The Differences Between Tension Headaches and Migraines

Tucker Chiropractic Treatment for Tension Headaches and Migraines | AICA TuckerThe Chiropractors at AICA Tucker treat hundreds of patients each year who experienced recurring tension headaches or migraines.

The American Headache Society reports that nearly 40 percent of Americans suffer from episodic headaches each year, while 3 percent experience chronic tension-type headaches. 

The United States Department of Health and Human Services estimates that approximately 30 million citizens suffer from migraines, while tension headaches are more common than migraines at a ratio of five to one.

Chiropractic Treatment for Tension Headaches vs. Migraines

Knowing the difference between the migraines and tension headaches is critical, as understand the particular type of condition you’re experiencing has a direct influence on the kind of treatment you receive.

Understanding Tension Headaches

Tension headaches often result in a steady ache and soreness located in the neck, specifically at the base of the skull.

This tends to irritate the upper cervical nerve roots, which leads to radiating pain and numbness in the head.

At times, the pain can extend to the eyes but often stops at the top of the cranium.

Common causes of tension headaches include stress, muscle strain, or chronic anxiety.

Understanding Migraines

Migraines tend to be much more intense, severe, and sometimes debilitating.

They often remain on one side of the head and are connected to nausea and vomiting.

An aura or a pre-headache warning is often attached to some painful symptoms like dizziness, ringing noises, blurred vision, and heightened sensitivity to light and sound.

Genetics does play a role in the onset of migraines, and those who are affected tend to have family members who also experience regular migraine headaches. 

Causes of Tension Headaches

There are many causes for tension headaches.

Often, the causes include lack of sleep, chronic stress, anxiety, hunger, and particular events like auto collisions or slip and fall accidents.

Certain conditions can trigger a migraine headache including consuming excessive amounts of caffeine, chocolate, citrus fruits, cured meats, or being dehydrated, suffering from depression, or drinking too much alcohol.

Tucker Chiropractic Treatment for Tension Headaches

So, what can the Chiropractors at AICA Tucker do for people who suffer from headaches?

First, it’s important to understand that medical research proves how Chiropractic care is extremely useful for patients who experience both types of headaches.

Chiropractic Adjustments, deep tissue , and nutritional support are common techniques utilized by our Chiropractors. Patients are also provided with self-management strategies that can be performed at home as part of an ongoing treatment plan. 

Particular types of strategies include heat therapy, Trigger Point Therapy, regular exercise, and other lifestyle adjustments.

If you experience frequent tension headaches or migraines, schedule a consultation with AICA Tucker today.

You can set up an immediate appointment by calling us at 404-592-1186 or by filling out our online submission form.

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