Although headaches are usually cervicogenic and musculoskeletal in nature, there are some red flags that must be ruled out.
This is just one of the many reasons why you need to see an expert sooner rather than later.
The three most common headache are:
1) Cervicogneic Headache
A cervicogenic headache is a type of headache that originates from the cervical spine (neck) and refers pain to the head. It occurs due to dysfunction or irritation of the structures in the neck, such as the joints, muscles, ligaments, or nerves. Here are some key points about cervicogenic headaches:
Cervicogenic headaches can be triggered by various factors, including poor posture, neck injuries (such as whiplash), degenerative changes in the cervical spine, muscle imbalances, or nerve compression. Usually pain with start in the neck and progress it’s way up to the back of the head and even around the side ot the front. This is called a “ram’s horn”. Wit these type of headaches, the symptoms are usually only on one side.
2) Tension Hedache
Tension headaches are the most common type of headache experienced by people. They are often described as a mild to moderate, steady, and pressing or tightening sensation around the head. Here are some key points about tension headaches:
Tension headaches are typically caused by muscle tension and stress. Factors that can contribute to their onset include poor posture, prolonged periods of sitting or computer work, emotional stress, anxiety, lack of sleep, and jaw clenching.The pain from a tension headache is usually felt on both sides of the head, as if a tight band is wrapped around it. It can also extend to the neck and shoulders.Tension headaches are often characterized by a constant, dull or aching pain. Unlike migraines, they don't typically cause nausea, vomiting, or sensitivity to light or sound.
Migraine is a neurological disorder characterized by recurring moderate to severe headaches that are often accompanied by other symptoms. Migraine episodes, also known as migraine attacks, can vary in frequency, duration, and intensity. Here's some information about migraines:
Symptoms: Migraine attacks typically involve throbbing or pulsating head pain, usually on one side of the head. The pain is often accompanied by additional symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, sensitivity to light (photophobia), and sound (phonophobia). Some individuals may experience aura, which refers to sensory disturbances like visual changes (flashing lights, blind spots), tingling or numbness in the face or extremities, or difficulty speaking.
Triggers: Migraines can be triggered by various factors, which can vary among individuals. Common triggers include hormonal changes (such as fluctuations during the menstrual cycle), certain foods or beverages (e.g., chocolate, caffeine, aged cheeses), specific smells or odors, lack of sleep, stress, sensory stimuli (bright lights, loud noises), weather changes, and certain medications.
Duration and Frequency: Migraine attacks can last anywhere from a few hours to several days. The frequency of migraines varies from person to person, with some experiencing them occasionally, while others may have them multiple times a month.