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Throbbing pain. A dull ache. Sudden pain or “brain freeze” after eating frozen dessert. Discomfort on the top of the head. One of the most widespread pain conditions experienced worldwide, headaches can range from mildly uncomfortable to downright debilitating. They often cause absenteeism from school or work.

Those who experience this discomfort frequently may find that their mental health is also affected by anxiety or depression.

The Main Types of Headaches

man wearing glasses with head painDid you know that there are more than 150 types of headaches? These fall under two main categories: primary and secondary ones.


These aren’t due to another medical condition. The category includes

  • Cluster headaches
  • Migraine
  • New daily persistent headaches (NDPH)
  • Tension ones


These types are related to another medical condition, including

  • Head injury
  • High vital sign (hypertension)
  • Infection
  • Medication overuse
  • Sinus congestion
  • Trauma
  • Tumor

How Chiropractic May Help

Adjustments could be an effective care option for tension headaches and those that start in the neck. We’ll seek to provide the care necessary to prevent your head discomfort from coming back.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are there other drug-free ways to reduce pain in the head?

Consider trying relaxation techniques, yoga, or acupuncture, which could also help along with adjustments. Staying well-hydrated is also vital, as chronic dehydration is a common cause of headaches.

Can eliminating certain foods help provide relief?

Quite possibly. For instance, aged cheese, dark chocolate, gluten, and red wine can cause headaches in many people. If you experience head pain after consuming these or other foods and beverages, eliminating them from your diet is suggested.

When should I seek immediate attention for discomfort in the head?

If you have a headache that is unusually severe or gradually worsens, you should seek attention. Immediate care may be necessary if your pain follows a blow to the head or is accompanied by fever, stiff neck, confusion, brief loss of memory, or decreased alertness.

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