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Headaches & Migraines: What's the Difference?

Headaches & Migraines: What's the Difference?

When a person has pressure in their head, they will often say they are suffering from a headache. What many people don't realize, however, is that there is a difference between suffering from a headache and suffering from a migraine. While both conditions do have similar symptoms, a migraine tends to be much more painful and severe than a headache as well as much longer lasting. For now, let's take a closer look at the difference between headaches and migraines, including their symptoms and causes, and how a chiropractor can be of help in treating both conditions. 

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What Is a Headache and What Causes It?

When a person has a headache, they will typically complain of pressure in the head as well as aching. Some headaches are very mild, while others can be quite severe. Most of the time, a headache will occur on both sides of the head. There are, however, some headaches that affect only the back of the head or the forehead. While most headaches usually last two hours or less, some can be consistent and last for several days. Common causes of headaches include extreme stress, anxiety, and overexertion. 

What Is a Migraine and What Causes It?

A migraine is a type of a headache that is extremely painful and severe. The symptoms of a migraine tend to extend beyond that of a headache. For example, the pain of a migraine is often so severe that it can lead to nausea and vomiting. A migraine also causes sensitivity to light and sound and can actually lead to temporary vision loss. The most common causes of migraines include changes in sleep patterns, food additives, extreme stress, medications, emotional triggers, and low blood sugar. 

How Can a Chiropractor Treat Headaches and Migraines?

There are several ways that a chiropractor can treat headaches and migraines, including through the use of spinal manipulations, provide nutritional advice and make suggestions relating to your work and home environment, such as suggesting the use of ergonomic chairs at work. 

Make an Appointment Today

If you would like to learn more about headaches and migraines and how a chiropractor can help treat them, please contact the Northland Chiropractic Clinic today. 

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