When people talk about headaches, they’re typically referring to either tension headaches or migraine headaches. However, there is a less common, yet even more dreadful, form of headache: cluster headaches. These headaches aren’t life threatening, although a sudden attack may feel otherwise. The good news is that our medical providers provide effective, non-pharmaceutical relief for your cluster headache issues here at Beyond Medical.

What are Cluster Headaches?

The pain of a cluster headache is typically so sharp and intense that it has led to the nickname “suicide headache.” Cluster headaches are mercifully short in duration, but they tend to occur in cycles that can go on for weeks or months at a time, often waking sufferers from sleep. (To add insult to injury, cluster headaches may go into remission for a year or more, only to dash your hopes by returning.) Unlike the more diffuse pain of a tension headache, a cluster headache may focus on one eye or one side of the face. In addition to extreme, searing pain, you may also experience eye redness or tearing, a runny nose, and swelling or drooping of the affected eye’s eyelid.

What Causes Cluster Headaches?

It’s hard to say why some people are predisposed to cluster headaches, or even why these mysterious headaches should occur at all. But it would appear that alignment problems in the topmost vertebrae of the spinal column (C1 and C2) may be involved. Your personal biochemistry may also be a factor; doctors have noticed that drinking alcohol, for instance, can trigger an attack.

Chiropractic Adjustments to Correct Underlying Imbalances

Treating cluster headaches with medications such as local anesthetics don’t work for everybody — and it’s only a stopgap response at best. For serious relief from cluster headaches, you need to treat the root of the problem, and that’s exactly what we do here at Beyond Medical.

Either chiropractor on our team can evaluate your upper cervical alignment to determine whether a subluxation in this area is making you prone to cluster headaches. We can then perform gentle, highly accurate chiropractic adjustments to bring your C1 and C2 vertebrae back into line with your skull and lower cervical vertebrae. In addition to improving nerve function, these adjustments can ease stress on your neck muscles, another possible cluster headache factor.

Get Relief from Your Cluster Headaches with our Chiropractors in Altamonte Springs

You deserve better than the recurring misery of cluster headaches. If you’re ready to move beyond those debilitating attacks, then seek the aid of Beyond Medical. Call our chiropractic clinic in Altamonte Springs, FL at (407) 261-1001 to schedule a consultation and treatment!