Most headaches aren’t serious and can be treated, such as getting more rest and drinking enough fluids.
Headaches have many different causes but can generally be split into two types:
· primary headaches – those not due to another underlying health problem
· secondary headaches – which have a separate cause, such as illness.
These are described in more detail below.
Tension headaches are the most common, and what we think of as normal everyday headaches.
They feel like a dull ache with constant pressure around the front, top and sides of the head as if a rubber band has been stretched around it. Stress is one cause, but there are lots of others, including drinking too much alcohol, not getting enough sleep, depression, skipping meals and becoming dehydrated.
Migraines are less common. If a headache is recurrent and disabling to the point of stopping you from carrying on with daily life, it may be a migraine.
People describe migraines as a pounding or throbbing pain on one or both sides of the head.
Cluster headaches are a third type of primary headache. These excruciatingly painful headaches cause an intense pain around one eye. They're rare and are called cluster headaches because they happen in clusters for a month or two at a time around the same time of year.
These include headaches that come on after drinking too much alcohol or after a head injury or concussion.
You may also get a headache when you’ve had:
- a cold
- an allergic reaction
Medication and painkiller headaches
Some headaches are a side effect of taking a particular medication and frequent headaches can also be caused by taking too many painkillers.
Headaches in women are often caused by hormones, and many women notice a link with their periods. The Pill, the menopause and pregnancy are also potential triggers.
Temporomandibular joint disorders
Headaches are one of the symptoms of temporomandibular joint disorders (TJDs). TJDs affect the joint between the lower jaw and the base of the skull.
It has been estimated that approximately 20-30% of the adult population will experience a TJD at some point.
Symptoms usually last for a few months before getting better.
Giant cell arteritis (temporal arteritis)
Giant cell arteritis (GCA) is a condition in which medium and large arteries, usually in the head and neck, become inflamed. It usually affects adults over 60 years old.
Giant cell arteritis should be regarded as a medical emergency and you should contact your GP immediately if you suddenly develop:
· a severe headache
· jaw pain when eating
· blurred or double vision
· a sore scalp
How CryoStimulation can help you?
If these symptoms sound familiar, you may consider seeking the treatment of a Taste of Ice. We have great experience in treating headaches. With Local Cryo-Stimulation, headaches can be immedialtly treated and the benefits can be felt immediately. The cold Cryo-Stimulation temperatures (-170 C) trigger your body to release anti-inflammatories to be released throughout your blood finding and soothing the affected areas. The alternate periods of vasoconstriction and vasodilation affect the capillary blood flow and it is across the capillary membrane that tissue fluid can be removed from the area and returned in the systemic circulation. Increased circulation allows more nutrients and repair substances into the damaged areas.