Most people are prone to headaches in different parts of the head and neck, with pain ranging from mild to severe.
The majority of headaches are not serious, although they can be annoying and extremely painful. Managing the pain with medication can be helpful if the problem doesn’t persist, and, in the long term, changes in lifestyle may offer a solution.
The most common types of headache are tension and migraine, which account for 90% of all headaches, and although doctors do not consider them to be life threatening, they can significantly affect a persons quality of life if left untreated.
The remaining, other types, include cluster and secondary headaches which are caused by some underlying disease process.
Chiropractors and some doctors have recognised another category – the cervicogenic headache which is caused by restriction in the spinal joints of the neck. It is considered by some professionals to be a type of tension headache and may contribute to migraine and tension headaches.
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