Why Your Head Hurts?
A headache can come in many different shapes and sizes, and the causes are equally complex.
Headaches have numerous causes including; physical or emotional stress, chemical expose, certain foods, preservatives, allergies, alcohol, bright light, trauma, hormonal changes, too much or too little sleep, or blood pressure to name just a few causes.
One thing is certain. A recurring headache is a sign that something is wrong. While pain-relievers like aspirin or Ibuprofen may temporarily ease discomfort, while treating the symptoms, they also don’t treat the true underlying problem. They do nothing to correct the source of the problem. And while the problem remains, the headaches will come back… again and again.
What Type Of Headache Do I Have?
There are specific labels for many types of headaches and Tension Headaches are by far the most common type in the United States and may affect as much as 95% of the population at one time or another.
Tension headache sufferers report a dull constant pain on both sides or localized to just one side of their head or neck. Typically, these headaches begin with physical or mental stress that causes contractions of muscles in the neck, back, and head. So many seemly innocent things can trigger a tension headache; it’s often very difficult to locate the exact cause. Emotional stress from a job, home, or relationship can cause muscle tension. Improper work posture, repetitive movements or motions, lifting improperly–all these things can cause muscles to tighten in the neck and back. Physical stress from pain in another part of the body, often spinal problems, can also cause chronic muscle contractions leading to tension headaches.
These headaches caused by problems within the cervical (neck) spine are felt in the back, sides and front of the head or the front of the face or neck. Changes in the normal curvature of the neck caused by trauma, degenerative arthritis, or poor posture can cause chronic irritation to vertebral nerve roots. The onset of pain is sudden or acute, and may also cause muscle tension in the neck bringing on tension headaches as well.
Treatment for Headaches, Migraines, Vertebrogenic and Tension Headache
When headaches are frequent or recur over time, they can make life miserable. Everything else becomes secondary to the pain. But remember, pain is how the body tells us that something is wrong. It’s not wise to ignore the signals and treat just the symptoms.
No matter what the severity, far too often the victim has recently been in a car crash. Auto accident injury sufferers are prone to suffering from headaches and migraines because when their head is jerked from side to side upon impact the victim suffers significant soft tissue damage.
At the Denver Integrated Spine Center, we are highly experienced in finding the causes behind headaches as well as relieving the immediate pain. We will determine whether a physical or structural problem may be involved and, if so, correct it. Contact us today to schedule your free consultation: (303) 758-9000.