Dr. William K. Haley


Serving the East Bay communities of Walnut Creek - Concord - Lafayette - Martinez for more than 25 years

Migraines & Headaches

So you have a headache but what kind of headache do you have? Is it recurring? There different types of headaches ...which one you have is of great importance to remedy your pain and avoid future headaches.

There are three main types of headaches to be concerned about, generaly speaking, but if your headache is getting progressively worse and accompanied by any of these symptoms: high fever, vomiting, throbbing, blurry vision, or feeling confused-get medical help immediately. You certainly don't want to be experiencing either a stoke, brain hemorage or damage or some other life threatening condition.

headaches and migraines

The three main types of headaches are Stress Headaches, Migraine Headaches, and Cluster Headaches:

Stress Headaches:

Also referred to as chronic daily headaches, these are muscle contraction headaches are often described by people as a constant dull pain, achy feeling on one or bot sides of the head. Sometimes around the head, temples, forehead, or behind the eyes. This can come and go over a period of time. What causes these types of headaches? Bad Posture which can stress the spine and muscles in the upper back and neck. These muscles are closest to the spine and at the base of the head. Stress at the base of the head behind the nasal cavity and in the back of the throat causes sinus headaches.

Subluxations in the upper-back and neck are the common reasons why we get stress headaches. A visit to an experienced Chiropractor can help adjust these subluxations and give you relief from your stress headache. If your under a lot of stress in your life, stress hormones can alter the level of certain chemicals in the brain, which may contribute to headaches as well.

Migraine Headaches:

Your muscles at the sides of your neck get excessively tense and a dull ache develops into a constant, throbbing pain inside your head. You may be feeling this pain at the temples, as well as the front or back of one side of your head. The pain is usually accompanied by nausea and vomiting, and sensitivity to light and noise.

What is going on in my head? A constriction of the blood vessels in your brain is followed by a dilation of blood vessels. This decrease and increase in blood flow accounts for both visual and pounding headache symptoms. Chiropractic care can help migraine headaches just as is help stress headaches along with making some lifestyle changes.

Cluster Headaches:

Cluster headache is highly recognizable because it occurs in bouts (clusters), one to four times per day over a period of several days and usually at the same time every year. Although, in some case, it may take years before they occur again. Usually it is felt on only one side of the head and behind your eyes. Headache attacks last from 15 to 180 minutes and occur once every other day to up to 8 times daily. During an attack, you may experience nasal congestion, runny nose, forehead and facial sweating, dropping eyelids or eyelid swelling, restless or agitated due to excruciating pain. A good Chiropractic Maintenance Program can help in reducing cluster headaches.