Headaches are very common and uncomfortable to deal with, but they can actually be caused by a variety of issues. Depending on the location of your headache, the kind of pain you feel, and how long it lasts, your headache could be caused by anything from spinal issues to a sinus infection. Identifying your headaches can help you understand why you’re having them and when you should get help.

Neurolink Chiropractic is here to help you with all sorts of spinal problems, headaches and migraines, and much more with non-surgical chiropractic therapy. Here’s a guide to identifying your headache and when to get professional help.

Headache Location

The location of your headache can tell you a lot about what might be causing it. Focus on the pain and try to find the part of your head it’s coming from. 

If your headache is specific to your temples, the top of your head, the ‘headband’ area, or the back of your head and neck, it’s most likely a tension headache. Treat a tension headache with heat or ice, proper posture, and reduced stress.

Pain in your forehead, cheeks, or behind your eyes can be caused by a few things. They can be a tension headache or a migraine, but it could also be caused by a sinus infection if you’re dealing with other symptoms as well. Treat sinus headaches with a humidifier or a saline nasal spray.

If you’re feeling pain behind one eye or only on one side of your head, you’re most likely dealing with a cluster headache. Cluster headaches can be avoided by staying away from strong smells during cluster periods, sticking to a regular sleep schedule, and avoiding alcohol.

Type of Pain

What does your headache actually feel like, and how long does it last? Dull, tightening sensations that don’t throb, and pain that’s sensitive to the touch, is typically a tension headache. Tension headaches aren’t typically unbearable, but they can last a longer time than other headaches.

Sharp pain that throbs and lasts for a while might be a migraine, especially if it also causes nausea or changes in your vision.

Searing, sharp pain that only affects one side of your head, has a rapid onset and doesn’t last very long is most likely a cluster headache. Cluster headaches usually happen multiple times over a period of days or even weeks, and the best way to avoid them is to stay away from triggers during cluster periods.

Natural treatment for Frequent Headaches

If you suffer from frequent headaches, it’s important to find natural and effective treatment options. Lifestyle changes can be helpful in reducing the frequency of headaches. Improving your sleep schedule, drinking more water, and participating in gentle activity like yoga can all help keep headaches at bay. Additional natural remedies like essential oils and supplements have also been shown to be effective in preventing and treating headaches.

Treat Migraines and Headaches at Neurolink Chiropractic

There are many natural and effective ways to prevent and treat headaches if you’re looking for a more holistic approach. After a comprehensive examination, Neurolink Chiropractic believes in a multifaceted approach to treatment, which includes understanding your headache triggers. We’ll work to understand your unique situation to help you find the root cause of your headaches. Give us a call or explore our website to learn more about how we can help you!