Manage Headaches with Chiropractic Treatments
According to the International Headache Society, headaches impact almost 40% of the American population. Head pain caused by migraines and tension headaches are not something you have to put up with!
If you are regularly dealing with debilitating headaches, then you know just how disruptive they can be to your everyday life. Whether you are dealing with a mild, dull ache, severe throbbing or painful tension headaches, along the scalp and neck, headaches can get in the way of you feeling like you.
While over-the-counter pain medication may offer some temporary relief from the pain associated with headaches—they won’t get to the root of the problem and won’t solve what is really causing your headaches.
This is why so many people turn to chiropractic care for their headache relief. Chiropractic care is a safe and effective solution that will not only get rid of headache pain but actually treat what is causing the headache in the first place. In fact, research indicates that regular chiropractic care is an effective treatment for some of the most common types of headaches. This includes migraines, tension headaches, neck pain and more.
If you are looking for natural, lasting relief for your headaches, chiropractic care may be the solution that you have been looking for.
Types Of Headaches
There are many types of headaches but here are the most common:
By far the most common type of headache is a “tension headache” which is usually attributed to stress. Tension headaches feel like a constant ache or pressure around the head, especially at the temples or back of the head and neck. There is usually an increased tension in the scalp and neck muscles felt as well. These types of headaches tend to cause mild to moderate pain with no other symptoms.
Tension headaches may be caused by the contraction of the neck and scalp muscles in response to stress, anxiety, and possibly change in brain chemicals. A variety of foods, activities and stressors can be triggers. People who are most susceptible are those with poor posture, who have to move their neck and shoulders a lot, or people who work at stationary, repetitive tasks such as working at a desk for long periods.
The pain of a “sinus headache” is usually felt in the cheekbones, forehead or bridge of the nose where the sinuses are located since it is caused by the swelling of your sinuses. The pain usually decreases after taking anti-inflammatory pain medication.
A cold, severe allergy or sinus infection can trigger a sinus headache.
Over the counter pain medication can be helpful including drinking plenty of water.
“Cluster headaches” affect only one side of the head and may include tearing of the eyes and nasal congestion. The pain associated with a cluster headache tends to be a burning or piercing sensation behind or around one eye. Pain can be quite severe and patients find it hard to get comfortable and feel relief until it passes. Cluster headaches are often chronic, recurrent headaches although patients may have periods without headaches alternating back to chronic headaches again.
Cluster headaches are the least common type of headaches and the specific cause is unknown.
Causes of Headaches
- Neck strain
- Missed meals
- Food sensitivities
- Loud music
- Changes in sleep patterns
- Oxygen deprivation
- A misalignment of the vertebra in the neck or spine
- Genetic components can also contribute to headaches and migraines
It’s important to realize that certain lifestyle choices can significantly influence the frequency and severity of a headache or migraine attack.
A gentle, whole-body approach to headache relief
The medical approach is taking pain relieving medication and trying to relax somewhere calm where it may make you feel better in the acute phase, but there is a natural and drug-free solution. If you suffer from severe or recurrent headaches, you may want to consider seeking chiropractic care, which has been shown to be successful in providing relief and even helping prevent this type of pain.
A chiropractor can help to relieve headaches and improve blood flow, which will increase the amount of oxygen that is supplied to the brain.
Most headaches can be treated naturally. Many headaches and migraines can be caused by problems in the neck which can be relieved in just a few treatments.
Chiropractic care can help with sinus congestion and relieve the pain associated with sinus infections. For example, upper cervical adjustments can help relieve tension on your brain stem. This adjustment helps your throat relax so that the sinus passages in your head drain better.
In addition to the adjustments you need, your chiropractor also may also recommend a change to your diet to help you improve your overall health.
How chiropractors treat migraines & headaches
Chiropractors offer a gentle, non-invasive, non-addictive therapy for headaches and migraines. Chiropractic adjustments reduce joint restrictions or misalignments in the spine. This reduces inflammation and improves the function of any affected joints. By increasing joint mobility and improving your nervous system function and spinal health, your body has the ability to better manage the pain caused by migraines and tension headaches.
Routine chiropractic care provides patients gentle and non-invasive treatment, focusing on releasing the tension and discomfort and aiding in ultimate relief. The chiropractic approach can be a highly effective treatment for tension headaches and those that either originate in or are affected by the neck.
What are the health benefits of chiropractic care for headaches and migraines?
- Reduced pain and discomfort
- Decreased inflammation
- Reduced recurrence of chronic headaches
- Relief from stress and tension disorders
- Improved physical function and performance
- Increased range of motion
How can I get safe, non-invasive relief from headaches?
At BeachView Chiropractic, we’ll assess your symptoms to see if chiropractic care is right for your condition. We will perform a consultation and a detailed examination and rule out any other causes of your headaches. We have extensive training and expertise that allows us to support your recovery and prevent future headaches. Along with specific spinal adjustments your personalized treatment plan may include recommendations about diet, exercise, vitamins, physical therapy exercises, and relaxation techniques.
Based on the findings of our chiropractic exam and consultation, we may recommend massage to help treat your headaches as an adjunct to your spinal adjustments.
For example, massage therapy helps to relax the soft tissue in your body and relieves areas of pressure. This can help you to relax and reduce the stress that may be contributing to your tension headaches.
Are you suffering from headaches and want to feel better faster?