Migraine and Tension Headaches
Headaches can be one of the most frustrating things. Everyone has a headache every once in a while but some people suffer from it chronically. The symptoms may vary depending on the type of headache. The most common headaches are tension headaches and migraines, each triggered by different causes.
A tension headache is usually stress-related and is classified as a muscle contraction headache. The pain is frequently present at both sides of the head and lasts throughout the day, causing irritability and interfering with sleep. A tension headache is generally less severe than a migraine.
A migraine is less common than a tension headache. It is classified as a vascular headache, caused by a combination of blood vessels enlargement and the release of chemicals resulting in inflammation, pain, and further swelling of the temporal artery.
Migraines are often hereditary, and about three times more common in women than men.
Migraine pain is usually felt on one side of the head (in contrast to tension headache pain which is mostly bilateral), although a small percentage of people develop pain on both sides of the head. The pain can last anywhere between four hours to three days. Migraine pain is described as a pulsating or throbbing pain that involves other symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, and sensitivity to light, sounds, or odors. It is therefore advised to lie down in a dark and quiet room when having an attack.
About 20% of migraine sufferers experience an aura before the onset of a migraine. Auras consist of sparkling or flashing dots and lights, blind spots, distorted vision, lines in the visual field, and changes in smell or touch.
PEMF therapy can help relieve and even prevent both migraine and tension headaches. Regular use of the Curatron pulsed electromagnetic field therapy system can improve your energy level while decreasing stress, muscle tension, and pain.