Headaches Specialist

Headaches Q & A

Frequent or daily headaches can be a major source of frustration and pain that interrupts your daily life. For natural solutions to your headaches, visit John Broderick, DC, and Patricia Tamburro, DC, at Greater Lowell Chiropractic & Rehabilitation in Lowell and North Andover, Massachusetts. With extensive noninvasive treatment options, you can get the relief you need without having to take medication. Schedule a visit today by calling the office or booking online.

Are there different types of headaches?

Numerous types of headaches exist that cause head pain in specific regions of your head and neck and may be accompanied by other symptoms, including jaw pain, neck stiffness, and eye pain. Common headache types include:

  • Tension headaches

  • Cervicogenic headaches

  • Cluster headaches

  • Migraines

  • Allergy or sinus headaches

  • Exertional headaches

  • Caffeine headaches

  • Hypertension headaches

  • Post-traumatic headaches

While some causes of headaches may be obvious or you may have specific headache triggers, other causes are difficult to pinpoint. With a consultation and exam from the team, you can better understand your headaches and get effective treatment to relieve your pain and prevent your headaches from returning.

What causes headaches?

Headaches can be caused by a variety of lifestyle and health issues. Common causes include:

  • Too much caffeine or caffeine withdrawal

  • Dehydration

  • Low blood sugar

  • High blood pressure

  • Stress

  • Muscle tension and trigger points

  • Conditions related to your neck

  • Allergies and sinus infections

  • Trauma

  • Hormonal fluctuations

If you’re unsure of the cause of your headache, the doctors can help you identify potential triggers to reduce the frequency and severity of your headaches. In many headache cases, maintaining a healthy lifestyle that includes adequate sleep, proper hydration, and a nutritious diet can help reduce or prevent your pain.

How are headaches diagnosed?

Headaches are diagnosed based on the location of your pain and any additional symptoms you experience. Generally, each type of headache presents with a specific pattern of symptoms that the doctors ask about to determine the cause of your headaches.

The team performs orthopedic tests to assess the structures in your neck or check your head and neck for specific trigger points that relate to muscle tension in the area. In some cases, they may refer you to a neurologist for additional testing or treatment if your headaches are severe or disabling.

How are headaches treated?

Headaches are treated based on their cause and the type of headache you’re experiencing. Some headaches respond best to lifestyle changes, such as increasing your water intake or watching the amount of caffeine you consume.

The team also provides chiropractic care, rehab, and soft tissue therapy for headaches related to neck pain and muscle tension. Treatment can help you relax and develop better posture, preventing headaches and reducing your overall stress.

Get headache relief from the Greater Lowell Chiropractic & Rehabilitation team by scheduling online or calling now.

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