Crippling headaches can ruin a relaxing weekend, prevent you from playing with your kids, or force you to miss work. If you suffer from headaches that won’t go away, make an appointment online or by phone to see Dr. Troy Allam at Craig Ranch Chiropractic in McKinney, Texas. He and his friendly staff are determined to get to the root of the problem and figure out what’s causing your headaches. They also work hard to figure out how best to prevent and manage your headaches so you can get back to life without stressing about when the next one will put you out of action.
Most headaches can be classified as either primary or secondary. Primary headaches include:
These are the most common kind, and some people suffer from them daily. Tension headaches feel like pressure, dull pain or tightness in the back of your head or your forehead.
These are the second most common kind, often recurring and affecting one side of the head with intense throbbing pain. They can also result in nausea and sensitivity to light and sound.
These are less common headaches that recur usually over a period of days or weeks and are usually limited to one side of the head, often behind the eye.
Secondary headaches are those that are usually the result of an underlying condition affecting the neck or head.
Dr. Allam takes into account your symptoms to help identify what might be triggering your headaches. Lifestyle factors, environmental factors, and underlying conditions can all cause headaches.
Abnormal chemical activity in your brain typically causes primary headaches. Nerves or blood vessels in your brain or the muscles that make up your head and neck play a role. Genetics can be a factor too. Some primary headaches are the result of poor habits, including:
Secondary headaches can typically be traced to underlying conditions. Analyzing symptoms helps Dr. Allam decode what causes them. Some conditions that can cause secondary headaches include:
Dr. Allam asks questions about your daily routine to uncover patterns that might provide clues about your headaches. Since lifestyle and environment factors might be at play, he needs to rule out causes and narrow down what might or might not be triggering your headaches. For example, if Dr. Allam ascertains that certain workplace environments such as light or loud sounds are causing your migraines, he recommends specific modifications you can make to reduce the chances of continuing to get migraines.
Dr. Allam and his staff offer comprehensive nutritional counseling that can help you make changes to your diet that might be causing headaches in your daily life. If you’re looking for pain relief from migraines, Dr. Allam performs soft tissue massage therapy that, among other things, stimulates neuromuscular function, which can help against nerve-related causes of certain headaches.