Headaches are a common health problem that affects many people worldwide. They can range from mild discomfort to severe pain and can interfere with daily activities. There are different types of headaches, and understanding them can help you identify the appropriate treatment option. In this blog post, we will discuss the different types of headaches and their causes.

Tension Headaches:

Tension headaches are the most common type of headache, accounting for about 90% of all headaches. They are often described as a tight band-like sensation around the head and can last from 30 minutes to several days. Tension headaches are often caused by stress, anxiety, depression, or poor posture.

Migraine Headaches:

Migraine headaches are a type of headache that is often accompanied by nausea, vomiting, and sensitivity to light and sound. They can last from a few hours to several days and are often described as a throbbing or pulsing pain on one side of the head. Migraines can be triggered by certain foods, stress, hormonal changes, and other factors.

Cluster Headaches:

Cluster headaches are a rare type of headache that affects more men than women. They are characterized by severe pain on one side of the head and often occur in clusters over several weeks or months. Cluster headaches are often described as a burning or piercing pain and can be triggered by alcohol, smoking, or changes in sleep patterns.

Sinus Headaches:

Sinus headaches are caused by inflammation of the sinus passages and can be triggered by allergies, infections, or changes in air pressure. They are often described as a deep, constant pain in the forehead, cheeks, or nose.

Rebound Headaches:

Rebound headaches, also known as medication-overuse headaches, are caused by overuse of pain relievers or migraine medications. They can occur when pain relievers are used too often or in too high of a dose.

In conclusion, there are different types of headaches, and understanding them can help you identify the appropriate treatment option. At Absolute Health & Wellness, our team of healthcare professionals can help you manage your headaches and improve your overall function. Contact us today to schedule an appointment and take the first step toward a pain-free life.


When patients come to Absolute Health and Wellnessour team of experienced osteopaths, physiotherapists, naturopaths, chiropractors and massage therapists can provide personalized treatment plans to help you manage your headaches and improve your quality of life. Give us a call at 519 442 2206 or book online!


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About the Author - Sonia Gashgarian

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Sonia Gashgarian is a registered physiotherapist who graduated with a Master of Science in Physical Therapy from the University of Toronto. Prior to this she completed her Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology with Honours from the University of Waterloo. Sonia has completed courses in sports taping and basic kinesio-taping, as well as the McKenzie Method of Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy and Mulligan Concept. She also has her APTEI Acupuncture and Dry Needling Certification.

Sonia uses a variety of treatment techniques to help clients feel better and return to their regular activities as soon as possible. Her individualized treatments may include the following: education, joint mobilizations, exercise prescription, soft tissue release, trigger point release, taping, acupuncture and dry needling, cupping, and Gua Sha.

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