People often wonder at our clinic whether the headache they have is a migraine headache, or some other kind of headache. They come in with terrible pain, and because they know someone who has "migraines," they assume they are in for the worse. When we explain to them the differences between the two, it is often much easier to understand what category thy may be in, and how we are going to approach treatments in order to help decrease the intensity, frequency, and duration of their pain.
In general, pain from a tension headache tends to have the pattern of a headband. it begins at the base of the skull, wraps around the sides of the head, and ends at the forehead. they tend to be related muscular issues, and often coincide with neck and upper back pain. true migraines, on the other hand, are often felt on one side of the head. they can cause dizziness, blurred vision, sensitivity to light and noise, and nausea and vomiting. migraine headaches tend to have "triggers" in most people. eating certain foods, drinking certain beverages, or even smelling certain smells can all trigger a migraine attack, and targeting those triggers is key in dealing with preventing further migraines.
In our clinic, we come across headaches of all varieties, and have seen great success in treating them as well. Addressing muscle and joints issues, changing bad postural patterns, and in the case of true migraines, addressing diet changes, all play a role in helping to decrease headache related pain. Talking to your Doctor of Chiropractic, and providing a detailed explanation of your signs and symptoms is the best way to get to the source of your pain, and get on your way to feeling better and doing what you love to do.