Having a headache every once in awhile is common and usually isn’t much of a problem. Having frequent headaches, though, can interfere with your daily routine and prevent you from doing everyday activities. At DeMasi Chiropractic and Wellness, Dr. Mike DeMasi provides chiropractic treatments for patients in the Pittsburgh, Fox Chapel, Aspinwall, Blawnox, Morningside, and North Hills, Pennsylvania areas who have recurring migraines and other headaches.
Headaches Q & A
What are the symptoms of headaches?
Headaches can vary widely between patients depending on what type they are and what’s causing them.
You might have pain toward the front of your head or in the back.
It might occur on both sides of your head or just one side.
You might have pain that affects one part of your head, such as your right or left temple.
Headaches can also occur as a mild yet constant pain or a more severe, throbbing pain that comes and goes.
What causes headaches?
You can get headaches if the nerves in your head become overactive or if you have muscle tension in your neck and head. You might even have a genetic factor that makes you more likely to get headaches. Certain activities, such as exercising or coughing, can also cause headaches. You can also get headaches from specific foods, alcohol, hunger, sleep problems, stress, and bad posture. Some health conditions, such as acute sinusitis, high blood pressure, and the flu, can also cause headaches.
In any case, though, Dr. DeMasi will evaluate you to determine the precise cause of your headaches.
What kinds of headaches are there?
Some common types of headaches include cluster headaches, tension headaches, and migraines. Cluster headaches usually happen in cycles, while tension headaches can occur toward the end of the day. Migraines can come at any time and cause severe pain. You can also get chronic daily headaches or secondary headaches that result from dehydration, dental problems, infections, medications, and panic attacks.
How does Dr. DeMasi treat headaches?
Dr. DeMasi provides chiropractic treatments for headaches. During these treatments, he adjusts the spinal discs in your upper back and neck to make sure that they’re aligned correctly. When they’re not, they can press on nerves and muscles, which results in pain.
Restoring your spine to its proper alignment can help ease headache pain and lower your risk of having headaches come back.
Do chiropractic adjustments hurt?
Chiropractic adjustments shouldn’t cause pain or considerable discomfort. Dr. DeMasi will make sure that you’re comfortable and gently adjust your spinal discs to realign them. You might have slight soreness afterwards, but that’s generally mild and doesn’t last long.
For more information on chiropractic care for headaches, please contact DeMasi Chiropractic and Wellness to schedule an appointment.