What Are the Different Types of Headaches

Just about everyone knows what it’s like to have a headache. But not everyone will experience every type of headache. You may be surprised to learn that there are over 150 different types of headaches. Regardless of the type of headache you have, if the recurring pain is interfering with your quality of life, chiropractic care can ease your symptoms.

Learn about the differences between four of the most common types of headaches and go over them with your chiropractor.


Tension headaches cause a dull, aching sensation all over your head. You might feel as though you have a band tightly around your head. You might also feel tightness or tension in your neck and shoulders. Stress is a common trigger for tension headaches.   

Here’s how to know you’re having one:


While often confused with tension headaches, migraines differ in their symptoms and intensity. Migraines typically cause pain that is so intense it can be disabling. You may feel a severe throbbing sensation that is usually isolated to one side of your head.

What really sets migraines apart is that they’re usually accompanied by symptoms such as nausea and vomiting.

You may also notice am extreme sensitivity to light. Everyone experiences some level of light sensitivity, but a bright light that doesn’t faze most people might be unbearably bright to migraine sufferers.

Here’s what to look out for in migraine headaches:


Even though cluster headaches don’t tend to last very long, they’re usually extremely painful. This rare type of headache occurs in a cyclical pattern and is one of the most painful types of headaches you can get. You may notice that you get an attack at the same time each day.

Bouts of these series of headaches can last for weeks or even months. Each episode can last from 30 to 90 minutes, and you may have one or two a day. Some adults experience long periods without any cluster headaches before attacks surface without warning.

Here’s how to tell if you’re having cluster headaches:


If you’ve ever had a cold or a sinus infection, chances are you’ve experienced a sinus headache. These occur when pressure builds up in your sinuses from inflammation and congestion. The symptoms of a sinus headache get better once the sinus inflammation decreases. For this reason, it’s often referred to as a secondary headache.

Here’s how it differs from other headaches:

How Chiropractic Care Helps

Chiropractic treatment for headaches involves using various techniques to manipulate your spine. This approach stimulates your body’s own ability to heal itself and triggers the release of pain-relieving chemicals. Your provider will give you a thorough evaluation before deciding on the best course of action. Many headache sufferers find that spinal adjustments bring significant pain relief.

Don’t live with the pain of recurring headaches. Visit Dr. Lund for effective treatment to relieve your symptoms. Call today for a consultation or use our online booking tool.

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