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Types of headaches

head-explodeingThe World Health Organisation points out that nearly everyone experiences a headache once in a while. This is not a complete list of the different types of headaches but rather some of the more common ones.

Many of us are familiar with some form of headache and we have seen Chiropractic care help many to deal with the causes and consequences of many different types of head pain. Many people think that a migraine is just a bad headache but this is not quite true. Not all headaches are migraines and not all migraines cause head pain.

There are different types of headaches and migraines are only one. Although headaches can be defined as pain “in any region of the head,” the cause, duration, and intensity of this pain can vary according to the type of headache.

What type of headache do you have?

Tension headaches

Dull, aching non throbbing, tight sensation all over your head. Also possibly; tenderness or sensitivity around your neck, forehead, scalp, or shoulder muscles.

Cluster headaches

Characterised by severe burning and piercing pain. They occur around or behind one eye or on one side of the face at a time. Attacks can last from 15 minutes to three hours and often occur in clusters which typically last for weeks or months and occasionally more than a year. Most people experience one to four headaches a day, usually around the same time each day. During a cluster, after one headache resolves, another will soon follow.


An intense pulsing from deep within your head. This pain can last for days. The headache significantly limits your ability to carry out your daily routine. Migraines are throbbing and usually one-sided. People with migraine headaches are often sensitive to light and sound. Nausea and vomiting also frequently occur.

Rebound headaches

Also known as medication overuse headaches, can feel like a dull, tension-type headache, or they may feel more intensely painful, like a migraine. You may be more susceptible to this type of headache if you frequently use over the counter pain relievers. Overuse of these medications leads to more headaches, rather than fewer.

Hypertension headaches

High blood pressure can cause you to have a headache, and this kind of headache signals an emergency. This occurs when your blood pressure becomes dangerously high. A hypertension headache will usually occur on both sides of your head and is typically worse with any activity. It often has a pulsating quality. You may also experience changes in vision, numbness or tingling, nosebleeds, chest pain, or shortness of breath.


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