Headaches Versus Migraines in Calgary
With an estimated 45 million people living with the effects of chronic headaches, it is important to be educated about the types of the most common headaches, and how to tell them apart from migraines. Of the 45 million headache sufferers, 28 million have migraines. This amounts to approximately 46% of adults worldwide that deal with some type of migraine or headache disorder on a day-to-day basis.1
Headaches come in many categories. Two of the more commonly experienced types are tension headaches and sinus headaches. In order to be able to distinguish the difference between these and a migraine, we must look at the symptoms that accompany the pain.
The pain of tension or sinus headaches can be very distracting, but not debilitating as in the case of migraines
If the pain is located only on one side of the head, it is more likely a migraine
Nausea and vomiting accompanying headache is typically the hallmark of a migraine
Sensitivity to light and sound is rare with tension or sinus type headaches, but more common in migraine sufferers2
Migraine Headache Relief Calgary AB
In Calgary, there is a way to achieve relief of your headaches that addresses the symptoms. Upper cervical chiropractor Dr. Jean-Paul Bohemier focuses on restoring the normal, proper alignment of the top two vertebrae in the neck, the Atlas (C1) and the Axis (C2). These two bones form the protective mechanism around the brainstem, which has a profound impact on nervous system function. Since migraines and other headache types can be classified as neurovascular (concerning the nerves and blood supply), regaining proper function through normal biomechanics in the upper cervical spine can contribute to relief for many sufferers.
- Stovner LJ, Hagen K, Jensen R, Katsarva Z, Lipton R, Scher A, Steiner T, Zwart JA. The global burden of headache: a documentation of headache prevalence and disability worldwide. Cephalgia 2007; 27(3):193-210.
- Goadsby PJ, Hutchinson S, Peterlin BL. Migraine fact sheet | womenshealth.gov. [homepage on the Internet]. 2012 [cited 2015 Apr 17]. Available from: Office on Women’s Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Web site: http://womenshealth.gov/publications/our-publications/fact-sheet/migraine.html
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