Over 90% of people will have at least one headache in their life. For some, occasional headaches can turn into a daily occurrence that disturbs both work and hobbies. In many cases, headaches aren't associated with a disease but are, instead, a result of daily habits and actions.
The most common triggers for headaches include stress, fatigue, lack of sleep, hunger, and caffeine withdrawal.
Why it Matters:
Being aware of the type of headache you have and its triggers is the first step towards finding relief.
Stress is often the primary cause of all types of headaches. It's important to remember that stress can be mental or physical. Physical stress can include muscle tension in your shoulders, head, and neck resulting from long hours at the computer, unbalanced posture, or a lack of regular exercise.
The three most common types of headaches include tension, sinus, and migraine headaches.
Did you know...
- Tension headaches are usually felt across the forehead and last a few hours.
- Sinus headaches typically occur in the face, last a few hours, and are seasonal.
- Migraine headaches are painful and often felt in the back of the head, temples, or eyes, can lasts a day or longer, and can produce sensitivity to light and sound.
Once you've identified the types of headaches you are usually affected by, you can begin taking proactive steps to reduce your risk. Getting enough rest and watching your caffeine intake is a good start.
Research has also found that spinal adjustments are often effective at reducing the frequency and severity of headaches. So if you've been suffering from headaches, we invite you to take the next step and reach out to learn more about how we can help.
Headache. Stanford Health Care. 2021.