275 Madison E 40th St.

Contact: 212-986-3888

275 Madison E 40th St.

Contact: 212-986-3888

Headache Causes

Know this – It’s not in your he ad. The pain that has manifested in your head – and stiffened your neck muscles – is more than likely caused by a form of cervical spine manipulation.

  • Pinched nerves
  • Torque and tension in the neck
  • Imbalance in muscles
  • Pulling from the shoulder
  • Stiff vertebra joints
  • Adhesions in neck muscles
  • Low-grade spasms

The Headache

Headache pain results when brain, blood vessels, head muscles, and surrounding nerves send pain signals to the brain. Headaches come in the form of:

  • Tension
  • Cluster
  • Migraine

Why these signals activate headache pain is not certain. Some headaches are a hereditary condition. For instance, 90 percent of those who experience migraine headaches have family members suffering from migraines. Too much physical activity may also trigger migraine headaches.

Headache Causes

Acute-onset headaches occur suddenly and are typically caused by an illness, infection, cold, or fever. Common conditions that cause an acute headache are inflammation or infection of the:

  • Sinuses – diagnosed as sinusitis
  • Throat – diagnosed as pharyngitis
  • Ears – diagnosed as otisis

Injuries – blows to the head or other trauma – will result in headache pain.

The tension headache – a chronic non-progressive headache – is head pain resulting from:

  • Family- and friend-induced emotional stress
  • Work or school related stress
  • Alcohol abuse
  • Overuse of medications
  • Tension
  • Depression
  • Disturbed sleep
  • Skipped meals
  • Eyestrain
  • Neck strain
  • Back strain

Environmental Cause of Headaches

Certain environmental factors can trigger headaches:

  • Smoking tobacco
  • Exposure to secondhand tobacco smoke
  • Household chemicals
  • Perfumes
  • Allergens
  • Foods – e.g. gluten
  • Pollution
  • Noise
  • Lighting
  • Weather changes

Our mission at Spine and Sports Medicine is to take away your headaches and give you back your quality of life – pain free with more energy. To feel like yourself again, contact Dr. Brian Kessler and discover how Spine and Sports Medicine’s all-encompassing pain management treatment services can bring you relief from your headaches.

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