No one enjoys a headache—from a minor throbbing to a full-blown migraine, a headache can sour your mood and kill your productivity. Knowing what’s causing your headache is the first step in eliminating it, but unfortunately, there are any number of reasons why you may be experiencing one. The good news is that there are some causes of headaches that are more common than others, and chances are you’re experiencing one of them. Below, we’ll take a look at some of these common causes so that you can accurately and effectively figure out what’s causing yours.
The most common type of headache is known as the tension headache, and like the name implies, it develops due to any number of stressors in our lives. This includes both physical tension caused by things like poor posture or repetitive movements in the workplace and emotional tension caused by anxiety, fatigue, and stress. Most people typically experience these no more than twice a month, and they are more common in women than men.
The most severe classification of headache is known as the cluster headache, but thankfully this type is not as frequent as the tension headache. While its exact causes are unknown, researchers believe that cluster headaches are brought on by activity in the trigeminal nerve—a nerve located near the base of the brain that is responsible for helping us experience sensations such as heat and pain. When the trigeminal nerve is activated it causes pain behind the eyes (a classic sign of cluster headaches), but it also triggers other nerves that can cause other symptoms such as bloodshot eyes and nasal congestion.
Anyone who has experienced a sinus headache can attest to just how rotten they can make you feel. When your sinuses are working normally they allow fluid to easily drain through them; however, if they become blocked (due to things like allergies or an infection) fluid will start to build up, and the pressure from that simulates symptoms similar to a headache. Typically a sinus headache will also bring other symptoms with it—including fever, runny nose, and swelling of the face.
Doctors of chiropractic successfully help people obtain safe, effective, long-term relief from their headaches. In fact, surveys show that 10-25% of patients begin chiropractic care for the relief of headaches.
Keep in mind; some headaches may be the cause of a serious issue, always consult your chiropractor or medical doctor for diagnosis of your headache.