Headaches and migraines

Headaches can be debilitating, especially if they’re frequent or severe. Here at TOPCHIRO, we understand how headaches can affect your everyday life, hence why we’re dedicated to providing headache solutions in Pickering, the Durham Region and the surrounding areas to help you live your best life.

What causes headaches?

When it comes to pain caused by headaches, it can either be a dull, manageable pain or an incredibly uncomfortable experience. In some of the most severe cases, a headache might even have the ability to affect how we think and reduce focus and concentration levels. As experienced chiropractors in Pickering, we are concerned with imbalances in the muscles structural and the nervous system.

The majority of us will experience headaches at some point in our life. However, regularly occurring or severe headaches may be an indicator that something is not functioning as it should. In this case, it’s important to have your condition examined by a chiropractor or other healthcare professional.

A man suffering from a headache or migraine
A man suffering from a headache or migraine
Tension headaches

Tension headaches are the most common type of headache, affecting up to 80% of adults in Canada [1]. They can be episodic or chronic, with chronic tension headaches occurring in about 3% of the population [1]. Episodic tension headaches can occur once or twice a month, and are often tied to stressful events [2]. Chronic tension headaches can recur daily and can be debilitating. For instance, a person dealing with chronic tension headaches may find it difficult to concentrate on work or enjoy their normal leisure activities [2].

A person suffering from a tension headache, the most common type of headache
A person suffering from a tension headache, the most common type of headache
MOST COMMON TYPE OF HEADACHE
A man suffering from a migraine
A man suffering from a migraine
LESS COMMON, BUT NOT TO BE IGNORED
Migraine headaches

Migraines can be a debilitating experience for those who suffer from them. They can cause severe throbbing pain or a pulsing sensation, usually on one side of the head, and can last for hours to days. Migraines are often accompanied by nausea, vomiting, and extreme sensitivity to light and sound. In Canada, an estimated 8.3% of the population [1] has been diagnosed with migraines by a health professional.

Cervicogenic headaches

Cervicogenic headaches are a type of secondary headache that results from neurobiomechanical problems in the neck. Symptoms of cervicogenic headaches include headache pain accompanied by neck pain and stiffness, pain around the eyes, and pain in the neck, shoulder, or arm on one side. Cervicogenic headaches can be difficult to diagnose, and doctors will typically focus on excluding other causes of primary headaches and migraines. In Canada, the prevalence of cervicogenic headaches has been estimated to be 4.1% [1].

A woman suffering from a cervicogenic headache
A woman suffering from a cervicogenic headache
HEADACHE FROM THE NECK
A chiropractic assessment of a patient experiencing headache
A chiropractic assessment of a patient experiencing headache
FIND THE ROOT CAUSE
Chiropractic corrections for headaches

It’s important to understand the root cause of the headaches you experience. That is why we perform an in-depth initial chiropractic assessment. If you are a candidate for chiropractic care, your chiropractor will examine what is triggering the headache and provide a combination of in-office and at-home lifestyle solutions. It may be that when the muscles in your neck are less tense and triggers are reduced, your headaches may gradually subside.

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