Can Chiropractic Care Help with Cluster Headaches?
If you’ve ever experienced the pain of a cluster headache, you’re fully aware that it’s a pain like no other. Commonly recognized as the most painful type of headache, with the onset being immediate and the pain extreme, it can be more debilitating than any other type of headache. Cluster headache pain is excruciating, typically starting behind or around one eye. Many people describe the pain as burning, piercing, and throbbing. The affected eye can also have drooping, sweating, tearing, and redness. Along with these symptoms, the nose may be stuffy. The painful sensations may also extend to the forehead, cheek area, and neck. They can last anywhere from 15 minutes to 3 hours and can occur up to 3 times a day for several days in a row. This is usually followed by a time of remission when the headaches stop. The reason they’re called cluster headaches is that they come on in clusters and typically occur multiple times back to back before going away for a while. Sometimes the relief is longer, but other times it is short-lived, and then the cycle starts all over again. When the pain stops, the main question our practice members want to know is how they can keep that pain from ever happening again. Here at Vitality Precision Chiropractic, we are here to assist you in the healing process by addressing the root cause of your cluster headaches.
What Causes Cluster Headaches?
Since cluster headaches seem to come on so randomly, it may feel impossible to identify the triggers that cause these headaches. Unlike other types of headaches, they aren’t associated with triggers like food or stress. The only known cause of these headaches is found within the trigeminal nerve. This nerve travels through the base of the brain up into your face and is responsible for all of the sensations you have in your face. Medications commonly prescribed by medical doctors for cluster headaches may bring temporary relief, but the side effects and risks associated with taking them are concerning, and the relief is far from permanent.
What Gets Rid of Cluster Headaches?
Thankfully, Rochester Hills chiropractors Dr. Brendan Shanahan and Dr. Thomas Madigan are no strangers to this type of headache. They can bring about much-needed relief by gently adjusting your spine so proper nerve function is restored and long-term relief from the cycle is found.
Everyone has experienced a headache at some point in their lives. However, when this pain starts to interfere with everyday life, you know it’s time to seek help! If you or someone you care about is suffering from cluster headaches, please be encouraged that relief is possible! Our dedicated team at Vitality Precision Chiropractic in Rochester Hills would love to serve you! Book an appointment with Dr. Thomas Madigan or Dr. Brendan Shanahan today!