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Tension headaches, migraines, cluster headaches, sinus headaches, acute headaches, and chronic headaches all have one thing in common: they are very uncomfortable!  The type of headache and intensity of the headache always varies from person to person.  

Common symptoms associated with headaches include:  pain behind one or both of the eyes, a painful pounding sensation around the entire head, throbbing in the head, burning in the head, pain and tightness at the base of the skull, pain at the base of skull that travels into the neck, pain in the neck that travels to the skull, pain in the neck that travels to the upper back and shoulders, nausea, vomiting, blurred vision, difficulty concentrating, stuffiness, and the list goes on. All headaches are associated with signal interaction between the brain, blood vessels, muscles and surrounding nerves.  Depending on the type of headache you experience, it may feel as if one of the associated areas is being affected more than the other.  

Tension Headaches:  muscles contraction headaches that cause mild to moderate pain and come and go over a prolonged period of time.

Migraines:  moderate to severe pain often described as throbbing and pounding.  Associated with abnormal brain activity that results in rapid changes of blood vessels in the brain. Accompanying symptoms often include sensitivity to light, odors, noise, nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, and abdominal pain.

Cluster Headaches:  severe pain that is described as burning, throbbing, or constant.  Typically occur 1 to 3 times per day and can last 2 weeks to 3 months.

Sinus Headaches:  constant and deep pressure in the cheeks, forehead, and bridge of the nose.  Pain typically intensifies with movement and straining.  Accompanying symptoms are a feeling of fullness under the eyes, in the nose, behind the cheeks, and in the ears.

Chronic/ Traction/ Inflammatory Headaches:  headaches that slowly progress over time and tend to get worse.

The common factor between all headaches mentioned above is that the brain and nerve system are not communicating properly with the rest of the body.  No matter what symptoms are associated with each headache, the underlying cause is improper function of the nerve system.  

We have the ability to find where in the spine the nerves are being negatively affected and correct the problem.  Migraines, cluster headaches, and sinus headaches are commonly associated with misalignments between the base of the skull and the second cervical vertebrae.  Misalignments in these areas can put stress on the nerves in the upper neck and on the brainstem.  Tension headaches are most commonly associated with misalignments in the base of the skull and lower cervical vertebra.  Again, when stress is put on the nerves, it affects the surrounding muscles and blood vessels.  This can lead to multiple symptoms associated with headaches.

Headache treatment at Millard Oaks Chiropractic in Millard. Serving the Omaha, NE area for chiropractic and massage therapy needs.

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