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What is it?

One of the most common symptoms encountered, headaches can range from mild to severe. The most common form is a tension headache, which results from muscular tension in the head and neck and feels like a pressing or tightening sensation on both sides of the head.

Tension headache does not generally have other symptoms, while migraine and cluster headache are generally accompanied by other symptoms including sensory changes, nausea and lengthy duration. Only your doctor can diagnose which type of headache you have.

Key Points:

  • Very common occurrence in the US population
  • Tension headaches are the most common form—occurring in 70% of males and 90% of females at some time in their lives
  • The majority of headaches do not have a serious cause, but some may be caused by a severe illness or condition, so it is important to consult a doctor if you are experiencing them regularly
  • Some headaches have a trigger such as time of day, day of the week, weather, scents or a hormonal cycle. Keeping track of triggers will help your doctor identify and treat you.
  • Headache can be life-altering for patients who experience moderate to severe pain. Proper treatment is essential for these patients to resume their normal life activities.

How do we treat it?

There are many different types of headaches, and each type has unique characteristics. In order to treat someone with chronic headaches, we must diagnose the type of headache properly and then identify probable causes underlying the issue.

We will be with you every step of the way through this process, which may include lab work, diagnostic imaging, food diary, or other procedures. It may be that your headaches are linked to nervous system or hormonal issues, musculo-skeletal problems, or detoxification pathways that are not functioning properly.

In addition to customized naturopathic care including dietary and remedies prescribed specifically for you, we offer acupuncture and craniosacral therapy, both of which have been successful for pain relief in patients with chronic headaches.

Over time, patients find that they have less frequent and severe headaches and that they have the tools they need to stop a headache at the beginning stages, before it becomes a full-blown event.

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