Helpful Ways Our Rockefeller Chiropractors Ease the Agony of Cluster Headaches
It is likely that everyone has experienced a headache at one time or another. Cluster headaches, however, are a severe form of headache that is quite rare, affecting less than one percent of the population. Here at Rockefeller Health & Medical we know how to treat cluster headaches and have done so for the entire NYC area for years. This Rockefeller Center chiropractic office is your chiropractic care center for Midtown East, Hell's Kitchen, Midtown, and all-around general chiropractor in NYC.
What is a Cluster Headache?
Cluster headaches are known to be much more debilitating than regular headaches. In fact, the American Neurological Association lists it as one of the most painful experiences a person can endure. Women who have cluster headaches have described them as more excruciating than natural childbirth.
They are dubbed “cluster” headaches due to the fact that they come in a grouping cycle. That is, there are periods of pain, followed by relief, followed by pain, followed by relief, and so on and so forth. The duration of the period of pain can range anywhere from 15 minutes to 3 hours in duration. The cause of these intense headaches is not known.
Cluster Headache Symptoms
The onset of a cluster headache is sudden, unlike that of migraines which tends to gradually become worse. Thus, the searing pain that comes with one of these headaches is one of the first symptoms. This pain is often described as a hot poker through the eye. Other symptoms include:
- Auras before onset (rarely)
- One eyelid that is swollen or droopy
- A stuffy nose on the same side as eye pain
- Facial sweating, particularly the forehead
- Nausea and/or vomiting
- Sensitivity to sound and light
- A general feeling of agitation or restlessness
- Extreme pain down one side of the face
- Redness and/or tearing of the affected eye
How a Chiropractor Can Help
Although we do not know exactly what causes cluster headaches it is safe to infer that there is an imbalance or problem somewhere in the body that is leading to the headache. The goal of chiropractic care is to facilitate the optimal function of our patient’s entire body through improved brain-body communication.
Chiropractic adjustments can achieve the proper joint motion and Central Nervous System (CNS) function so that whatever imbalance that may be causing the headaches can be repaired. By specifically targeting the upper cervical joints, our chiropractors can help relieve the debilitating pain of a headache.
Contact Our Chiropractic Team Today
If you suffer from cluster headaches or simply want to know more about what Rockefeller Health & Medical can do for you, give our friendly helpful staff a call at (212)-388-5050, stop by our offices in NYC, or schedule an appointment online today.