A migraine headache can be totally debilitating and significantly affect a person’s daily routine during the course of an attack. Along with considerable localized pain, symptoms include dizziness, visual problems, nausea, vomiting, redness and swelling. Some of these symptoms are recognized as indicators as they may appear before the actual pain of the migraine begins. Migraine pain is experienced most often in the temples, but can be found anywhere on the head, neck and face. Attacks can last a few hours or a few days.
Most medical professionals classify migraines as either classical or common, with the classical migraine being a headache that follows an event such as numbness or tingling, the appearance of an aura of flashes of light or for many, a noticeable halo effect around the head. Common migraines (which are three times more common than classic migraines) differ in that no aura is experienced, but they can be just as troublesome. Unfortunately, migraines are quite common with nearly 30 million Americans reporting they experience some form of migraine headache.
Here are a few words from clients who have found relief through our treatments.
The Cluster Headache
Closely related to the common or classic migraine, the cluster headache is recognizable when the pain comes on abruptly, high in the nostrils and spreads to the area around the eyes (most often on one side or the other). Many patients report considerable pain in the forehead and surrounding area. Cluster headaches are still a bit of a mystery as they often subside as quickly as they begin. They can occur several times a day with episodes lasting days or weeks.
Causes of Headache
The causes of headaches are wide ranging. They can be caused by cervical (neck) problems, poor diet, food sensitivities, autoimmune problems, metabolic inflammation, stress, poor sleeping habits and TMJ issues. Other environmental problems such as chemical sensitivities, biotoxic illness and medication side-effects can also be at the root of your headache problem.
At Chronic Care of Richmond, we will do all the appropriate testing to determine the cause or causes of your headaches and set you on the right path.
If you would like to have more information or to set up a consultation and see how we can help you (or someone you know) reduce the effects of migraine, common or cluster headaches, give us a call at 804-740-7105 to schedule an appointment.
I decided to go see Dr. Snyder because my friend referred me to his office. I was having multiple problems such as: #1. Headaches – Sometimes they were so bad that I didn’t want to get out of bed! Obviously this affected my work ethic. #2. Lower Back Pain – Sometimes it was hard to make sudden movements or get out of a chair. #3. Fatigue – Obviously this is not good especially when working with very energetic children. Since beginning treatment with Dr. Snyder, I have more energy which equals better moods! No headaches and no back pain. I just feel better in general and people have commented on my positive attitude! ~ B. Bowen
I have suffered from horrible migraine headaches almost daily for the past 8 years. My energy level was down. I never felt fully rested and I also suffered from severe back pain. I had tried over-the-counter meds, prescription pills, physical therapy, yoga, and went to see an orthopedist. All seemed to help for a short while then the pain returned. After treatment with Dr. Snyder, I have NOT had a single headache! My energy level has improved and my neck feels so much better! My sinuses were also bothering me before chiropractic. I have noticed that I am less congested now. I sleep better and I feel much less stressed immediately after my adjustments! ~ D. Blalock
I had been having lower back and headaches before seeing Dr. Snyder. Since beginning treatment, I have been feeling some relief from my lower back and NO headaches! I’m more relaxed and more aware of unnecessary stress placed on my back through repetitive motion. His office has flexible hours, great staff, friendly, courteous, and a great environment! ~ P. Langfitt
I tried alternatives for my headaches but I was told that the cause was that I was sleeping irregularly. I was prescribed sleeping pills which did not help and the headaches never went anywhere. Before treatment with Dr. Snyder, I had major headaches. They affected every aspect of my life : work, home, friends; I didn’t want to do anything. Since receiving treatment, I only have a few headaches and they are much less intense. I don’t have to worry about making plans or not going out because of a headache. ~ C. Padgett
I decided to see Dr. Snyder because my medication was not showing results. Initially, I had migraines/headaches, lower back pain, poor posture, and arthritis pain. Some benefits that I have seen since beginning care with Dr. Snyder are that my posture has improved (easier to keep my shoulders back), less pain in my lower back, and the migraines/headaches are less frequent. I also have less tension and life is good again! ~ D. Tiller