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The Difference Between a Headache and a Migraine

What Is The Difference Between A Headache And A Migraine?

Woman waking up with a headache

Headaches affect millions of people each day and range from mild to severe. While headaches are a universal problem, they are not created equal. There are different types of headaches with different types of triggers.

They can be loosely categorized as migraine headaches and non-migraine headaches. Typically, non-migraine headaches are either tension headaches or headaches caused my environmental factors. Some examples would include allergies or exposure to chemicals. Tension headaches are caused by eye strain, poor posture, prolonged sitting in front of a screen, sleeping without a supportive mattress or pillow, etc.

Tension headaches account for approximately 75% of headaches, and are more specifically caused by subluxations in the upper back and neck. This triggers the pain associated with tension headaches. 

Migraine headaches are another thing entirely. Approximately 25 million people in the United States alone are estimated to suffer from these headaches. Migraines are severe and often debilitating. People who suffer from migraines find their overall quality of life is affected when these headaches strike. Migraine headaches aren't just painful. They are frequently accompanied by symptoms such as sensitivity to light, seeing flashing lights, nausea and dizziness.

What Can You Do About Headaches?

Preventing headaches is one of the best approaches. While you may not be able to avoid every headache, you can reduce the occurrence of headaches by steering clear of triggers that cause them.

Sometimes the answers are clear: Avoiding tension headaches by practicing good posture, exercise, changing positions, taking breaks from the desk and getting enough rest. Avoiding environmental triggers such as smoke and harsh chemicals is another way to prevent them.

Other triggers aren't as obvious. By keeping a headache diary, you can identify foods and activities that may contribute to or cause headaches. 

How Can Your Beverly Hills Chiropractor Help?

Tension headaches can be treated and prevented with regular chiropractic care along with lifestyle changes. If you want to learn more about pain relief, contact Tyra Beavers, DC Integrative Health at (401) 738-8154 today.