Virtually everyone, regardless of age or gender, experiences headaches at some point in their lives, so knowing what’s causing headaches is the key to treating them. Dr. Peter Manz of Midwest Chiropractic Center LLC in Columbus, Ohio, is an expert at identifying the cause of your headache and treating it in the most natural way possible so you can avoid medications. Sometimes headaches are a symptom of a more serious condition, especially if they’re chronic. To find out what’s causing your headaches, call or make an appointment online today.
Headaches Q & A
by Peter Manz, DC
What is causing my headaches?
There are several types of headaches that affect both children and adults. Primary headaches are stand-alone ailments that are the result of structural problems in your head, neck, or spine. This includes blood vessels, muscles, and nerves. Migraines, cluster headaches, and tension headaches are common types of primary headaches and may be so painful, you are unable to participate in usual daily activities.
Secondary headaches are symptoms that come from another cause, other than structural issues, and they may be serious conditions or temporary side effects. Secondary headaches can be the result of any of the following:
- Alcohol-induced hangover
- Brain tumor
- Blood clot
- “Brain freeze” from eating or drinking something cold
- Flu or sinus issues
- Overuse of pain medications
How can I get relief from migraine headaches?
If you suffer from migraines, you know that the pain and symptoms can be debilitating, but they don’t have to disrupt your life. Dr. Manz and his team are highly skilled at treating all types of headaches, including migraines, without the need for prescription pain medications that can cause terrible side effects.
If you have at least five episodes of painful headaches that last from four to 72 hours at a time, accompanied by other symptoms like nausea, light sensitivity, or blurred vision, you may need professional treatment.
Dr. Manz and the team at Midwest Chiropractic Center LLC first determine the cause of your headaches through a comprehensive exam and questions about your health, diet, lifestyle, and any other contributing factors. Depending on the cause of your migraine headaches, Dr. Manz may recommend chiropractic adjustments, exercises, lifestyle and diet changes, or massage therapy.
Is it possible to prevent headaches altogether?
The causes of some types of headaches are unknown, but it is possible to prevent or reduce chronic tension and migraine headaches with lifestyle changes such as:
- Establishing a regular sleep schedule
- Regular exercise
- Eating healthy foods/not skipping meals
- Drinking plenty of water to avoid dehydration
- Managing daily stress with relaxation techniques
- Massage therapy
- Chiropractic adjustments to correct structural problems
- Avoiding known headache triggers
- Eliminating medications that cause headaches
If you’ve been suffering from any type of headaches, Dr. Manz can help. Call or schedule a consultation online today so you can get to the underlying cause of your headaches and find long-term relief from the accompanying pain and symptoms.