A headache is pain in any region of the head. Headaches may occur on one or both sides of the head, be isolated to a certain location, radiate across the head from one point, or have a vise-like quality. A headache may be a sharp pain, throbbing sensation or dull ache. Headaches may appear gradually or suddenly, and they may last less than an hour or for several days.
The most common headache is called a Tension Headache. As a chiropractor this type is better described as “cervicogenic”, in other words coming from the neck. This type of headache is easily identified and I personally have treated probably a thousand patients with this type of headache. Treatment is straight forward and related to misalignments of the spinal bones called vertebra causing muscle spasms of the intrinsic muscles which can choke off the occipital nerves at the base of he skull. Sometimes the headaches are a result of cranial bone fixation or misalignment, whereupon cranial manipulation is employed using Applied Kinesiology or Sacro-occipital technique.
A less frequent but often debilitating headache can come from the gut. This has been called an abdominal headache or abdominal migraine and is addressed nutritionally.
Many types of headaches require medical attention which is why we frequently refer patients to the appropriate medical professionals for either evaluation and treatment or a co-management basis.