Do you suffer from Headaches/Migraine?
According to the National Headache Foundation, more than 45 million Americans suffer from chronic (long-term), recurring (repeating) headaches; of these, 28 million suffer from migraines. Headaches are the most common cause of absenteeism from work and school and continue to pose a major public health problem.
Because of the range in severity of different types of headaches, it is essential for patients suffering from head pain to seek medical attention. Finding a provider who has extensive experience with patients suffering from headaches and migraines is also of paramount importance.
At The Chicago chiropractor, Dr. St Jean’s specialized background in Functional Neurology ensures you will receive a comprehensive and thorough analysis of your headaches/migraines aimed to determine the root cause of your headache and provide treatment options to relieve you of your pain. Treating your head pain from a trained professional makes all the difference.
What type of headache might you have?
A comprehensive headache classification guide was established by the International Headache Society and includes more than 150 headache categories. Based on the research, a practical headache classification includes primary and secondary headaches.
Primary headaches are those that are not the result of another medical condition. The category includes tension-type, migraine, and cluster headaches:
• Tension-type Headache- most common type of headache; tend to be mild to moderate, non-throbbing and bilateral (on both sides of your head).
• Migraines – the second most common type of primary headaches. The exact cause of migraines is unknown, although they are often correlated with changes in the nerves and blood vessels. Migraine pain is moderate to severe, often described as pounding or throbbing and can last for 4 hours to 3 days.
• Cluster Headache – this is the least common, but most severe type of primary headache. The pain of a cluster headache is intense and has a burning or piercing quality that is throbbing or constant.
Secondary headaches, or those that result from another medical or neurological condition, include sinus headaches, medication overuse headaches, or headaches that occur because of a head injury, trauma or a more serious condition such as a tumor or brain bleed.
• Sinus Headache – associated with a deep and constant pain in the cheekbones, forehead, or bridge of the nose. The pain usually gets worse with sudden head movements or straining and often occurs with other actue sinus symptoms.
• Medication overuse headaches – headaches that occur as a result of the overuse of either readily available over-the-counter medications or prescribed painkillers such as opiates or sedative hypnotic tablets. This is the most common type of chronic headache seen in specialty headache centers and is referred to as the “transformed” headache.
Of course there are a variety of other types of headaches that may be the source of your head pain, but remember, you should always schedule a consultation with a trained specialist to determine which type of headache you have and what is causing your head pain.
Causes of Headache:
Headache pain results from signals interacting among the brain, blood vessels and surrounding nerves. During a headache, specific nerves of the blood vessels are activated and send pain signals to the brain. It’s not clear, however, why these signals are activated in the first place.
There is a migraine “Pain center,” or generator, in an area of your brain called the mid-brain. A migraine begins when overactive nerve cells send out impulses to the blood vessels. This causes the release of prostaglandins, serotonin and other substances that cause swelling of the blood vessels in the vicinity of the nerve endings, resulting in pain.
There are several other potential causes of headache, those of which include: emotional stress, alcohol use, skipping meals, changes in sleep patterns, excessive medication use, tension, depression, head trauma, or more serious medical conditions.
How is Headache/Migraines Treated?
Often times your headache pain can be treated without medication and/or surgery. At The Chicago chiropractor, Dr. St Jean utilizes a whole-body approach to treat headache by treating not just your bones and joints, but also your muscles and soft tissues as well as your nervous system and brain.
He accomplishes this by combining Brain Based Therapy, Chiropractic Manipulation, Therapeutic Exercise and Soft Tissue into a comprehensive treatment session aimed to correct the underlying cause of your headache pain and eliminate your pain quickly and effectively.
Is Chiropractic Care safe for Headaches?
At The Chicago chiropractor, our natural and effective treatment for headaches is a safe way to treat your headache pain. Dr. St Jean not only specializes in Chiropractic Medicine, but also Functional Neurology, Rehabilitation, Sports Medicine, Functional Medicine and Clinical Nutrition. In addition to being a physician, he has completed several hours of post-doctoral study in various specialities to ensure the care he renders is safe, cost-effective, evidence based and clinically sound.
Every headache sufferer is their own unique, individual case and requires special evaluation as well as recommendations from the doctor. If your condition requires the attention of other health care specialists, Dr. St Jean maintains referral relationship with top specialists in a variety of relevant fields and will not hesitate to make the appropriate referral.