 2 times a day for 6 weeks.