Migraine VS Tension Headache: Let’s Differentiate The Two

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Many people around the world suffer from headaches and it sometimes seems as if it becomes part of their everyday lives. Many reach for the over the counter painkillers while others try to ride it off with much difficulty. One thing remains common in either patient: the fact that a headache can hinder their ability to perform tasks and sometimes the pain is simply too much to endure.

Chiropractic has been effective for treating Migraines and tension headaches alike. In this post, we will discuss some of the differences between migraines and tension headaches as these are some of the most common suffered by patients.

Migraine vs Tension headache

Migraine headaches defined

Migraines are often described as a throbbing or pounding headache. The majority of people experience the “absence migraine” this one does not have the “aura” effect (patients see lines, zigzags).

The following are some of the symptoms patients experience when suffering from this type of headache:

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Light sensitivity
  • Pain in the eye

Tension headaches defined

Tension headaches are another form of primary headache frequently experienced and it often causes the following symptoms:

  • A pressure-like feeling in the front or the back of the head
  • Tenderness of the scalp to the touch
  • Dull pain
  • Fatigue
  • Aching muscles

Treatment options

There is always medication available over the counter to help manage the pain. However, patients who suffer from frequent headaches may not benefit from using painkillers. According to the World Health Organization, more than 50% of the world’s population aged between 18 and 65 years have suffered at least once a year from a headache. Headaches can occur for many reasons; sometimes this includes stress, tense muscles, eyestrain, and secondary health issues to name a few.

Breathing and relaxing stretches is a good way to unwind and help your body to relax. Headaches result because of inflammation and with chiropractic adjustments to the spine, the body can combat inflammation naturally. Frequent adjustments have also proved to help patients relax as their nervous system is able to communicate better and not release stress hormones when it is not required to do so.

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