Here's The Difference Between Tension And Migraine Headaches

Hello everyone.

Dr Brad Ivanchuk here. I am a Burlington, Ontario chiropractor at Life Chiropractic Centre on Guelph Line. I am also an American Posture Institute Certified Posture Expert and Postural Neurologist, and a canfitpro certified Personal Training Specialist.
Most likely everyone reading this has had a headache at one time or another. A sinus headache, a cluster headache, a tension headache, a migraine etc.

In fact over 8% of the population or 2.7 million Canadians have been diagnosed with migraines. And almost everyone has experienced a tension headache to some degree.

So, what is the difference between a tension headache and a migraine (arguably the 2 most common types of headaches)?

Tension headaches are typically a steady ache and stiffness in the neck – usually along the base of the skull. The pain can often times radiate to the top of the head or even to the forehead/eyes/temples.

Migraines on the other hand are much more severe, intense, piercing and often times incapacitating. They usually happen on one side of the head and are associated with an aura (visual disturbance), nausea and vomiting.

There are many different causes of headaches; lack of sleep, poor diet, medication side-effects, sports injuries, car accidents, whiplash, concussions etc. but posture is a very important and often-times overlooked consideration.

Forward Head Posture (Tech Neck) is not only associated with neck pain and back pain, but it is also associated with headaches as well.
With every inch the average 12 pound head shifts forwards, there is an extra 10 pounds of load put on the neck and upper back muscles to hold the head upright.

One inch of forward head posture then will put 22 pounds of load on the neck and shoulders,
2 inches – 32 pounds, 3 inches – 42 pounds and so forth. I recently had a patient with 5 inches of forward head posture and the load on his neck and shoulders was over 60 pounds!!

He had excruciating headaches and neck pain, and his family doc told him to just take more pain-killers. As if his forward head posture was due to a lack of medication?!

The more that we interact with technology (computers, laptops, tablets, cell phones etc.), the more likely we are to develop Tech Neck.
The good news is that there are many research studies showing that chiropractic care is highly effective for patients who suffer from tension headaches and migraines both.

So, if you or anyone in your family is struggling with headaches, I would like to invite you in for a free initial consultation. Remember that these also include a free detailed posture scan. And when we review your posture scan together I will tell you if I will be able to

The number to call to schedule your free initial consultation is 905 335 LIFE (5433).

Remember that good posture is by design and not by circumstance.

Life Chiropractic Centre … helping families just like yours build vibrant, healthy, drug-free lives for over 25 years in Burlington, Ontario.

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