Headaches – whether migraines or tension-type – are no fun. One may feel as if the pain will linger forever. This can disrupt one’s life, daily routine, and work schedule. A throbbing head can make focusing nearly impossible.
Let’s take a closer look at tension headaches and migraines and compare symptoms from both.
Tension vs. Migraine Headaches
Tension headaches are known for the following symptoms:
- Dull, achy pain
- Mild to moderate in intensity
- Feeling as if a vice is pressing in on both sides the head at the temples, base of the skull, and forehead
Common triggers can be:
- Poor posture
- Eye strain
- Lack of proper sleep
A migraine has the following symptoms:
- Throbbing, pounding pain
- Severe and extreme
- Sensitivity to light, sound, and some odors
- Usually on one side of the head
- Nausea and possible vomiting
- Aura (in about 1 in 4 patients) before the head pain – such as seeing spots or flashing lights
Triggers are often:
- Lack of sleep
- Drinking alcohol or other trigger drinks and foods
- Strong odors
- Low blood sugar caused by skipping meals
- Weather changes
Finding Migraine and Tension Headache Relief
No matter which of the above headaches one suffers from, the spine may be the underlying culprit. The spine has the serious responsibility of protecting the spinal cord as it is the communication highway between the brain and body. If one of the top bones of the vertebrae misaligns, this can create pressure on the spinal cord, affecting the function of the brainstem. The result can be pain felt in the head or face, muscle tension, and any of the above symptoms.
By using a gentle technique, these misalignments can be corrected. Case studies reveal that this method has the potential to help. A 35-year-old woman had both tension and migraine headaches on a daily basis for 12 years. After 3 months of care from an upper cervical chiropractor, her headaches went away. Similar results have been noted in other studies.
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