Headaches Specialist

Total Health Solutions -  - Integrative Medicine Practice

Total Health Solutions

Integrative Medicine Practice located in Milton, GA

Do you find yourself reaching for pain medication every time you feel a headache coming on? At Total Health Solutions in Milton, Georgia, the team understands how debilitating chronic headaches can be. That’s why they offer a number of noninvasive headache treatments that don’t rely on medication for long-term relief. If you’re suffering from headaches, call the experts at Total Health Solutions or book an appointment online.

Headaches Q&A

What is a headache?

A headache is characterized by pain in the head, face, or upper neck. There are many structures in the head and face that can cause this often debilitating pain, including nerves, blood vessels, muscles, jaw, eyes, skin, ears, nose, and mouth.

Are there different types of headaches?

There are many different types of headaches, but the most common include:

Tension headache

Very common in teens and adults, tension headaches cause tightness, dull pain, or pressure in your forehead, back of the head, or neck. 

Cluster headache

Cluster headaches are severe types of headaches that cause an intense feeling or burning or piercing behind your eyes. They tend to occur in groups and can last anywhere from 15 minutes to three hours.

Sinus headache

If you feel deep pressure in your forehead, nose, or cheekbones, you may have a sinus headache. These headaches are caused by inflamed sinuses and can be accompanied by a runny nose or inner-ear pressure.

Migraine

Migraines are often described as throbbing pain that lasts anywhere from four hours to three days or more. In addition to constant pain, you may experience light and noise sensitivity, nausea, loss of appetite, blurry vision, and fatigue.

What causes headaches?

A headache can be caused by something as simple as a skipped meal or as serious as a stroke. Some of the most common reasons people experience headaches are:

  • Cervical nerve impingement
  • Dehydration
  • Poor sleep
  • Stress
  • Temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMJ)
  • Hypertension (high blood pressure)
  • Ear infection
  • Cold/flu
  • Meningitis
  • Poor posture
  • Medication overuse
  • Diet

No matter what type of headache you have, the Total Health Solutions team can run diagnostic tests to determine the cause of your pain. By treating the root of the pain, rather than the symptoms, you can lead a higher quality of life without chronic pain.

How are headaches treated?

Total Health Solutions uses functional therapies and techniques to reduce headaches, rather than medication. Highly effective headache treatments to consider include:

Chiropractic care

Research has shown that most headaches come from pressure on the nerves at the base of the skull and upper neck.  Chiropractic adjustments to the upper neck have been proven to be extremely effective at reducing nerve pressure and relieving headaches, many times instantaneously.

Physical therapy

If your headaches are caused by underlying conditions like neck pain, poor posture, or TMJ, targeted stretches and exercises can help relieve your headache symptoms.

Nutritional counseling

Chronic headaches are often caused by vitamin deficiencies, malnutrition, or a poor diet that’s high in sugar, simple carbohydrates, and processed foods. Nutritional counseling can help reduce headache pain, brain fog, fatigue, and more.

For ways to reduce your chronic headaches, call the team at Total Health Solutions for a comprehensive evaluation or book an appointment online.