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Headache Disorders

Headache disorders are among the most common disorders of the nervous system.  The headache itself is a painful, and sometimes debilitating feature of different types of headache disorders, including tension-type headaches, migraines, and cluster headaches.  These conditions are considered to be “primary disorders” meaning that they are direct symptom of the underlying condition.

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Tension-type headaches

Tension-type headaches are the most common form of headache occurring in about ¾ of the general population.  The frequency and pain associated with this form of headache can range from the occasional mile headache to daily debilitating headaches.  This headache is described as pressure or tightness, often like a band around the head, sometimes spreading into or from the neck.  Tension-type headaches are often stress-related or associated with problems in the neck.

Migraine Headaches

It is estimated that 37 million American get migraine headaches.  The symptoms, frequencies, and severity can differ from person to person.  Occurring more frequently in women by a factor of 2:1, migraines are recurrent headaches with pain that can range from moderate to severe.  Migraines are often felt on one side of the head and are usually a pulsating pain.  Migraines can last from a couple of hours to 2 or 3 days.  As migraine headaches are aggravated by physical activity, people will try to lie still in a dark room to help alleviate the pain.

Cluster Headaches

These headaches get their name from the fact that these severe headaches will recur several times a day, sometimes up to eight times in one day.  These headaches can continue on for days or weeks, or even months at a time before going headache free for a period of time, called a remission period.

Headaches associated with Cluster Headaches are severe, often described as being 10/10 on the pain scale.  While people who have migraine headaches will often lie still, people who suffer from cluster headaches are often unable to remain still.  They will often move around or even rock in place to try to distract themselves from the pain.  This headache pain is often described as a burning sensation, or like a hot poker in the eye.  It is considered one of the worst pains a person can experience.

Sacro Occipital Technique

Sacro Occipital Technique (SOT) is a gentle form of chiropractic whose goal is to improve and normalize the flow between the base of the spine (Sacrum) and the top of the spine (Occiput).  Once your spine is in alignment along with cranial work that has also been proven to aid in the functioning of your central nervous system,  your spine and central nervous system will work effectively to improve functions throughout your body.  It has been shown that regular customized treatments will reduce the severity of your headaches and significantly lower the intensity and frequency of your headaches, whether they are caused by primary factors such as tension type headaches, migraines, or cluster headaches or if your pain is a secondary symptom caused by an injury.

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