Mind Performance Center

J Douglas Brown, DC, DACNB

Neurology & Functional Neurology Practice located in Foley, AL

Tension headaches occasionally affect everyone, but about 17% of Americans regularly suffer severe headaches and migraines that affect their daily lives. J. Douglas Brown, DC, DACNB, at Mind Performance Center in Foley, Alabama, is a functional neurologist who takes a holistic approach, treating the underlying problem rather than just the symptoms. Dr. Brown develops a customized treatment plan that addresses all the possible causes of your headache, including restoring dysfunctional brain pathways that contribute to the problem. At Mind Performance Center we proudly serve residents of Foley, Fairhope, Daphne, Mobile, and Pensacola. To learn more about headache treatment options, book an appointment online or call the office today.

Headaches Q & A

What causes headaches?

There are more than 150 different types of headaches, but they all belong in one of two categories: primary and secondary.

Primary headaches

A primary headache is caused by a problem in your head or neck. Two of the most common primary headaches are migraines and tension headaches.

Secondary headaches

Secondary headaches develop due to an underlying health problem such as a traumatic brain injury, infection, jaw disorder, or sinus congestion.

What symptoms develop due to headaches?

All headaches cause pain, but the severity, duration, type, and location of the pain differ for each type. 

These are a few examples of the symptoms brought on by different types of headaches:

Tension headaches

Tension headaches cause mild-to-moderate, dull pain on both sides of your head. While tension headaches usually respond well to over-the-counter pain relievers, they can turn into chronic headaches.

Cluster headaches

Cluster headaches are one of the most severe headaches. They cause a sharp, piercing pain that’s usually around one eye or on one side of your head. The pain lasts from 15 minutes to several hours and it appears in clusters, so you may have daily headaches for months before going into remission.

Migraine headaches

Migraines cause intense, throbbing pain that’s often around one temple, but can affect both sides of your head. This type of headache lasts from 4-72 hours. During that time, you’ll experience symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, and sensitivity to lights, smells, and sounds.

Migraines are triggered by many possible internal and environmental factors such as stress, caffeine, skipping a meal, and changes in the weather.

How are headaches treated?

Headaches are typically treated with medications or nerve blocks to relieve the pain, shorten the duration, and reduce the frequency of future headaches. While medications can alleviate your symptoms, they don’t deal with the source of the problem. That means your headaches will return.

Dr. Brown can help you overcome the pain by evaluating every aspect of your health that could contribute to your headaches, including your diet, exercise, and environmental factors. Then he creates a holistic treatment plan that deals with each factor causing your headaches.

Dysfunction in a specific brain area may lead to your headaches. As a functional neurologist, Dr. Brown thoroughly assesses your brain pathways, identifies the problem areas, and develops therapeutic exercises that restore neuron activity and rebuild damaged pathways.

To learn more about your options for headache treatment, call Mind Performance Center or schedule an appointment online.