Headaches occur when the nerves in your blood vessels and head muscles transmit pain signals to the brain. Usually, headaches are “primary,” meaning they are not symptoms of a separate, underlying issue, such as a tumor or glaucoma. Primary headaches are triggered by all sorts of stimuli, from foods to insomnia. Most of the time, primary headaches are connected to tension in the neck muscles. Headache pain ranges from annoying to debilitating. They account for the greatest number of days missed from work and school. The majority of headache suffers, 70%, are women, while some 20% of children and teens also suffer significant headaches.
Primary headaches are usually classified by their symptoms. The most common types are:
Dr. Inlow always begins by diagnosing the cause of each patient’s headache. Possible causes are numerous. They range from teeth clenching during sleep to sitting hunched over a computer all day. Once the reason is determined, Dr. Inlow works with each patient to create a customized treatment plan. It may entail one or multiple approaches. Among those commonly used are:
At Valley Chiropractic & Sports Medicine, we accept most major medical insurance plans. Here is a short-list of just some of the most popular plans we accept. Please contact at our office if you do not see your insurance provider listed here.