Different Kinds of Headaches and the Quick Fix

March 15, 2020|Migraine / Headache| by Harrison Salisbury

different-kinds-of-headaches-and-the-quick-fixPeople get to a lot of stress nowadays from work, school, and doing their daily routines. Headaches are prevalent, but don’t let this condition stop you from doing what you love to do. Almost everybody has experienced some form of head pain one way or another. According to statistics, 80% of the population suffers from tension headaches at least once in their lives.

Most headaches can have the following symptoms:

  • Nausea
  • Pain in the eyes when looking at the light directly
  • Vomiting
  • Sensitivity to odor and sound
  • Tenderness in the scalp
  • A sensation of tightness in the head or neck

Headaches can challenge an individual’s quality of life and wellbeing, especially when they are severe. Some conditions, such as migraines, can force you to lie down in a dark room to allow the pain to die down.

Headaches are challenging to diagnose because they have a variety of symptoms. They also affect each person differently. Also, there are several various causes or triggers. Some research concluded that 1 out of every seven people with a headache end up in the emergency room needing pain relief. 

Various Headaches Types

Tension headaches

This type of headache affects the neck, cheeks, temples, and forehead. This condition is also known as the most common headache type that usually lasts for a few hours. The pain is generally tolerable and allows you to go about your everyday routine. These headaches appear in the morning or the evening. People with tension head pain experience tightness in their neck and head. It can be so painful sometimes that many people describe it like a vice gripping your forehead.

Cluster headaches

This condition is a rare type of head pain that afflicts both men and women. It does not happen frequently, but when it does, it causes severe pain. In theory, it occurs due to a nerve or brain irregularity. It continually appears over a while. You may experience intense discomfort that starts from the eyes and on the side of the head. This ailment causes you to feel exhausted.

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Cervicogenic headaches

Cervicogenic headaches are also known as neck headaches. They start in the back of the head or neck and gradually move to the forehead. It can also affect the eye and ear. This type of headache is persistent and occurs with varying intensity. It is due to cervical spine issues or damage to the first three cervical nerves that exit the spinal cord. This condition is mostly seen often in women. When your vision is blurry or disturbed in some way, then you probably have this kind of headache. 

TMJ headaches 

TMJ stands for the temporomandibular jaw. TMJ headache is a persistent condition that affects as many as 75 million people. It is due to the pressure that is produced by the contraction of the jaw muscles. The symptoms include teeth grinding, the tension in the jaw, shoulders, and neck. 

Sinus headaches

These headaches transpire in the sinus area and gradually spread in between the eyes. When you bend forward or move your head, the pain may worsen. Migraines are commonly mistaken for sinus headaches. Sinus headaches often involve  a nasal discharge, unlike migraines.


This headache frequently starts in the morning with throbbing or pounding head pain, which gets worse whenever you move around. You may experience nausea and vomiting, sensitivity to noise, light, smells, and visual disturbances. Stress is a known common trigger for migraines.  Insomnia, hormonal changes, smoking, and unhealthy diet often triggers this condition.


Get Natural Relief from Migraines and All Types of Headaches

Now that you are aware of the multiple types of headaches, it’s time for you to discover that there is an essential connection between them and your upper cervical spine.

If the bones of the upper cervical spine are misaligned, it can cause many types of issues. The C1 and C2 vertebrae, specially designed to protect the delicate spinal cord and brainstem, are very important. If these two vertebrae have moved out of alignment due to an accident or injury, they can put the brainstem under pressure, which can lead to improper signals sent to the brain.

Intracranial pressure happens when there is a lack of proper oxygen-rich blood flowing to the brain. By correcting any misalignments, the body’s fluid flow becomes regulated, and adequate communication between the body and the brain realigns in harmony as well. In short, migraines and any type of headache will be avoided.

Here at Brain & Spine Upper Cervical Chiropractic in West Jordan, Utah, Dr. Harrison Salisbury uses a gentle method that doesn’t involve “popping or cracking” the back or neck. Instead, he helps the bones to move back into place naturally. 

This method of gentle realignment appeared in a case study that involved 100 people with headaches and migraines. All of them reported an immense improvement in their head pain problems. Some of them experienced relief in just two or three adjustments. Many saw their head pain, migraines, and other symptoms go away for good. 


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