Muscle Tension Headaches
Muscle tension headaches are the most common type of headache.  They account for about 75-80% of all types of headaches.  They have been described as a band-like tightness or pressure around the forehead or over the back of the head and neck.  Tension headaches usually begin gradually and usually get worse as the day progresses.  It is estimated at about 80% of the US population suffers from occasional tension headaches.
The cause of tension headaches is not fully understood.  They are thought to be related to tight and painful muscles in the head and neck.  Muscle tension may be caused by poor posture, fatigue, overexertion, lack of sleep or emotional stress.
Cervicogenic Headaches
Cervicogenic headaches originate from the joints and muscles of the neck and they are regarded as a type of referred pain to the head.  Cervicogenic headaches are thought to be caused by repeated or abnormal neck movement, a sustained awkward head position or poor sleeping posture.  The symptoms include neck pain, shoulder pain and pain that radiates to one side of the head. 
Migraine Headaches
Migraine headaches are a common type of headache.  They occur more frequently in women than men.  The mechanisms of migraine headaches are not fully understood, but they are thought to be associated with dilation and contraction of the blood vessels in the brain.  Migraine headaches are characterized by severe pain on one side of the head, a preceding visual disturbance and sometimes nausea or vomiting.  Migraine pain is often described as a throbbing type of pain.  Frequently, sensitivity to light may also occur with a migraine headache.  Some foods like aged meats and cheeses and some food additives can trigger a migraine headache.
Headaches that come on suddenly and are very severe should always be evaluated by your primary care physician. 

Chiropractic has been shown to be helpful in the treatment of some types of headaches.

Dr. McGee has been a practicing chiropractor for over 30 years.

His office is located at 1330 East Arlington Blvd., Greenville , NC.
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