What is Headache Behind Eyes?
A headache behind eyes can be a few forms of headache that will cause pain to appear behind the eyes. This can be very uncomfortable and somewhat painful depending on what type of headache you are experiencing.
How to “Read” Common Headache Behind Eyes
In order to find out what type of headache behind eyes you may have, it is good to know the different symptoms associated with the most common types.
Migraines can leave pain around the eye and temple area and spread to the back of your head. Migraines are also the leading condition linked to headache behind eyes. The follow symptoms are associated with a migraine:
- Aura: visual signs like a halo or flashing lights that appear before the pain begins or during
- Sensitivity to light, noise, and smells: a person who suffers from a migraine often retreats to a dark and silent room
- Headaches that last from several hours to a few days
- Loss of appetite
Tension headaches are the most common type of headaches and can cause a dull pain either on both sides of your head or across the front behind the eyes. The following symptoms are associated with a tension headache:
- Dull, aching head pain
- Tender scalp, neck, and shoulder muscles
- Tightness or pressure across the front, back, or sides of your head
Cluster headaches can cause extreme pain behind eyes. If you have this type of headache behind eyes, then it is often around one eye rather than both. The following are symptoms associated with cluster headaches:
- One-sides pain
- Excessive tearing
- Horrible pain generally situated in, behind, or around one eye that may move to other areas of the face, head, or neck
- Stuffy or runny nose on the side affected
- Redness of the eye on the affected side
- Drooping eyelid on side that is affected
Sinus headaches could cause a headache behind eyes or around the nose, forehead, cheeks, and upper teeth – all where the sinuses are located. Symptoms that come with sinus headaches are the following:
- Thick nasal discharge
What Can Cause Headache Behind Eyes
A headache behind eyes can be caused by many different things. While having the above headaches can cause your headache behind eyes, it may also be caused by the following:
- Muscle contractions in the head or neck regions
- Poor posture
- Stiff muscles
Most Common Reasons Adults Have Headache Behind Eyes Problems
Adults face a lot of muscle strain as well as poor posture. This strain and poor posture can lead to misalignments and, over time, can weaken the surrounding soft tissue and cause our headache behind eyes to begin or occur more often.
Most Common Reasons Children Have Headache Behind Eyes Problems
Children and adults can have the same causes behind their headache behind eyes.
When it comes to children, however, most may have their headache behind eyes come from infections, eye strain, and injury that could cause an upper cervical misalignment.
What to do About Headache Behind Eyes Problems
A healthy diet and lifestyle habits can help prevent headache behind eyes. However, not all headache behind eyes are preventable as accidents and injuries do happen.
In addition, our natural aging process can take a toll on our bodies. While medication and, if severe, surgery can help alleviate the pain, they do not help get rid of the actual cause of your headache behind eyes.
Instead of treating the symptoms of your headache behind eyes, we should at a natural way of fighting the cause. Most of the issues related to headache behind eyes can be found in the upper cervical area of our spine.
This area of our spine is located right beneath the base of our skull and consists of two main bones that protect our brain stem. When one or both bones fall out of alignment, this can cause many issues to arise.
Some of the issues that are caused by a compressed brain stem is a reduction of blood flow. This reduces the amount of oxygen your brain gets and can cause migraine headaches to appear. As for other headaches, when a misalignment is present, the surround muscles and ligaments begin to weaken and tense up.
This causes your neck and shoulder area to strain and become stiff – causing other types of headaches to occur. For headache behind eyes that are caused by infections, a compressed brain stem can take away the body’s ability to fight off infections properly.
Can Upper Cervical Adjustments Help Headache Behind Eyes?
Because the upper cervical spine plays an important role on protecting our brain stem and can cause our body to not function properly, a misalignment can do a lot of damage if left untreated.
Upper cervical misalignments not only cause various types of headaches that are associated with headache behind eyes, but it takes away your body’s natural ability to heal and repair itself because of the pressure placed on the brain stem.
When pressure is placed on the brain stem, it will distort your brain to body communication and stunt its healing processes. During a misalignment, the signals your body sends to your brain can be misinterpreted and cause you pain that shouldn’t be there. Many patients who have suffered migraines or other types of headache behind eyes seem to have gotten them from no known trigger.
Patients who have had prescription medication and surgery to help their headache pain have found greater improvement in their condition with upper cervical adjustments. This is because upper cervical adjustments can correct the cause of your headache behind eyes instead of treating the symptoms.
A healthy body starts from within, and it is incredibly important to have a healthy brain stem and upper cervical alignment to avoid such complications.
Upper Cervical Chiropractic Treatment for Headache Behind Eyes Problems
Upper cervical is a gentle, safe and an all-natural alternative to treating headache behind eyes no matter the age of the patient. Patients have had astounding outcomes from upper cervical treatment for headache behind eyes. You can notice an improvement in after as little as one adjustment.
The reason for this is simple: after a correction is made to realign the upper cervical spine, the body returns its proper brain to body communication instantly and begins the healing process right away.
However, the amount of time it takes for an adjustment to hold depends on how severe the misalignment is or how long you have had it as the soft tissue continues to weaken during the misalignment.
The good news is your body does have the ability to repair the surrounding soft tissue after a proper adjustment. An upper cervical chiropractor’s goal is to adjust the upper cervical spine until your body repairs the area and becomes strong enough for it to hold the alignment.
Diagnostic for Headache Behind Eyes Problems
Are you experiencing headache behind eyes? No matter what type of headache is causing your headache behind eyes, upper cervical adjustments can help you tremendously.
An upper cervical chiropractor can see if you have a misalignment by reviewing scans and a physical exam.
These will also help the chiropractor see how the misalignment is affecting your body and if it is causing even more complications than just a headache behind eyes.
We would like to invite you to accept our invitation for a free 15 minute phone consultation to speak with one of our upper cervical chiropractic doctors where you can ask any questions you may have and decide if an exam or care might be right for you.
If you are interested, you can call our office at (843) 225-5855.