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What Type of Headache Do You Have?

Headaches are something we all experience - and if you don't, well then you are lucky. Chiropractic can help reduce the effects of headaches and alleviate pain. This articles discusses the various types of headaches and treatment methods that may help.


Headache is a very common complaint for a patient to seek help from a chiropractor.  The term headache is used to refer to pain perceived within the skull, the orbits of the eyes and at the top of the neck.  The term headache is also referred to as cephalgia.

A headache may be classified according to the location of the origin of pain, but it is more important to use a classification that is more descriptive of a headaches clinical presentation.   This would include headaches of:

1.       Acute onset

2.      Subacute onset

3.      Chronic onset

A headache of acute onset includes:

·         Subarachnoid hemorrhage

·         Cerebrovascular accidents

·         Meningitis or Encephalitis

·         Postictal Headache

·         Hypertensive encephalopathy

·         Coital headache

·         Ocular disorders

A headache of subacute onset includes:

·         Space –occupying lesions

·         Temporal Arteritis

·         Benign Intracranial hypertension

·         Lancinating Neuralgias

A headache of chronic onset includes:

·         Tension headache

·         Migraine headache (with/without aura)

·         Cluster headache

·         Cervicogenic Headache

Your Chiropractor will perform a thorough history and examination including orthopaedic, neurological testing and diagnostic radiography to determine which type of headache is present.  Then they will develop a specific plan of management tailored to your case.

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