Cluster Headaches and Chiropractic Care

Cluster headaches are so named because they occur in groups or clusters, and they are some of the most painful headaches a person can experience, even more intensely painful than a migraine. They’re sometimes known as “alarm clock headaches” because those who are afflicted with cluster headaches often wake up in the middle of the night with intense pain. Make no mistake, these headaches are no fun whatsoever.

A cluster headache comes on suddenly, without the normal warning signs that occur before other types of intense headache. Cluster headaches are somewhat predictable in that they have characteristic symptoms, which can include:

  • Excruciating pain that is usually located in or around one eye that can radiate to other areas of the face or head.
  • Pain which is typically on one side of the head.
  • Restlessness or irritability.
  • Excessive redness and watering of the eye that is affected.
  • Nasal congestion on one side of the face.
  • An increase in sweat production in the face.
  • Drooping of the affected eye lid.
  • Swelling or redness on one side of the face.

People who suffer from cluster headaches often describe the pain as a searing, burning sensation similar to what they would imagine being stuck with a red-hot poker. The majority of people with this condition seem to prefer pacing or rocking back and forth to soothe the pain, rather than lying still like most migraine sufferers.

If you suffer from cluster headaches, or really any kind of headache at all, your Chiropractor is an excellent resource to help you learn how to deal with the debilitating pain. Medical science is not sure exactly what causes a headache; however, regular chiropractic adjustment will keep your spine aligned and the nerve pathways firing at their optimum ability. This can lead to a reduction in the frequency and severity of a headache.

During your first meeting, your Chiropractor will do a full assessment of your neck and spine to make the adjustments that will help promote your body’s own ability to heal itself. This can be just what your body needs to help reduce pain without the use of dangerous, habit-forming prescription drugs or invasive surgeries.

If you suffer from cluster headaches, be sure to let your Chiropractic team know. They can work with you to get the relief that you’re searching for. Chiropractic care is very effective at complementing mainstream medical science, so you can continue with standard medical treatment without worrying about your Chiropractic care interfering. While your Chiropractor may not be able to cure you entirely, he or she can definitely help you to keep your body healthier and better able to fight the pain and suffering associated with cluster headaches.


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