Tension headache


How can tension headache be recognized and what causes it?


This type of headache is a pressing / nagging pain that can be anywhere in the head, face and jaw. Usually the pain originated from the neck, shoulders or mid back. Sometimes the headache lasts for hours or days and with fatigue / stress the pain returns.


Often tension headaches are caused by incorrect postures and movement patterns of the body. Stiffness in the spine overloads muscles and irritates surrounding nerves, which can lead to tension headaches.



Jaw complaints (TMJ)


The temporomandibular joint can become overloaded by, for example, grinding your teeth while sleeping, when something hard has been bitten or by an injury as a result of a fall or whiplash. The irritation of the temporomandibular joint creates a tension and muscle reaction that puts pressure on the facial nerve and becomes irritated. This can cause pain in the temporomandibular joint.






How can migraine be recognized and what causes it?


There are many different symptoms of migraines and can have any or all of the symptoms. For example, migraines can start with spots or flickering before the eyes or it can start with nausea, vomiting or dizziness. This usually turns into a stabbing pain on one side of the head. Before or during a migraine attack you can be hypersensitive to light and sound.

Migraines can be caused by dilated blood vessels in the head and a stimulation of the nerves around those blood vessels. Hormonal fluctuations, some medications, alcohol, or certain foods can also cause migraines.

If the chiropractor has concluded that there is a connection between the migraine and your vertebrae, joints, or nerves, then chiropractic treatment makes sense.