Tension Headaches / Migraines
A tension headache or tension-type headache, as it’s medically known is the most common type of headache, and yet its causes aren’t well understood. A tension headache is generally a diffuse, mild to moderate pain that many people describe as feeling as if there’s a tight band around their head. It may feel as though muscle contractions are responsible for your head pain but some experts disagree. Fortunately, effective treatments for tension headaches are available. Managing a tension headache is often a balance between fostering healthy habits, finding effective non-drug treatments and using medications appropriately.
Migraines are chronic headaches that can cause significant pain for hours or even days. Symptoms can be so severe that all you can think about is finding a dark, quiet place to lie down. Some migraines are preceded or accompanied by sensory warning symptoms or signs (auras), such as flashes of light, blind spots or tingling in your arm or leg. A migraine is often accompanied by nausea, vomiting, and extreme sensitivity to light and sound.
Provider Note: We treat all Headaches with FDM and neck exercises. Tension Headaches do respond very well to our treatment because it does seem most are caused by muscle tension in the neck and occipital region. Migraines may not respond as fast but we have had success in ridding individuals w/ chronic migraine headaches. Other measures that can be prescribed by an MD would be prescription medication and botox injections have become a popular method in treating chronic migraines.