Cluster Headaches

Treatment for Cluster Headaches from Optimal Health Chiropractic and Massage in Edmonds

Tension headaches and even migraine headaches are fairly common (if debilitating) problems among the American population, but a tiny percentage experience of individuals experience another, particularly brutal kind of head pain. Cluster headaches are sometimes referred to as "suicide headaches," and if you've ever had one, you probably understand why. Fortunately, you can get these horrific headaches under control, safely and non-pharmaceutically, through the natural treatment options our Edmonds chiropractors provide here at Optimal Health Chiropractic and Massage.

man holding the side of his face from cluster headache pain

What is a Cluster Headache?

Most headaches tend to come on slowly, building in symptom severity until you're experiencing a full-blown attack. Even migraines often give advance warnings through visual auras and other early symptoms. By contrast, a cluster headache can attack from out of nowhere at full force. These headaches are characterized by sharp, severe pain in or around one eye. (The eye may even show symptoms of its own, such as redness, watering, and eyelid drooping.) Pain may radiate to the temple or face. A cluster headache may last for a few hours or only for a few minutes but as the name suggests, they come in waves. Sufferers may experience many cluster headaches a day over a period of weeks or months, and every one of those headaches can prove profoundly debilitating. 

The causes of cluster headaches remain somewhat unclear. Men get them more frequently than women, and alcohol can set them off, suggesting a biochemical abnormality. They have also been associated with alignment problems in the neck's C1 and/or C2 vertebrae.

How Chiropractic Treatment Can Help Control Cluster Headaches

Cluster headaches are difficult to treat with drugs because they come and go so quickly -- and drugs can't resolve the underlying causes and triggers. This is where chiropractic treatment at Optimal Health Chiropractic and Massage can prove extraordinarily valuable. Our chiropractic team can identify even tiny misalignment issues in the C1 and C2 vertebrae. Correcting these problems through safe, gentle adjustments can significantly reduce your cluster headache agonies. In addition to relieving tension in the cervical joints and neck muscles, our chiropractic adjustments can improve the flow of nerve signals between the brain and the body. This can help normalize all of your systemic functions, including the biochemical imbalances that may contribute to cluster headaches.

Head Away From Cluster Headaches with Treatment from our Chiropractor in Edmonds!

If cluster headaches are crowding in on your quality of life, make a move away from them by paying a visit to Optimal Health Chiropractic and Massage. Call (425) 361-1839 to schedule a spinal evaluation and treatment with our chiropractor in Edmonds, WA!

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