Headaches and migraines affect millions of Americans every day. If you want to avoid taking medication or undergoing invasive procedures to reduce your headaches, try conservative, integrated care from Kinexis Healthcare. Located in Estero, Florida, the team offers a range of treatments to reduce or eliminate headaches so you can feel better and return to your favorite activities. Schedule a consultation today by calling the office or using the online booking tool.
Headaches and Migraines Q & A
What are the signs of a headache?
There are numerous types of headaches, all with their own unique symptoms and pain patterns. Common symptoms among all types of headaches include:
- Head pain that is dull, achy, stiff, throbbing, or pulsing
- Pain located on one or both sides of the head, or wrapping around the head
- Pain that travels up into the head from the neck or jaw
- Numbness or tingling in the face, jaw, arms, or hands
- Pain behind your eyes
- Tenderness around your temples, sinuses, forehead, or the base of your skull
Headaches can range in severity, from mild discomfort to severe, debilitating pain.
What makes a migraine different from other types of headaches?
Migraines are a severe form of headache caused by neurological changes in your brain that send different types of pain signals and sensations. Most headaches have a known cause or trigger, but the cause of migraines is unknown. It may be related to genetics or hormonal fluctuations.
Migraines are typically one-sided and cause severe, pulsing pain that makes you sensitive to light, sound, and smell. They can also cause nausea and vomiting, fatigue, and irritability.
What causes headaches?
Headaches may be caused by a variety of factors, including:
- Low blood sugar or dehydration
- High blood pressure or physical exertion
- Stress or muscle tension
- Too much caffeine or caffeine withdrawal
- Certain foods, including dairy, MSG, chocolate, and alcohol
- Other conditions, including pregnancy and sinus infections
- Spinal joint dysfunction
- An irregular sleeping or eating schedule
Fluctuations to your normal routine can also trigger headaches, especially if you work different shifts or have recently gone on vacation and are adapting to your normal schedule again.
How are headaches diagnosed?
Headaches are diagnosed based on your symptoms, the pain pattern of your headache, and the severity of your headache. In some cases, additional medical testing is needed if your headache is related to another medical condition, such as high blood pressure, kidney disease, or a sinus infection.
How are headaches treated?
At Kinexis Healthcare, the team addresses headaches based on your unique symptoms and headache diagnosis. In most cases, soft tissue therapy and chiropractic care can relieve muscle tension and joint dysfunction associated with posture-related headaches and tension headaches.
Lifestyle changes — including drinking enough water and limiting your caffeine intake, if needed — can also be helpful. The team may provide lifestyle recommendations when appropriate. Specialist referrals for severe headaches and migraines are available when needed.
Get help with your headache today by calling Kinexis Healthcare or booking a visit online.