Headache Types and How to Find Relief 

 October 7, 2016

By  Dr. Todd Osborne

Migraine, Migraines, Headache, Headaches, Head Pain, Migraine Headaches, Migraine Relief, Headache Relief, Tension Headache, Tension Headaches, Migraine Headaches, Migraine Headaches ReliefAnyone that has ever had a headache or a migraine will attest to the fact that they are not easy to cope with. More frustrating than that is trying to find help for them that is effective, long-lasting, and has no dangerous side-effects. It is commonly believed that headaches and migraines are the same things, one just being worse than the other, but that is not correct. They are actually quite different. Here are some ways to distinguish one from the other:


  • Common migraine: Very painful headaches that include light and sound sensitivity, nausea, vomiting, and dizziness.
  • Classic migraine: Similar to the common migraine, but accompanied by an aura (temporary visual or sensory disturbances that occur before the migraine symptoms).


  • Tension headache: Dull, throbbing pain with a feeling of tightness across the forehead or back of head and neck.
  • Cluster headache: Extremely painful, affecting one side of the head, usually around the eye, presenting with watery, red eye, runny nose, sweating, and restlessness.
  • Cervicogenic headache: This is a secondary headache, meaning the pain is coming from a different area and causing the headache. In this case, the pain comes from a stiff or painful neck and travels to the head.

What Can Be Done for Headaches?

Much time has been spent researching ways to help people with headaches. New scientific research has helped the medical field to begin to understand headaches and migraines better. Neurovascular is a term that relates to the brain, blood flow, and the way the head is positioned on the upper neck. If a misalignment has occurred in the top vertebrae of the neck, the atlas bone, it may be the underlying cause of migraines and headaches alike.

Upper cervical chiropractors are trained in the latest techniques that can help us pinpoint the exact area that is affected and begin to correct that problem. Research shows that many have been relieved of their symptoms in as little as one specific adjustment by an upper cervical chiropractor.

To find an upper cervical specialist in your area go to http://www.NUCCA.org or if you are in the Chattanooga, Tennessee area CALL 423-402-4602 to schedule a consultation

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Dr. Todd Osborne

Dr. Todd Osborne has completed extensive post-graduate education in Activator Methods, and has hundreds of hours in continuing education in Upper Cervical Chiropractic, Neurology, and is a Board Certified Atlas Orthogonist, certified by the Atlas Orthogonal Board and Sherman College of Chiropractic.

Dr. Todd Osborne

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