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Headache and Migraine Treatment from our Naperville Chiropractor

Dr. Tim Erickson, your trusted chiropractor in Naperville, understands that tension headaches and migraines are more than just a pain. Gaining control of them means to regain the quality of life that is lost to their pain.

man holding head in pain from headaches and migrains

What’s the Difference between a Headache and a Migraine?


Generally called a “tension headache”, it is the most common, reported by almost three-fourths of all those who suffer headaches.  

Characteristics of a tension headache may include:

  • A continually dull, achy pain on either both side or one side of the head. Many patients say these feel like a tight band around their head or a persistent dull ache around the temples are behind the eyes.
  • Most often is progressive from dull to persistent pain.
  • Generally lasts from a few minutes or less than a week.
  • Often begins toward the middle of the day or at the end of the day.

Tension headaches can less than an hour to several days but chronic stress headaches may persist off on and on for several months. Though severe, a tension headache is not generally accompanied by nausea, vomiting, or throbbing.

Migraine Headaches

75% of patients with migraines are female. Some people report an attack one to four times per month while others don’t have another attack for up to a year.

Characteristics of a migraine can include:

  • Nausea
  • Sensitivity to bright light or loud noises
  • Intense, throbbing pain
  • Sometimes preceded by visual symptoms (aura) after some trigger.

Another kind of headache is called a cluster headache. Sometimes confused with migraines, these are what patients describe as blinding and excruciating. Unlike migraines, cluster headaches are more likely to affect men than women.

What Causes Chronic Headaches and Migraines

  • Emotional Factors - Depression, anxiety, and frustration are associated with the development of headaches.
  • Stress - Home life, school, the workplace, and traffic all produce their own kind of stress and unfortunately stress is the root of all headaches.
  • Triggers - Cluster headaches, in particular, can be triggered by certain odors, foods, hormonal changes, and weather.
  • Nitrates - Nitrate compounds dilate blood vessels and can be found in everything from heart medicine to hot dogs.

Treatment from our Naperville Chiropractor for Headaches and Migraines

We use chiropractic techniques that strengthen your own body's natural healing abilities. In effect, we enable your body to heal itself, relieving tension and chronic pain. Symmetry Chiropractic & Acupuncture encourages you to schedule an appointment to find relief for your headache. Speak to our chiropractor in Naperville by calling 630-983-1805.

Exclusive Offer!

New patients receive a free consultation!

Office Hours

Monday9:30 - 12:303:00 - 6:00
Tuesday9:30 - 12:303:00 - 6:00
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