The Many Types of Headaches

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Headaches are a fairly common part of the human experience that create an annoying pain for a couple of hours on some days. But there are many more severe headaches that go beyond the garden variety. Browse this rundown of common types of headaches provided by AIMS Clinic to see available headache pain treatments and symptoms so you’ll know how to get back to your normal self quickly and easily.

Tension Headaches

Odds are, you’ve experienced a tension headache sometime in your life. This type of headache delivers an aching feeling throughout your head and may last up to a few hours. Often times, these headaches are triggered by stress. If you find yourself getting these headaches chronically, developing strategies on how to deal with stress can be helpful.

Cluster Headaches

If your pain is more extreme, it may be a cluster headache. This type of headache is exemplified by sharp, burning pain behind an eye, or on one side of your head. This pain may also be accompanied by nasal congestion and tearing in the affected eye. Cluster headaches are more likely to occur in the fall and spring, and afflict men three times as often as women. These headaches get their name because they happen daily for up to months in a row. Once one of these clusters is over, your symptoms will go away.


Migraine headaches cause yet another type of pain in your head. They involve deep, pulsing pain and usually occur just on one side. This pain may also cause sensitivity to light and sound, as well as nausea and vomiting. In contrast to cluster headaches, women are three times more likely to experience a migraine than men.

For some people, a migraine will be preceded by seeing flashing lights, stars and other patterns and blind spots in their vision. This phenomenon is called an aura, and can also cause tingling on one side of the face.

Sinus Headaches

Caused by an allergic reaction or sinus infection, sinus headaches create constant pressure on your cheeks, nose and forehead. These symptoms are often confused with migraines, so if you are unsure about the type of headache you are experiencing, be sure to see a medical professional. If the headache is caused by a sinus infection, other common symptoms will accompany it, including a runny nose, fever and a swollen face. People who suffer from seasonal allergies will be more susceptible to this kind of headache.


At AIMS Clinic, we have developed treatments that can provide relief from these types of headaches without the use of over-the-counter or prescription drugs. Some of the ways that we accomplish this include:

  • Physical therapy: A specific plan for your situation will be created that may involve, but is not limited to, strength and endurance exercises for the neck and upper back, electrical stimulation, soft tissue massage and cold and heat therapy.
  • Chiropractic care: Spinal manipulation and adjustments can alleviate stress and improve spinal function, while proper posture and relaxation techniques can ease joint irritation and muscle tension.
  • Acupuncture: One of the longest utilized treatments for headaches in the world, acupuncture especially helps relieve tension and migraine headaches
  • Medical treatment for chemical imbalances: Identifying and correcting hormonal and elemental imbalances can help promote good health overall and reduce headache pain.
  • Nutritional Services: A good diet can help eliminate toxins and identify sensitivities to certain foods, which improves your health status.

Know the Difference

There are several more varieties of headaches that can affect you, but the ones covered in this post are the types you will experience most often. Now that you know the symptoms of each, you can seek out ways to soothe your pain. Browse the treatment methods that AIMS Clinic specializes in, or contact us online to schedule an appointment today.

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